SciFi network (who’s parent company NBC-Universal also owns the NBC network) has a bad habit of injecting unreasonable mid season breaks into its flagship series, Battlestar Galactica.
After the mid season finale (what the hell is a ‘mid-season finale’ ?) the series will be absent until at least the first quarter of 2009. The void has a lot of fans jonesing for the much hyped conclusion to the series.
The trend of the mid season break has affected many popular shows including ABC’s ‘LOST’. Fans of both shows (such as myself) have become increasingly frustrated with delays and interruptions to our favorite programs. However, LOST was able to complete its truncated season with only a two week break despite the WGA Writers strike.
SciFi Network Executives and BSG producers are now talking about the possibiliy of several TV/DVD Battlestar galactica movies similar to ‘Razor’ which aired just before the premier of season four. Additionally Producers have hinted that the conclusion of season four could be expanded witht eh season finale clocking in at three hours. have no doubt SciFi will break that into at least two parts.
All of that sounds really great for fans of BSG but consider that RAZOR pushed back the fourth season of BSG by almost a quarter. If Sci Fi continues to manage the series the way they have with three month or longer breaks in the season then, three TV/DVD films could effectively push the final three episodes of BSG into the early 2011 TV season. If you think that sounds unreasonable, then please rmember before RAZOR was confirmed, SciFi Network teasers indicated that season four was to air in the fall of 2007. Essentially all fans got was two hours of recap and bonus material.