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The final season of Battlestar Galactica has begun. I'm disappointed that this will be the end of one of my all time favorite television series, but I’m exited to see how it all plays out. It's good to have Katee Sackhoff return as Starbuck (even if she is eventually revealed to be a psychotic cylon).

SyFy claims that this will be a no holds barred, action packed season of Battlestar Galactica with no filler episodes. Thank goodness for that. there were some pretty terrible episodes in season three. Considering the state of the series at that point, I'm glad that no further harm can be done to what was once the best show on television.

According to "well-informed sources" The final episode of Battlestar Galactica will run three hours, which extends the second half of Season four to 11 hours rather than the originally planned 10 hour run-time. Additionally, it seems that at least one additional movie similar to Battlestar Galactica: Razor will be produced.

Unfortunately, this is already going to be a short season due to the WGA writers’ strike AND there is going to yet another mid-season break. It is unfortunate that such an acclaimed series has been interrupted with these annoying mid-season breaks.

This news from Dark Horizons

… Meanwhile the proposed spin-off series “Caprica” is going forward with a two-hour back-door pilot for the prequel being given the green light by the Sci-Fi Channel. The action is set 50 years before the events in Battlestar Galactica. “Caprica” is expected to air March 19th 2008.

additional BSG coverage can be found at: Galactica Sitrep blog.

Justin Bruening and Deanna Russo star in Knight Rider, a reboot of the popular 1980's series which starred David Hasselhoff. NBC's entertainment executives must think that re-envisioning old programs is the cats ass. Unfortunately, We're all tired of half-heated reboots.

Either that, or they have simply run out of new ideas. Battlestar Galactica was a huge hit with both fans and critics, after all. I didn’t really see Knight Rider as a prime candidate for an update but there you have it. NBC aired the new Knight Rider last evening.

I’m wondering what you thought of it (if you watched it). There is always some lament from fans of classic TV programs when an updated version if produced. In the case of the Knight Industries Three Thousand being a Ford Mustang I am certain that a lot of people wailed in disapproval. There can be no doubt that the Ford Mustang rocks. Was it the right choice for the new K.I.T.T.? No. I don’t think so. I doubt fans would have accepted the Corvette any more than the Mustang but the Cadillac CTS (which is very nearly a corvette) would have been amazing done up in all black.

The made for TV movie was little more than a huge advertisement for Ford. Many of the vehicles seen in the program also happened to Ford products (except the SUV driven by the main antagonist which happened to be a General Motors product) that’s incredibly lame. If you remember the piss poor (and short lived) series Viper which was about a high tech crime fighting Dodge viper, all the vehicles seen in the series just happened to be Dodge/Chrysler products. There really should be a limit to product Placement no matter what portion of the bill a given company sponsors.

The cameo appearance of David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight was an interesting nod to the classic series. but not enough to make retro TV fans care about the new Knight Rider. But of course the new Knight Rider was doomed from the start. Thankfully it is now just a vague and unpleasant television memory. The NBC Knight Rider site is still up. Why hasn’t this been removed? If I were an executive at NBC, I would want to destroy all evidence of this abomination.

So, it’s come to this: Bioware and EA shelved Mass Effect. The whole franchise is on hiatus. There will be no “Mass Effect Andromeda: 2” in the foreseeable future. This  probably shouldn’t surprise anybody, given the negative press shit-storm surrounding Mass Effect Andromeda.

Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, and Summer Glau in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a new fox series based on the Terminator franchise. The premier airs tonight at 8:pm EST.

The premise of the series seems to be Sarah Connor’s continuing struggle to protect her son John from robotic executioners from the future. The new series is produced by Josh Friedman, David Nutter, and C2 Pictures.

Excerpt from Fox.Com Fall Preview:

Directed by David Nutter and produced by Warner Bros. Television and C-2 Pictures, THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES represents an exciting reinvention of the “Terminator” franchise, in which the strong and intrepid Sarah discovers that protecting her son and stopping the rise of the machines is more difficult than she had ever imagined.
Fox Fall Preview, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles is set after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment day, which should suit fans of the franchise as the third Terminator film was widely regarded as a failure. As much as I enjoyed the first two Terminator films, I was sorely disappointed by "Rise of the Machines". I was interested in this series from the moment it was announced. Maybe this chapter of the Terminator story isn't over.

The cast features Lena Headey and Summer Glau

The cast features Lena Headey as Sarah Connor, Thomas Dekker as John Connor, and Summer Glau as Cameron (John’s protector). Lena Heady would seem to be a fine choice to play Sarah Connor after her short but powerful role as Queen Gorgo in the film 300. Unfortunately, the new Sarah Connor looks more like a soccer mom than a woman who fights unstoppable killing machines. I think Fox softened her appearance a bit too much.

Linda Hamilton’s portrayal of Sarah Connor was incredible. Stripped bare to the essentials, Ripped and driven with only one priority: prevent the future from happening by any means necessary. So okay, maybe she wasn’t delusional, there really were machines from the future sent to kill her and later he son. However, her sanity has definitely been affected by some of the events she has witnessed. Sarah Connor should be jaded, cold, hard, and bitter.

Summer Glau is an interesting choice as the “good” terminator, but this plot device has been done to death already. It was a great plot concept to suggest that John Connor (in the future) re-purposed a terminator and sent it back in time to defend his younger self. It was such a great concept that it had already been done … Schwarzenegger played this role twice already (and only succeeded once).

I reserve my opinion about Summer Glau until I see more of her in the series. After seeing the combat sequences in Serenity I suppose I can accept that she is a killing machine. Interestingly enough, I think she would make a great Ellen Ripley in a new generation of “Aliens” films. Yeah, that’s another great franchise that was ruined but that’s another story.

What about John Connor?

John Connor seems shallow and cliché, as if he had not matured or learned anything in the years following T2. If you recall from the film, John had been in and out of foster care for years. He was finally placed with a white trash family who essentially used him for the government benefits check.

His attitude reflected his childhood: rotten. His mother was locked up in a mental institution and he had no stability in his life. This was a statement about Dis-functional families as much as it was about killer robots. Years later we are to believe that John is still the same wise-cracking and rebellious personality? I find it difficult to accept that, even after learning that his mother was not delusional and accepting the reality of the future John has not demonstrated any of the leadership traits which eventually make him the savior of humanity.