Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5

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All will be revealed as the thrilling final episodes of Battlestar Galactica 4.5 land on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def. From their initial action-packed battles against the Cylons to their desperate attempts to find the fabled 13th colony, Earth, a determined band of human survivors has captivated audiences everywhere with their desperate quest to find a new home for their dwindling numbers. Join them now as the fleet journeys into the furthest reaches of unexplored space and faces a c… More >>

Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5

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  1. Okay Katee Sackhoff is amazing. In one galactica episode pegasus there is a hello Larry sitcom joke. This guy named Larry is checking out an engine port and says he used to be on the scylla cause portland is a long way from la as the hello Larry theme went. I recognize Katee Sackhoffs warped sense of humour in that joke. Katee having script access is cool. I met Katee at a busstop and she hinted she likes the old man. Magazine Writer Brent Butterworth is a friend of ours as well. Live your life beef free Katee.

    So Katees friend came to Earth from a place called Tau Ceti Terra 11.66 light years away a bit more close than reported. I have a Tau Cyborg connection thats like Caprica. I’ve watched Laservision feeds coming back from Tau Ceti Terra after 23 years Kati like in order Videodrome, Patton, Silverado, and Red Dawn the video quality is quite good. My fertilized egg is from Tau Ceti Terra, Half Mao left hemisphere half QE2 and lets just say I know why Mao likes the Cocacola license, technicolor license and jugs and fang tears jaft. The ship was Lead and diamond you need a lot of radiation screening and giant moons are a good way for terrestrials to travel to Earth. Dad cares during Downed airman drills. Mao and Casca copies rock. I have spent time with my relatives who have clever senses of humour and great interest in firearms literature. So God bless Earthlings who have shown me great kindness during downed airman drills includin Macs Milk, McDonalds, Tim Hortons, and Petro Canada. I asked for a badge number and they gave me my old one 1008. As Double Oh Eight I have protected the Queen Elizabeth 2 Windsor and backed up my we say Zedong. To the veegans Id like to say Predators eat cowboy lolipops? Really? Maybe the Signature Lounge Chicage nicely marbelized.

    So its nice that the Galactica found planet Earth. Mao and the Windsors are doing fine. QE2 can be coned back from my Right hemispheres dna. so in my universe and the Galactica universe everyone lives happily ever after. Like Galactica 80 can Galactica 10 be far off?
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. i bought 4.5 on bluray at best buy this week, and probably WON’T be buying the rest of the series on bluray. the detail looks so crisp and clear, the cylon centurions CGI looks LESS believable than it does on regular dvd.

    i’m glad i didn’t buy the whole series package that’s coming out.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. This is the reason the BluRay goes for LESS now on Amazon than the DVD!

    I was so excited to see BG on BluRay, I was disappointed I had already purchased too many seasons on DVD to justify getting the entire series on Bluray, so this was my only option to get a season I didn’t have. (Although other seasons look GREAT when the DVD version is Upscaled!!)

    Oh my God I was so disappointed with the BluRay 🙁 I don’t know where to start.

    The beginning…I put the first Disk in the player and waited with anticipation for the splash screen. It came up..Crystal clear digital lettering, a nice interface. But in the side window, the worst, ugliest video played. It was like looking at 2 different standards. I thought, “My God its like watching a TV station from 100 miles away”. The picture was grainy, the colors washed out, it had static. Is this the look they were going for? It made no sense.

    I tried playing an episode.

    Oh Great, every time you play an episode, Moore has to pop his head up again giving you his 10 minute dissertation on how great this is going to look. HE is digitally clear, bright and the color saturation is perfect!

    Then the episode starts. GRAINY, WASHED OUT, TINTED. I tried it in the BluRay and the PS3…Same thing. I wanted to give Moore a slap on his face for the incessant boasting!

    I decided there must be a problem with my setup. So I took it to BestBuy. They told me it had to be my $5 HDMI cable. But it looked exactly the same on their $50 Dynex cable (who pays $50 for Dynex anything?) Even their better cables, same thing! Even they had to admit, it wasn’t pretty! I thpought he was joking in the commentary, but now I think it actaully was shot with a Retail Store cam.

    That is just part of the problem. As I mentioned before this irritating intro by Moore comes up every time you do something with the disk. And its like he is laughing at you for being a sucker and paying the extra 10 bucks or more. He should be apologizing!

    Also, when you are watching an episode and you realize you have seen this one already, you can’t exit to the main menu. I had to reboot the disk on the Sharp player and the PS3. You are trapped in the episode! Sometimes it just goes blank at the end of the episode and the player can’t even shut down. I never had that happen with any other BluRay.

    With all this, I won’t even go into his wife’s babbling and child worship on the commentary track. That one kid of their’s should be named PatPat (I swear its the kid version of the guy from Sat. Night Live. Somebody get this kid a nutritionist…please!). And I don’t have much appreciation for Moore’s cursing on the commentary either. Just doesn’t add anything to the content for me.

    Anybody want to trade me a DVD version?
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. This is something I posted over on the BSG: Complete Series Blu-Ray page, but I think it applies equally to the Season 4.5 page, as Universal made the same omission in both sets.

    I was all set to buy the Battlestar Galactica: Complete Series Blu-Ray release, even though the thing is so expensive I was practically going to have to take out a second mortgage on my house to afford it. But for whatever reason, Universal has chosen not to include the Face of the Enemy webisodes on the Blu-Ray or DVD releases of Battlestar Galactica: Series 4.5 or Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series. Since I want a complete story, not just the parts Universal arbitrarily feels like sharing at the moment, I no longer intend to purchase the set. While this turn of events is actually to my financial advantage, I am disappointed nonetheless, as I was really looking forward to owning this show on Blu-Ray.

    I know some would argue that the webisodes are still available online and I can watch them there. While that’s true, why should I have to pay hundreds of dollars for a high-def Blu-Ray product that I’m going to watch on a large, flat-screen TV only to have to watch what is a (to some more than others) critical part of the story via a low-def YouTube clip on a tiny computer monitor? That seems to sort of miss the mark…

    And to those who would say that the webisodes were not part of the series and therefore Universal isn’t required to include them in a Complete Series release, you are technically correct; Universal can still slide by with calling this a “Complete Series” without the webisodes, since it includes every episode of the TV series proper. But that doesn’t make it a complete story, which is what I’m looking for. Note that a few years ago, when Twin Peaks: Season 1 was released without the pilot movie (which was unavailable due to some really bizarre international licensing issues and not technically part of the first season), the set’s packaging and promo materials were up-front about the pilot’s absence; Universal has made no such concession, as they clearly want folks to be suckered into buying this without knowing that they are missing what equates to about a full episode’s worth of story and some rather critical information about a character (particularly as it relates to actions that character takes later in the series, which some argue seem a bit out-of-character without the context of the webisodes).

    So, Universal, thanks for saving me all that money, but maybe next time, instead of using so much of your own money to come up with that ridiculous disc packaging that so many people on here seem to despise, you’ll put some of it towards overcoming whatever (I’m guessing) minor obstacles arose that precluded from including the webisodes and giving fans a complete story.

    Just sayin’.

    (P.S. I’ve heard rumblings that Universal plans to make the Face of the Enemy webisodes avaible via another means. I remain skeptical since the correct time for them to release this part of the story was with the Complete Series and 4.5 sets, and they’ve given no concrete evidence that they are really going to do this; if they were too lazy to do it when people were paying hundreds of dollars for a Complete Series set release, why would they do it for anything else? However, if Universal really does find a way to provide those who purchased these sets with Blu-Ray copies of the webisodes, I may change my opinion.)
    Rating: 1 / 5


    I can picture Ron Moore in a round table discussion with his writers after the end of their strike allowed for a full final season of BSG.

    “There must be some kind of way out of here,” he probably muttered to David Eick, referring to the trap they set for themselves by rushing to finish the series in a dignified fashion at the end of 4.0. I’m sure the fear that there would be no further episodes pushed the team to find a degree of closure in finding Earth in a hurry and by writing things like Mr. Gaeta’s line, “known constellations are a match.” Combine that with referring to actual names for the constellations (i.e. Sagittarius instead of Sagittarion) as their “ancient names” in the tomb of Athena in Season 2, killing off your heroine without a concrete plan to explain her return, and pigeonholing the writers into finding a planet to call Earth at the series end, and the result of trying to end the show a second time without the plan that guided Mr. Moore thus far may as well include Fonzie water-skiing.

    These abundant, but individually forgivable issues turn into major plot holes when the second Earth, our Earth that we are standing on now, is not the one they were referring to all along. They chose to show that the second Earth was truly ours with our continents, and even our Times Square… but apparently our real constellations are something of a paradox as both planets wouldn’t have the same view of them. The names of the colonials’ ancient constellations of the past somehow was to spring up again to become terms from our ancient past rather than their modernized versions of the words. By placing them 150,000 years in the past, we guarantee that absolutely no one from the fleet will successfully teach mankind living on Earth anything about civilization, language, or culture, as the sloppy time-line is set about 100,000 years too early for that to be a possibility. Not even Hera/mitochondrial Eve gets a happy ending as her life ended quite young according to National Geographic. Most of the continents that the 30,000 spaceship-dwelling survivors would have dispersed between were devoid of humans or protection, yet they chose to leave every trace of their technology and conveniences on a collision course with the Sun. If it is not the logic or minutiae of these incongruous events that should give a viewer pause, than it is the abandonment of the ultra-realistic characters’ personalities and souls that should concern us.

    Admiral Adama chose to leave his only surviving family member behind for good after spending the last 4 years trying to keep him close; his son is left alone to “explore” the globe on foot after his soul-mate turns out to be no different than Harvey the pooka, vanishing into thin air. The soul of the fleet, Kara Thrace is abandoned by Mr. Moore just before she can have an appreciable end to her story. No version of the word “frak” can define how uninspired and cheap the story becomes when arbitrary snap decisions must be used to determine the fate of an entire story that has already ended once. Albeit the first go at finding Earth left us with empty stomachs, but at least it retained a semblance of dignity for the exceptional staff that tirelessly worked on BSG for almost 5 years.

    Let me make this clear: I love Battlestar Galactica. It had an incredible run, which included countless moments of brilliance and art from its amazing actors, inspired directors, and visionary writers. Unfortunately, as BSG has told us on numerous occasions through its plot lines, those visionaries can be wrong; can let us down. Ultimately, it is up to us to carry on and decide what makes sense for ourselves rather than listening to those who would rather drop the ball at the finish line rather than following Starbuck’s mantra of “fight ’em until we can’t.” I challenge any and all fans to rewrite Daybreak, or alternatively the entire of Season 4.5 so that we may find a more logical, fitting, and challenging end to what may be one of the greatest television shows in recent history until its final moments. So say we all.

    Rating: 2 / 5

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