Speaking of BSG, the Caprica/The Plan panel took place at Comic Con yesterday. There may have been rage as I read tweets from attendees at the panel pop up on my computer screen. The rage was not directed at Ron Moore or David Eick, but Edward James Olmos.
Truth is, I don't care for the man. I know the cast and crew heap endless praise upon him and I don't know him so I can't fairly judge whether or not he's a swell guy. But I do know from reading interviews and con reports and seeing him in person at a con, he will monopolize any discussion (Grace Park was a surprise guest at yesterday's panel and it seems she didn't get a word in). And he'll throw things out there as if it's gospel when it's simply his opinion and we're suppose to love him for it. At least he's making me feel better about skipping BSG panels at this years Dragon Con.
What specifically pissed me off this time? Someone asked whether The Plan would be the last Battlestar Galactica film. Ron and David were, rightfully, vague in answering since the possibility of another film hinges on a lot of issues. Such as The Plan's success and whether the network wants to invest in further projects, the availability of the producers, writers, and cast, and perhaps the biggest obstacle - the series finale. Ron Moore really didn't leave room to develop stories past the ending (Could you have Battlestar Galactica without the Galactica?) and my assumption is it was a deliberate choice.
But Eddie felt compelled to state he guarantees The Plan will not be the last movie because he's able to see into the future and tell us The Plan will be so successful it's going to "rock their (the network's) pants off". If the hyperbole weren't bad enough, he's written a script in which we'll get to see what happens after Adama's last scene in the finale. It seems Adama built that rustic log cabin, by himself, with no tools, and Tigh comes knocking on his door to tell him they have a problem. My first thought was, "This has to be a joke." But no one was reporting it as a joke and Mo Ryan, in her recap of the panel as well as Bear McCreary's concert, includes a brief video interview with Ron in which she follows up on Eddie's statements.
Now, while Ron states "never say never" for future BSG films, he makes it clear that Eddie's declaration is Eddie's hope for the future. That Ron discusses the problem of the sets having been destroyed (though there is digital footage of them all), seems to indicate that *if* they did another film it would not be set on earth. But then Eddie doesn't seem to be thinking about the potential for the franchise, but the potential for creating a showcase for himself. Forget that Adama seemingly cut himself off from the fleet when he presumed they no longer needed him and went off to live out his days in isolation or, in my hopeful view, die on a rock sitting next to his corpse bride. Forget that Tigh would be hard pressed to locate him without all that equipment they sent into the sun. Let's ask what possible crisis could there be that only the Great William Adama could solve? Do the other Cylon models find them and decide to finish the job they started four years earlier? Is Adama going to regroup the remnants of the military to gather sticks and rocks to fend off an attack?
At least Ron seems to see the crazy as well. Or, in a more diplomatic way, he says he doesn't know if he wants to tell that (Eddie's) story and feels there is something satisfying in just leaving them there...and allowing the fans to write various fictions. ;) Whether you loved the finale or hated it, I think we can agree it's up to Ron whether or not he wants to do anything more with BSG and that he has every right to want to move on to other projects.
What it boils down to I feel, is it's Eddie who doesn't want to leave the BSG universe behind. While he's been a respected actor for many years, he has never been the focus of the kind of attention he's received by being part of this one series. And I've noticed that while other cast members have done a con or two since the series ended, he seems to be appearing at a lot. He's enjoying the platform he's been given and fan adoration and he seems unwilling to walk away from it. Most of the other actors have gone on to new projects and, as much as they loved their time working on Battlestar Galactica, have not expressed any desire to return to their characters. Jamie has gone so far as to say he's done playing Lee Adama. So if SyFy, in another boneheaded move, wants to bank roll the wacky adventures of Bill Adama and Saul Tigh, I won't be watching. Not even to mock.
Torchwood: Children of Earth has now concluded it's run in the U.S. And since I began this post, there has been an announcement by BBC American that the BBC has, unsurprisingly, picked up the show for a fourth series. I shared my gut-reaction to the final two parts here, but have been thinking about the mini series a bit more since then. I have not done a 180 in my opinion, though I think if I watched it in it's entirety again, after having read the reactions of people whose analysis I respect, I might see things a bit differently. However, something occurred to me that strengthens my feelings regarding one problem I had.
I've seen the arguments that, with the stakes being so high for the planet, it wouldn't have made sense for the Torchwood members to come out of the crisis unscathed and the team intact. Jack is immortal and Gwen is our POV character within the series, which leaves Ianto the one to be sacrificed. I'm not sure I entirely agree with the argument that someone needed to die, but I might have been more accepting of it had Ianto not died in such a pointless manner.
But as I was watching BBC America's "Inside the Hub" special (more entertaining than the actual series at times) as well as a couple of the declassifieds that were aired the new something began to bother me. A lot of time was spent on Ianto's backstory in CoE. Not only did we meet his family, physical abuse by his deceased father was alluded to. Why? Why drop hints to a painful childhood which, until now, had had an unknown effect on Ianto that we'll never get answers to? This is even more problematic to me than the time spent debating whether or not Ianto and Jack were a couple. And after watching the recap special with highlights of the Jack/Gwen relationship and the attraction/feelings alluded to between the two, I'm left to wonder if Jack did love Ianto or if he was just a guy he liked and cared about and could pass the time with because Gwen was with Rhys?
So, yes, Children of Earth was the best written Torchwood series and did dare to go places that at least U.S. network TV would dare not go, but I'm still finding the character developments troublesome.
And while I totally believe showrunners have the right to do whatever they wish to do with their creations, I also feel it was unnecessary for Russell Davies to throw gasoline on the fire in reaction to fan reaction to the current series. By the way, Russell, it was more than a few fans.
As I may have mentioned in the past, to distract me from work at work I listen to shows on Hulu. I was ridiculously excited when Stargate: SG1 was added to the site. I only watched random episodes from the first three seasons because those seasons were...not great. Season 4 is when, if you are going to get hooked, you get hooked and are able to watch the entire season without skipping over any episodes. But as work my way through season 5 I'm wondering if something happened during the hiatus between seasons? The season premiere, 'Enemies', suffers from plot overload. (There's everything but a gold platted Goa'uld kitchen sink thrown in.) No one apparently viewed Orlin as a creepy stalker in 'Ascension'. And while I'm use to the show not dealing with the consequences of SG1's actions, there is some really dodgy morality going on and Jack, who is Colonel Sarcasm, crosses over into asshole territory on numerous occasions. I've never considered myself *in* the SG1 fandom so I'd love to know now if there was some behind the scenes drama that resulted in a wonky start to Season 5.