Sci Fi Channel will be showing a preview of the episode on Friday at the official scifi.com website. The live streams begin each hour from 9 am to 4 pm ET. I don't know if the preview is only a 10-min. excerpt like the previews last week or whether Sci Fi is showing the entire episode online again.
[UPDATE: The entire episode will be available on the scifi.com website this Friday. Live streams begin each hour from 9 am to 4 pm ET. The streaming video will only be available to U.S. residents, however.]
If anyone watches the preview (whether it's only an excerpt or the entire episode), please refrain from posting any significant spoilers on this thread and forum until after the episode airs on the Sci Fi Channel. You can post general impressions before that time.
I think this season has been a success so far. There were a couple lulls along the way but we've also had more outstanding episodes than we've had since the 1st half of Season 3. Among my favorites from the season are "He That Believeth in Me," "The Ties That Bind," "Faith," "Guess What's Coming to Dinner?" and "The Hub." In addition to the creative success of the season, the audience has returned, with more people tuning in for Season 4 than for the 2nd half of Season 3.
After the spring episodes end, BSG won't go away completely, nor will this forum go into hibernation. I'm not so sure a Rewatch thread series will work. We tried that last year and interest died out after a couple weeks. Maybe I'll re-pin threads for some of the most important episodes from time to time. We'll also be on the lookout for news about the rumored BSG TV movies that may (or may not) be filmed this summer. The Caprica TV movie is scheduled to air later this year. I'm also going to resume work on my online BSG novel. Hopefully a few of you will have time to read it.
We'll also post news about the 2009 schedule as soon as it becomes available. Keep on the lookout and stick around the forum during the summer. I think it helps to show the broad level of interest in the show when BSG keeps showing up on the Top Ten list of most popular shows on TV.com. TV.com itself has gained more publicity in the past year. Entertainment Weekly named it one of the 10 best TV-related websites in their 2007 year-end edition. And then CBS Corp. announced its intention to pay $1.8 billion for all outstanding shares of CNET, the parent company of TV.com. CNET includes many other websites, including the main CNET website and News.com, but since CBS is primarily a television company, it seems obvious that TV.com's prominence was a significant reason for the CBS purchase offer.
So keeping BSG on TV.com's Top Ten list can provide one more signal to NBC Universal executives that there is a lot of interest in the show, enough interest to justify the production of BSG television movies. Battlestar Galactica: Razor reportedly did very well, with the DVD sales making it a profitable side-project for the franchise. I think this bodes well for more BSG TV movies. Some of the cast may not be available but I don't think that's a deal-breaker. Not all of the primary cast members were included in Razor and most regular episodes leave out some of the main stars and/or recurring stars. All they need are a core group of actors for each of the possible TV movies. They can also sign on new actors for roles like Kendra Shaw as needed. (If they ever need another extra to play one of the journalists in the scenes on Colonial One, I'm available. )
So just one more week to go before the first half of the final season of Battlestar Galactica comes to a close. It's a little sad to consider, but it's not over just yet. I expect we'll have quite a few posts here next weekend.
P.S. I changed the options in the poll this week. It's pretty clear that we have a regular troll who marks every single episode "Bad" and who also votes the same way on the guide. Thus, the last choice is now titled "Other."