If you want to watch something that makes what’s going on in the outside world look cheery and upbeat, you can dive into the BSG reboot for free from SyFy. They’re streaming the Mini-series (pilot), all four seasons and the two movies, The Plan and Razor.
Richard Hatch, the man who originated the role of Apollo on the 1978 version of Battlestar Galactica, has passed away at age 71. He joined the cast of the 2003 reboot as terrorist/political leader Tom Zarek.
He was no stranger to genre film (particularly the B-grade variety) and had appeared in the legally questionable Prelude to Axnar (and was set to appear in the full version, had that gone through).
Visual Effects genius and the man behind the effects of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, Gary Hutzel, has passed away at age 60. Mr. Hutzel, who was nominated for 20 Emmy awards and won four, was also the FX lead for the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Caprica, and Defiance.
In other news, the man who built R2-D2, Tony Dyson has also died. After his work on Star Wars, Mr. Dyson set up two clubs in the UK to allow people to build their own R2 units. Builders from those clubs were the ones that built the R2-D2 prop used in last year’s The Force Awakens.
It’s just a demo reel, so don’t go hunting on Amazon for a remastered edition just yet.
I have to say, I wasn’t too sure about the remastering job they were doing to the original Star Trek, but after having watched a few episodes, I can honestly say they are an actual improvement (and not just a “Lucasing” of the old material).
I genuinely hope they go ahead with this since the old series relied heavily on recycled stock shots throughout its short run.
After being shelved for about a year, SyFy has decided to release what was the pilot as webisodes on Machinima.com, starting this Friday (though they don’t seem to have the show listed yet). The following clip is sure to give Hard Sci-Fi purists an apoplectic fit.