Friday, June 01, 2007

Galactica's Final Season

This would be news if it didn't feel like the show was already over:

Low-rated but critically worshipped Sci Fi Channel drama "Battlestar Galactica" will sign off next year after its fourth season, producers said Thursday.

Move isn't a stunner. Rumors about the show's fate have been swirling for months, and the skein had to fight to get renewed for a fourth season.

Despite some of the best reviews for any show on TV -- and a fiercely loyal fan base -- "Battlestar" is a very expensive show to produce, especially for a cable net. Sci Fi has tried to turn that buzz into bigger ratings, but the show never seemed to break out beyond a core niche.

The problem was that they turned all that buzz into what turned out to be by far their weakest season. If I was a new viewer I would have been scratching my head over all those rave reviews. And you'll notice the avalanche of positive press came about midway through Season 2 before things started to unravel. Heck I even read a rave in the New Yorker.

"Battlestar" will begin its fourth season with a two-hour episode in November. It will then return in early 2008 to finish out its 22-episode run.

Cabler hasn't yet said if it plans to move forward with a proposed "Battlestar" prequel series.

I wonder if this means that they changed their mind about the Pegasus TV movie or if that's what they mean by the two-hour episode in November? The Caprica spin-off certainly seems to be D.O.A. Neither sounded like a very good idea to me. And at this point I'm not sure what I should want out of the final season. Do we really want to see Earth? At this point it can't help but be ultra-cheesy.