Finding Battlestar Galactica: An Unauthorized Guide

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Lynnette Porter, David Lavery, Hillary Robson

Napierville, Illinois: Sourcebooks, 2008


Table of Contents


Jump: A FTL investigation into some aspect of Battlestar.





In the Beginning

1. That was Then

Jump: Under the DRADIS: Battlestar and the Critics

2. Piloting a Series

Reimagination at Work

3. The Next Generation: Battlestar Galactica Reimagines Deep Space [Heather E. Ash]

Jump: Cutting Corners: Keeping Science Fiction Real

4. From the Buffyverse to the Battlestar: Jane Espenson Comes Onboard [David Kociemba]

Jump: Michael Rymer: More Than a Go-To Guy [Sean Hockett]

5. R & D: Ronald D. Moore and David Eick as Collaborators

The Battlestarverse

6. In the Name of Gods: Monotheism and Polytheism in Battlestar Galactica

Jump: The Face of Edward James Olmos: Reflections on Television and Physiognomy

7. Love on a Battlestar

Jump: Red Spines and Hot Sex: Battlestar Erotics

8. Starbuck and the Gender Dynamics of Battlestar Galactica [Ewan Kirkland]

Jump: In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh: Battlestar Does the Funny

9. Women on Top

Jump: The Swirl, or the Intertextual Battlestar

10. Blood Will Tell

Jump: Gods & Stars: Mythology and Astrology in BSG


11. Carrying “Water”: An Interview with Marita Grabiak

12. “Kobol’s Last Gleaming,” I and II: Battlestar Galactica as Quality Television [Chris Smiley]

Jump: Frakking Up: When Battlestar Goes Awry

13. Cylon-Verite: “Final Cut” and Narrative Television

Jump: BSG Webisodes [Justin Door]

14. The “Razor’s” Edge

Jump: Taking the Last Shot: The Endings of Battlestar Episodes

Appendix A: Episode Guide

Appendix B: R & D Logos: A Catalog [Chris Smiley]






Heather E. Ash graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Radio/TV/Film and a minor in Creative Writing for the Media. She has written for Stargate: SG-1 and Glory Days. Her original spec pilot, Square One, was featured in Written By’s Unproduced” issue.

Justin Door is an undergraduate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  He is pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering, but between time spent researching airfoil control systems and rocket propulsion systems, he enjoys science fiction and fantasy.

Sean Hockett recently graduated with honors in film and television at Brunel University in the UK. He co-authored the chapter on “Comic Book Heroes” in Saving the World: A Guide to Heroes.

Ewan Kirkland received his doctorate at the University of Sussex and lectures in Media Studies at Buckinghamshire New University in the UK. He organized a 2007 conference on Battlestar Galactica. He has published on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, heterosexuality in romantic comedies, and masculinity in the work of Robin Williams, and videogames.

Currently serving as the president of the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College union, David Kociemba has taught at Emerson and at four other area colleges and universities for the past seven years. Past courses include introductory media history classes and seminars devoted to exploring topics like American film censorship, the representation of physical disability, video art, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition, he has taught talented 4th-12th grade students the principles and practice of parliamentary debate at College Academy and the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club. He won the 2007 Mr. Pointy Award for his article, “‘Actually, it explains a lot’: Reading the Opening Title Sequences of  BtVS.”

David Lavery is Chair in Film and Television at Brunel University in London. The author of numerous essays and reviews and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over a dozen books (including three with Lynnette Porter and Hillary Robson) on such television series as Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, Seinfeld, Deadwood, Lost, Heroes, and My So-Called Life. He co-edits Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies and is one of the founding editors of Critical Studies in Television. He has lectured around the world on the subject of television.

Lynnette Porter teaches humanities courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, where she is an associate professor. She frequently collaborates with David Lavery and Hillary Robson to create books about other TV series, including Lost and Heroes. She also has published numerous papers, essays, chapters, and a book about Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and currently is working on additional LotR-themed book projects, as well as chapters in David Lavery’s forthcoming Cult TV.

Hillary Robson is a recent graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a Masters degree in English. Her major areas of interest include fandom, popular culture, and television studies. She is the author of a chapter in Investigating Alias: Secrets and Spies and co-author (with Lynnette Porter and David Lavery), of Lost’s Buried Treasures: The Unofficial Guide to Everything Lost Fans Need to Know and Saving the World: A Guide to Heroes. She is co-editing (with Cynthia Burkhead) a collection of essays on Grey’s Anatomy (forthcoming from Cambridge Scholars Press).

Christopher Smiley recently graduated from Brunel University in London.