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Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far

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Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far is a special program aired on the Sci Fi Channel that summarizes the first two seasons of the Re-imagined Series. The special was intended to attract new viewers and offers no new content for frequent viewers of the series. [1]

On the evening of August 13, 2006, NBC affiliates on the U.S. West Coast broadcast the special following the Cincinnati-Washington NFL football game. The program was aired repeatedly on the Sci-Fi Channel in August/September 2006 prior to the Season 3 premiere.

Narrated by actress Mary McDonnell (voicing the narration in her character of Laura Roslin), The Story So Far ignores several supporting and significant story arcs and character developments in the interest of the program's limited 43 minute air time.

Significant information missing from the special program include:

  • The trials of Helo while marooned on Caprica in Season 1
  • The arrival of the battlestar Pegasus and Adama's conflict with its commander, Admiral Cain
  • The relationship between Galen Tyrol and Sharon Valerii
  • The presidential coup that leads to the arrest of Laura Roslin, the declaration of martial law and the temporary splitting of the Fleet.
  • Any reference to Billy Keikeya, a central supporting character in Season 1

The feature provides two possible answers to questions posed in the series:

  • The civilians who were left behind with Helo on Caprica, died due to radiation poisoning.
  • Crewmembers who suspect Boomer of being a Cylon wrote the word on her mirror in "Six Degrees of Separation".

Areas that attempt to plot significant events of the show include a recap of the Miniseries in the program's first twenty minutes, a synopsis of the first season by the half-hour mark, and generally concise information on Season 2. Several scenes are generally shuffled out of their aired timeline to explain important relationships.

The program was available in several online venues for free viewing, including the iTunes Store (iTunes software required). It is also included on the UK Season 3 DVD set, as well as the UK DVD releases of several other shows [2].

References

  1. The Futon Critic (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 2006-08-11.
  2. For example, the Heroes Episode One DVD (with the Seaquest DSV pilot included), which was intended to promote the show prior to the release of the first Heroes boxset including the special and the pilot, probably served as advertising for all three shows




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