So Long Galactica
March 20, 2009

As I was putting my 5 year old daughter to bed last night she asked me "Dad, what’s your favorite TV show?"  and after thinking about it and weighing Lost against everything else I had to say
"It’s a show called ‘Battlestar Galactica‘." And then I had to say "and oddly enough the last show is tomorrow night."

It’s sometimes hard to convince the non-watchers to get on board this show because most of them remember the old show with it’s goofy costumes with capes, monkeys dressed up as robot dogs and Dirk Benedict.  Even I was not anxious to watch the original miniseries when it was first announced.  As a matter of fact I only watched the first 2 of the 4 hours.  Then when it became a series I said I’d give it one more chance, and watched the episode named "33"  and when it was over I said out loud "I will watch every episode they make of this."   And I have.  And it has consistently been on my top three shows that I MUST watch as soon as they air (along with The Shield, which also ended this year, and LOST which ends next year).

During the writers strike my girlfriend and I got into watching a lot of BBC shows, and the thing that is unique about them is that they have a story to tell and they tell it and when it’s done, it’s done.  There are a few American shows that are also picking up on this idea, but largely TV just loves to strip mine a series until there is nothing left that you care about and just watch out of habit (like I am doing with ER).   

 Battlestar Galctica has a plan.  They have had one story to tell, it ends tonight, and I really will be sad when it’s over.  BSG has provided some of the best, most consistently written characters in TV and really deal with some difficult social issues in interesting ways like REALLY GOOD Sci Fi should.   It deals with what would really happen if there was just a handful of people, roughly 50,000, what would they do to maintain the human race.    It’s so good at tackling these issues that the U.N. invited them last week to talk on the topics of: race, war, torture, suicide bombing and genocide.  They take on the subjects in interesting and difficult ways.  It’s not like Star Trek where when the ship is in trouble they solve things with some Sci Fi techno-babble.  In BSG, if the fleet or humanity are in trouble you have two options: Fight or flight!

The thing I like about the new Battlestar Galactica is that every week they surprise me.  Every episode there is some gut-punch twist that makes me want more.  This is the same reason I like Lost and the Shield.  They all work really hard to show you something that you don’t see on other shows.   I really like that.  

Tonight I’m gonna watch the show with my girlfriend and a few other friends that are also big fans on a big screen.   I have no idea how the plot lines will resolve themselves, but I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the last two hours.

  If you have yet to start watching, do yourself a favor and TRY IT.  Take the Julius Marx BSG challenge.  Watch the 4 hour Miniseries.   It’s good, but not brilliant, but you really need to see it to know what’s going on.  Then watch the first episode of Season 1- "33" and see if you aren’t hooked.

If you need to catch up on this season you can do it here.

You can download every episode off of itunes.

Or you can buy the seasons off of



If you are already a fan and all caught up go ahead and hit "more" for some other cool articles.   But if you are new, or not caught up do yourself a favor and stop reading this now, go in spoiler free and just enjoy one of the best shows on TV…ever. 




The 12 questions they need to answer:


We’re not gonna find out what the deal with Daniel the lost Cylon:


Here’s a time line to keep everything straight:


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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  • kevfett says:

    I’m on edge waiting for the finale. I’m SO scared for my favorite characters. I just watched the “Frakkin Special” and I got all choked up thinking about the ending. It probably sounds silly to others but that’s how I get when my favorite things come to an end.

    Friday nights won’t be the same without Grace Park 🙁

  • Jason Geyer says:

    I didn’t start watching until the 3rd season, although I watched the pilot and tried to get into it twice before (thanks to Mr. Marx!). But finally got into it enough that I watched the first two seasons in a week or so.

    All I know, I better damn well find out what happened to Boxey, who hasn’t been mentioned since the pilot. And they HAD BETTER have a monkey in a robot dog suit on the finale, Dammit!

    On another note, I take my dogs down to Grace Park every Friday, myself.

  • Hourman says:

    I’m watching it right now. “She’s gone through a lot of battles … this will be her last … if we succeed in our mission, Galactica will bring us home … if we don’t, it doesn’t matter anyway.” So say we all.

  • Brainlock says:

    What, no love for the jellie babies? 🙁

    Nice cameo at the end, but a lot of Qs left, and I’ve only been watching since the two hour mutiny a few eps back.

  • You can tell NO one in Letterman’s audience has any idea what the show is. A collective “huh?” can be heard when he starts the bit.

  • Tristan says:

    I really enjoyed it, cant say I enjoyed the last 30 minutes, but it was a helluva way to wrap it all up. Hands down, a great series and it will be a high bar for others to reach.

    On a side note CAPRICA……eric stoltz plays a DANIEL, could he be the one? Is the other hispanic guy Joseph Adama? Is this where all the questions about sentience, souls and right to life or right to create life come in? Certainly does look that way, What do you hear?

    • Daniel Pickett JuliusMarx says:

      Yes. Esai Morales is Joseph Adama. And the series is about the creation of the Cylons. Interesting about the “Daniel” thing. I hadn’t put that together. I guess we’ll see.

  • Jeff Cope Jeff Cope says:

    I’m almost ashamed to say that I’ve never watched the new BSG. I know that puts my geek cred at risk. Honestly, I don’t know why I never watched it.

    Hopefully soon, as finances allow, I’ll start in on the DVDs.

    I was a huge fan of the original series back in the day complete with capes & monkeys in robot dog suits. I even watched every episode of Galactica 1980, even though I hated nearly every minute of it!

  • Ken Lilly says:

    Hey dude, I need to figure out how to follow your blog stuff more, just found this. I didn’t realize you were a fan of The Shield too. What the heck are we gonna do? No Galactica, No Shield…soon no LOST. Other than 24 (barely) or the habit shows you mentioned what else is there for really thought-provoking, gut-wrenching well-written drama?

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