Battlestar Galactica is back (again)

By your command.

By your command.

Fans of the original Battlestar Galactica series can rejoice! It’s finally being released on Blu-Ray by Universal. There is a deluxe (and expensive) edition that features the original series, Galactica 1980 and the 1979 theatrical movie all in one set.

There is also several hours worth of special features included, some of which have been released on the DVD sets of the original BSG series.

The deluxe version, known as the Definitive Collection, also has everything in widescreen as well as the original fullscreen that it was shown in. But a question I have is this: is the widescreen truly the original widescreen print? Or did they simply reformat the old TV fullscreen print so it would better fit newer, hi-def TVs?

According to the Universal press release, this new release has been remastered especially for Blu-Ray. There were some rumors that the effects have been updated, but this is not the case. The effects shots are the originals produced back in the late 1970s.

In any event, you can pre-order this right now at Amazon:

Princess Leia Comic series — a review

Look out, galaxy, here I come!

Look out, galaxy, here I come!

Marvel Comics (a division of Disney) has produced a new comic from the Star Wars universe (which is also a division of Disney; never mind the galactic Empire, bow down before Mickey, the one true Emperor!) that features Princess Leia in her very own adventure.

And it’s about freaking time, really. I’m getting a little tired of these SF and fantasy franchises that have too many guys and too few women in the main cast. The Hobbit book fans were bitching and moaning about Evangeline Lilly’s elf character having been added to the film series, but I was really grateful to see her there, since the original story had no women characters at all.

Princess Leia’s brassiness isn’t toned down in this comic book series, which spans out over five books. Taking place right after the events of the first Star Wars film (aka A New Hope in George Lucas’ revisionist history), where the rebels are busy getting ready to bug out of the moon of Yavin shortly after the destruction of the first Death Star, Leia tries to see what she could do to help, but is only told by the higher ups of the Rebel Alliance to just chill out and take it easy.

The destruction of Leia’s home planet of Alderaan still weighs heavily on everybody’s mind–including Leia, who’s eager to do something, anything, to avoid grieving. Leia realizes there are other citizens of the doomed planet still scattered amongst the stars and when the Empire announces that it will start hunting them down, Leia decides to go out and rescue Alderaan’s Orphans on her own before the Imperials find them.

Thelma and Louise, eat yer heart out!

Thelma and Louise, eat yer heart out!

Leia joins forces with Evaan, a female rebel fighter pilot who is also from Alderaan and an avowed royalist who thinks that Leia’s new fangled ideas about treating everybody equally is just weird. I’ve read the first two issues so far, and while the first book basically sets up the story, the second gets the story rolling by taking this duo to the planet Naboo, where Leia and Evaan have a run in with some bad guys. R2-D2 is even along for the ride, which only added to the strong Star Wars vibe that resonates within this story.

It’s clear that the Disney Overlords have released this comic series in an effort to help ignite interest in the Star Wars brand just in time for their newest Star Wars film, directed by JJ Abrams, which is coming out later this year. But this is really an enjoyable comic series that focuses on a Star Wars character who could use more of the spotlight to herself. It’s also a great ‘grrl-power’ book for those of you with young daughters who’re looking for heroic and fun fantasy stories with strong women in the lead. Highly recommended, overall. –SF