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Fourth Season of 'Battlestar Galactica' Extended

Signalling support for ratings-challenged "Battlestar Galactica," word came this week that next year's fourth season will be longer than previously expected. While Sci Fi Channel execs had signed off recently on a limited, 13-episode run to begin next January, their commitment to a full 22 episodes will make next season the longest for the series yet (The first season was 13 episodes; the second season and this year's third season have each offered 20 episodes). But will the extra episodes really be a good thing for BSG? While anticipation steadily builds for Sunday's upcoming conclusion to "Crossroads," the two-part season finale, that sense of urgency has been missing from the show this year. Why? Well, many fans cite "filler" episodes, like "Hero" or "The Woman King," that didn't move the plot forward; others note that there was less tension as the Cylon menace diminished, through fewer confrontations and the attempts to humanize the bad guys. But at the end of the day, it comes down to the creative team--and do they have enough ideas to fill out an entire season, especially if it's BSG's last? Time will tell.

There's also news that the BSG TV movie will air at the end of 2007, although the plot remains unconfirmed. According to reports collected by IGN, some rumors have the Battlestar Pegasus figuring prominently—which could mean none of the TV show regulars—while others indicate the entire cast will be on board. We'll keep our ears to the ground for more details (and if the Fodder Network had the budget, I'd have a Raptor flying surveillance on Ron Moore's office), but expect only excellence from the two-hour standalone special; from the opening miniseries to several amazing two-part episodes, BSG's proven it can do an awesome TV movie.

Posted by DD on March 22, 2007 8:04 PM
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