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01/21/2005: "These are the thoughts that kept me out of the really good schools." --George Carlin

An interesting realization just struck me.

I've been paying some attention to the airing of the new SciFi series Battlestar Galactica. Not obsessive attention, but decent "shoot 'em up in space" science fiction is a pretty rare commodity, and I therefore tend to encourage even the mediocre exemplars of the genre

[Clarification: by that statement I am not, either express or implied, stating that I think the new BG is mediocre or worse; so far I'm enjoying it, and I'll confess to becoming a bit infatuated with the character of Laura Roslin (I wish they had a permalink to that profile, but it's a damn Flash driven website.... *grumble*):

President of what remains of the 12 Colonies of Kobol. Projecting class and confidence, she possesses great innate intelligence and stoicism.
They forgot to mention she's also sexy as hell (IMHO; then again an older woman with "the right stuff" has always been able to turn my head). But I digress....]

SciFi's been promoting the hell out of the new BG, both on SciFi itself (duh!) but also on Air America. I've noticed, though a subtle difference in an audio clip used in the promos (ok, on SciFi it's a video clip... nitpicker...).

On SciFi, the clip is Commander Adama and President Roslin (thanks to Mike Hollihan in the comments for clearing my earlier confusion on this score up). The exchange goes like this:
President Roslin: I never wanted this responsibility.
Commander Adama: The Cylons never asked us what we wanted.
On Air America, the audio clip goes like this:
President Roslin: I never wanted this responsibility.
Commander Adama: Welcome to the big leagues.
I'm starting to obsess about this difference (lately, more than I've been obsessing over Laura Roslin, which is beginning to worry me, but I'll leave that for another post. Maybe). There's got to be some explanation for this variance (do they think that each version is targeted to the demographic that represents the audience of that particular medium?), and pretty soon I'm going to start losing sleep til I figure it out....

UPDATE: In addition to setting me straight on the identity of the speaker, Mike has a quite plausible speculation on the reason for the two versions. Next question--Mr. Mike, which one is the "real" transcript? Or are they both cobbled together from three different scenes? (This is assuming that the episodes in question have even aired yet, so I'm probably putting Mike unnecessarily on the spot. Sorry about that, Mike, didn't mean to...)

Len on 01.21.05 @ 11:51 AM CST


Replies: 4 comments

on Friday, January 21st, 2005 at 11:57 AM CST, rlrr said

I have to admit I kind of like it. It's certainly better than the original, but then again, getting stabbed in the eyeballs with rusty knitting needles is better than the original.

on Friday, January 21st, 2005 at 1:23 PM CST, mike hollihan said

It's Roslyn he's talking to. The first ad assumes you know what Cylons are. The second addresses the fact that Roslyn was a very minor politician before the attack, which I presume is meant to appeal to Air Duh-merica listeners?

The new BSG *is* a pretty sharp show.

on Friday, January 21st, 2005 at 1:45 PM CST, SadPunk said

Mike makes a good point; non-SciFi viewers might not know what Cylons are.

Of course, my paranoid side thinks that "The Cylons never asked us what we wanted" does sound a bit like a facile GOP justification for the clusterf*ck in Iraq, which could repel (or distract) Air America audiences.

Take your pick, I suppose.

on Friday, January 21st, 2005 at 6:41 PM CST, mike hollihan said

I'm not sure which is the "real" conversation, but I suspect it's the Cylon one. It sounds familiar. Midtown Video has the miniseries on DVD. (Yay for them!) Bonus: The DVD is edited in such a way that it runs like a four hour movie, too!

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