As we reported earlier, the Sci Fi Channel has already confirmed that the network will be running Battlestar Galactica mini-sodes related to fall’s Battlestar Galactica: Razor movie, debuting Nov. 24. Additionally, Mark Stern, executive vice president of original programming for Sci Fi, has revealed some information on what prompted the creation of the mini-sodes.
According to Stern, the concept of the mini-sodes is to have a teaser for fans to watch on-air in the run-up to the premiere of the movie.
“When we decided to do a 2-hour episode and it was going to be separate and apart from the rest of the season, and it was going to be a standalone [movie] unto itself, I went to [executive producers] Ron [Moore] and David [Eick] and said it would be great to do something on air… so it wasn’t just all the sudden, here’s Battlestar Galactica,” Stern explained.
Despite viewers’ positive reaction to the webisodes the network launched between season two and season three of the show, the mini-sodes were primarily envisioned as an on-air entity. In line with this, Stern clarified that the decision to air mini-sodes instead of webisodes was not due to the other writers objections.
“The last thing we want to do is do anything perceived to be underhanded especially in this atmosphere,” Stern said, referring to the possible writers’ strike this coming fall.
The mini-sodes will also be available online and included in the Razor DVD.
Written by Michael Taylor, and directed by Wayne Rose and Felix Alcala, these 2-to-3-minute promotional shorts will take the viewers into the original Cylon War, focuses on William Adama (Nico Cortez) and his first mission as a commander of the Battlestar Pegasus, and explores the story of how Admiral Cain (Michelle Forbes) served his ship during the attack of the colonies.
“It’s part of a backstory of some of our characters in Razor,” Stern added.
The mini-sodes will lead into Razor, which will give a background to the events that will take place on the fourth and finale season of Battlestar Galactica.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Chicago Tribune
(Image courtesy of Sci Fi)