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15 ways 'Outlander' is secretly 'Battlestar Galactica' all over again

The press around Outlander, which premieres on Starz Saturday night but has already released its pilot on Youtube to nearly one million views, has been very positive—and often filled with caveats that it’s “feminist fantasy,” or at least directed at female audiences.

People have made much of the genre shift showrunner Ronald D. Moore made by going from his best-known previous project, the sci-fi epic Battlestar Galactica, to Outlander. The latter, an adaption of Diana Gabaldon’s book series, follows Claire Randall, a World War II nurse sent back in time to 18th-century Scotland. It panders to audiences who like attractive Scottish men, and British period pieces, and cool accents. The former, a remake of a 1970s series, follows the titular Battlestar Galactica as it searches for earth in the midst of Cylon (robot) attacks. It panders to audiences who like complex mythology, space operas, and meditations on post-9/11 politics.

But let’s not pretend that those two shows are really that different—or that the either show is just for drooling fanboys or drooling fangirls. Here are all the reasons why Outlander‘s just like Battlestar Galactica—and why both are awesome.

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One set, two actors, all dialogue: TV's best 'bottle' episodes

Sunday night’s episode of Masters of Sex, titled “Fight,” was one of the series’ best. It stuck the show’s two main characters, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant/lover Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), in a single hotel room and then let them batter out their anxieties and anger through flirtation, role play, and sex, all while an actual boxing match rages on TV.

In TV parlance, episodes like “Fight,” where characters are restricted to a few sets, are often called “bottle episodes”—they’re cheaper to make (you don’t have to build new sets or cast guest stars) but they succeed or fail depending on the quality of the writing and the actors’ performances. In other terms, “Fight” was also nearly a “two-hander,” a term borrowed from stage performance that refers to a play in which only two actors appear. READ FULL STORY

What 'The Leftovers' could learn from 'Battlestar Galactica' about grief

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It’s always a challenge when a television show kills off a sizable portion of humanity in its first episodes. I don’t mean to be flip about that proposition—it’s just there’s a certain series format, seen most recently in The Leftovers, in which the action begins after a near-apocalyptic event has run its course and then the substance of the show deals with whatever follows.

Some do it better than others. In HBO’s case, that calamity comes through a rapture of sorts: Two percent of the world’s population disappears into thin air. What follows is grief—the sudden evaporation of bodies leaves everyone in the town of Mapleton, New York, gasping for spiritual air.  The Leftovers hits hard, but so far it has struggled to weave its intersecting set of individual traumas into cohesive web of collective grief. Perhaps the feeling of empty randomness, even in the plot, is part of the point, but it also misses one if the great advantages of serialized television: the ability to build memorials, and to return to manifestations of loss. There’s one series that’s made use of this better than most others: Battlestar Galactica.

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Aca-scuse me? Katee Sackhoff was cut from 'Pitch Perfect'

In trivia that’s equal parts aca-awesome and aca-heartbreaking, Katee Sackhoff revealed she had a small part in last year’s pitch-slapping film Pitch Perfect, but her role ended up on the cutting room floor.

The star of LongmireBattlestar Galactica, and this week’s Riddick said she won the cameo while visiting her fiancé Scott Niemeyer, a producer for the film, on set. The film needed someone to play a DJ (no, not a Deaf Jew), and Sackhoff volunteered.

“The guy that Beca was dating was dating the DJ, and they said, ‘Katee, wouldn’t it be really funny if you threw a brown wig on and played the DJ?’ And I was like, ‘Perfect, I’ll do it,'” she tells Collider. “So I was actually in the movie, but not in the movie.”

Though Sackhoff didn’t appear in the final cut, Pitch Perfect producer and co-star Elizabeth Banks gave fans a glimpse of Sackhoff in her DJ wig when she posted a photo from set in 2011:
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I'm still not over... Chief and Boomer's tragic romance on 'Battlestar Galactica'

Here at PopWatch, we’re reminiscing about the pop culture moments that we still can’t get over — no matter how much time has passed.

“How many of us ended up with the people we wanted to be with? Got stuck with the best of limited options. And why? Because the ones we really want, that we’ve really loved, are dead, dying, turned out to be Cylons and they didn’t know it.”

So says Chief Galen Tyrol (Aaron Douglas) as he mourns his wife’s death. But he isn’t talking about losing his wife — he’s talking about “the one that got away.” It may be cold-hearted, but in the apocalyptic universe of Battlestar Galactica, he’s kind of right.

It’s been almost 10 years since the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica premiered on the then titled Sci-Fi Network. It was a time when network names made sense, quality sci-fi drama aired rather than just sharks in tornadoes, and geeks exclaimed “Frak!” with only a few confused glances as repercussions. Battlestar Galactica is largely responsible for my overwhelming love for science fiction, but it is also responsible for my greatest TV-related heartbreak. SPOILERS ahead, but really, it’s been 10 years. The Ronald D. Moore sci-fi drama set, interestingly enough, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, includes the usual hallmarks of space operas like hyperspeed starships, killer robots, and epic journeys to mysterious planets. But it also features some of the most complicated, poignant relationships ever to be dramatized on TV. To me, the most heartbreaking — and there are a lot to choose from (Starbuck and Apollo! Billy and Dee! Adama and Roslin!) — is the tragic tale of Chief and Boomer.
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Katee Sackhoff loses Twitter followers after gun-safety tweet

Katee Sackhoff started a heated debate on an already-heated topic this weekend when she tweeted about gun safety — and the Battlestar Galactica actress claims it cost her 100,000 Twitter followers.

In response to a CNN report that a 4-year-old boy shot and killed his father with a weapon he did not know was loaded, Sackhoff urged her followers to be careful with their firearms.
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'Longmire' star Katee Sackhoff takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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This season on A&E’s Longmire, which returns tonight at 10 p.m. ET, we’ll dive more into the private life of Deputy Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and her struggles with her husband (Michael Mosley) and her feelings for Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor). Don’t ask Sackhoff, a veteran of the Battlestar Galactica shipper wars, which way she wants Vic to go in the end. “I always wanted Starbuck to end up with Anders [Michael Trucco], and I think I probably pushed it that direction, so there’s some fans that, like, hate me because they were like, ‘No, Apollo! We love Apollo!’ So dare I say,” Sackhoff explains. “But I think it would be really funny, at this point, to have to do a sex scene with Robert because I know his wife and his kid, and he knows my fiancé [film producer Scott Niemeyer]. It always gets more awkward the more you know someone. Like toward the end of [Battlestar] when I was doing scenes with Michael Trucco, and then I’d go out with his wife or something, she’d be like, ‘How is it making out with my husband all day?’ I’m like, ‘It’s so good. Thanks. Would you like to call Scott? I mean, if you really want to. It’s only fair.'”

Below, Sackhoff takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test. If you can’t guess from that anecdote above, it’s one of our best yet. READ FULL STORY

The Greatest TV Couple of All Time? EW Staff Pick: Starbuck and Apollo

As Kurt and Blaine battle it out with the Doctor and Rose in EW’s Greatest TV Couple of All Time championship, we’re unveiling our favorite couples, who didn’t advanced as far as we would have liked. Here’s a case for Starbuck and Apollo from Battlestar Galactica.

Picking my favorite TV couple was a decision I took very seriously! Do I choose the couple who taught me about love (Darrin and Samantha), the couple who I think has the most functional relationship (Howard and Marion), or the couple who I most want to emulate in my own relationships (Jim and Pam before Pam became too much to handle)?  In the end, I had to go with my heart. So I picked the couple who constantly made me feel like someone was grabbing my heart tightly between their fingers and squeezing: Starbuck and Apollo (or Lee and Kara, played by Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber). READ FULL STORY

WonderCon 2013: Comics, blockbusters, and geek girls

So, what are you wearing to WonderCon? Your BSG finest?

WonderCon’s 27th annual gathering kicks off today in Anaheim, California, where tens of thousands of geek girls and guys, sci-fi enthusiasts, and comic mavens will gather in costumes and glee for the opportunity to preview some of the most anticipated releases of the year. Planned by Comic-Con International, the weekend caters to the most devout fans, and features events and panels that appeal to both their nostalgia and their aspiring creativity. On Saturday alone, attendees can jump from a Pacific Rim preview, to a panel on writing comics for movies, and then close out the day learning why 2013 is going to be the year of steampunk. There are even panels on empathy in comics, queer identity, body image, and how to create a quality Jedi costume.

EW will be on site, reporting live from the convention and bringing you all the juiciest updates. Follow @EWSandraG and @ldbahr for the latest in WonderCon glory, and check out some of the events we’re most excited for.

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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 1, part 2

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Ross and Rachel. Carrie and Big. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now for the 16 couples in our “Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me” conference. READ FULL STORY

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