Science fiction wins and fails of 2009 – Moon and Battlestar Galactica

PART two of my picks of 200 sci-fi wins and fails – and it’s the turn of Moon, which very definitely WINS and – controversial one this – the end of Battlestar Galactica, which is a FAIL.

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Moon – the little scifi film that could

FOR a small indie film, Moon picked up traction with a grass roots campaign on the internet and then, when it was released, totally delivered on that campaign with a fantastic science fiction film.

Tremendous kudos for that goes to Sam Rockwell who is simply amazing as Sam Bell, whichever version of Sam he plays. He is mesmeric and through outstanding technical work absolutely makes you a believer as well as drawing you into his battle for survival.

The campaign to get Rockwell an Oscar nomination, backed by friend of the blog @UnkleRupert on Twitter and Facebook, is more than well deserved.

I would add a Scyfilove tip o’the cap to Duncan Jones, @manmademoon on Twitter, the film’s creator who obviously poured his heart and soul into Moon at every level and was rewarded with a masterpiece. And despite being a famous film director who rolls with Hollywood superstars, he also found time to be interviewed by me!

That alone would make Moon a WIN!

Battlestar Galactica – explain the ending anyone?

I HAD to think long and hard about this one, but eventually put the ending of Battlestar Galactica down as a FAIL.


For the most part because when it was good, it was very very good, setting new standards for TV science fiction and going a long way to revolutionising the genre.

I loved the flawed characterisation, keeping the original Colonial Vipers, some fantastic acting especially from Edward James Olmos and Richard Hatch and wonderful storytelling which gave us episodes such as 33, Valley of Darkness, pretty much every episode on New Caprica and Blood on the Scales.

But then … the Bob Dylan song? The final five mysticism? The angels or something guiding the way? Starbuck dying and then coming back as a what again?

It disappeared up its own backside at a rate of knots and smacked of writer desperation.

The thing that really got on my nerves though was an interview with Ron Moore, new Battlestar’s creator, in which he sniffily dismissed his time writing on Star Trek, when he said they were so out of ideas they  just used to write the word ‘tech’ and get scientists to fill in accurate sounding dialogue later.

Erm … yyeah Ron, that dependence on something nobody really understands or explains and which can be used as a convenient fallback in any situation is a real pain in the arse isn’t it, and really marks a show out as completely spent creatively.

Thank God that Galactica – with its unspecified higher consciousness guiding humanity’s hand somehow, muddled religion and mysticism based on a song no-one could possibly know that has been covered by Chris de Burgh, and endless toaster arguments – never fell into that trap eh?

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One thought on “Science fiction wins and fails of 2009 – Moon and Battlestar Galactica

  • The Battlestar controversy is reminiscent of a popular trend for programmes these days – hello Doctor Who – to answer the question ‘How on Earth will they get out of this one?’ with some magical dust, a fairy or God.

    Lazy. Hope to God RTD manages to resist on New Year’s Day.

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