Hey, I just heard a rumor that in Battlestar Galactica they could only show the tips of their handheld blasters lighting up when they shot but could not dub in the actual bolt showing the energy projectile because George Lucas threatened copyright infringement if they did. Does anyone know anything about this?
i was watching the batle star galactica sci-fi marathon yesterday. i used to really like that show a few years back.
i didnt hear anything about the hand held blaster rule. though i did notice that they did not show them very often.
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It had to do with the idea of the laser-bolt extending from the end of the weapon and then flying independently. According to some story or another, all was good, and BSG even used ILM facilities for some of the work, but Lucas threw a fit when he happened to see a working print and saw how damn good it was.
It also explains (halfway) why there's so much recycled Viper footage. (Production costs and CBS mucky-mucks are the other half.)
Even more fun to watch will be Richard Hatch and Glen Larson argue about the Battlestar resurrection that will never come.
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I heard that Richard Hatch had gone insane or something and was unable to separate himself from his TV persona. Is that just gossip, or is there some truth to it?
I think Richard Hatch is sane, just unemployed. As for George Lucas, he did
alittle more than just throw a fit he sued BSG and won. The judge must have
thought that the blasters and the rest of the show looked too much like Star
Wars. I guess if you want to do a TV show with blasters you need to check
with George first.
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02-27-01, 10:56 AM
moral to the story, don't mess with lucas
04-01-01, 07:25 AM
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<b>STARFLEET HISTORICAL DATABASE FILE: Spock
Full Biography Mode </b>
<i>Played By: Leonard Nimoy
Rank: Captain, retired
Serial number: S179-276SP
Full Name: Spock (lineal Vulcan name unpronounceable)
Year of birth: 2230
Place of birth: Shi'Kahr, Vulcan
Parents: Ambassador Sarek and his wife Amanda Grayson
Education: Starfleet Academy, 2249-53
Marital status: Once married
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2252 -- As cadet, assigned under Capt. Christopher Pike, U.S.S. Enterprise
2253 -- Commissioned as ensign, still aboard Enterprise under Pike
2265 -- As lieutenant commander, named first officer and science officer under Capt. James T. Kirk aboard Enterprise; promoted to commander soon after
2269 -- Retired from Starfleet
2271 -- Reactivated commission during V'Ger crisis under Kirk on refit Enterprise
2277 -- Promoted to captain, assigned to Starfleet Academy faculty and cadet training with Enterprise
2285 -- Relinquish cadet-filled U.S.S. Enterprise to Kirk for rescue of Project Genesis team
2286 -- Though uncharged, stands with Kirk and shipmates for theft of Enterprise charges
2287 -- Accompanies Kirk aboard NCC-1701-A Enterprise for Nimbus III mission
2293 -- Envoy to UFP-Klingon peace accords, spurred by explosion of Klingon moon Praxis
Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, was a human schoolteacher from Earth and his father, Sarek, was a respected diplomat. For most of his life, Spock was torn between his emotional human side and the stern discipline of his Vulcan half until his experience with the V'Ger machine-entity in 2271 and his later death and rebirth in 2286 broadened his perspective. As of 2267 he had earned the Vulcanian Scientific Legion of Honor, had been twice decorated by Starfleet Command and<b> held an A7 computer expert classification. </b>
As a child, Spock had a pet sehlat, which is a cuddly Vulcan bear-like animal with claws and fangs. His older half-brother, Sybok, who was ostracized from Vulcan because he rejected the way of pure logic, was killed in 2292 after battling an alien entity at the galaxy's center that claimed to be 'God.'
At age seven, Spock was telepathically bonded with a young Vulcan girl named T'Pring. The telepathic touch would draw the two together when the time was right after both came of age: once every 7 years all Vulcan males experiences pon farr, a powerful Vulcan mating drive which demands that they mate or die. In 2267, however, T'Pring chose Stonn, a Vulcan, over Spock, and the Vulcan returned to the U.S.S. Enterprise unwed. He did eventually marry in a ceremony attended by Lt. Jean-Luc Picard.
Because the young Vulcan chose to join Starfleet, he and Sarek opened an 18-year rift over Sarek's hope his son would attend the Vulcan Science Academy. Spock was the first Vulcan to enlist in the Federation Starfleet, serving aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike as a lieutenant, and later for James T. Kirk.
After the conclusion of the U.S.S. Enterprise's first five-year mission, Spock retired from Starfleet and returned to Vulcan to pursue the emotion-purging of the kohlinar discipline from the Vulcan Masters. Although he completed the training, Spock failed to achieve kohlinar because his emotions were stirred by the V'Ger entity in 2271. He then reentered Starfleet and was eventually promoted to U.S.S. Enterprise captain when that ship was assigned as a training vessel at Starfleet Academy.
Spock sacrificed himself in 2285 to repair plasma conduits that allowed the U.S.S. Enterprise and its crew to escape from the detonation of the Genesis Device by Khan Noonien Singh; his radiation-wracked body was consigned to space but landed on the newly formed Genesis Planet and began regeneration. Prior to his death, Spock had mind-melded with McCoy to transfer his katra, apparently intending for his longtime friend and sparring partner to return it to Vulcan and perhaps be fully regenerated in the fal-tor-pan or refusion process, conducted for the first time in generations.
In later years, Spock's work became more diplomatic than scientific, initially remaining a part of Starfleet. In 2293, he served as Federation special envoy to the Klingon government, paving the way for the Khitomer peace accords with Chancellor Azetbur, and disappointed in that his protTgT, Lt. Valeris.
In the coming decades as a civilian, in 2368, Spock secretly traveled to Romulus on a personal mission to further the cause of Romulan/Vulcan reunification - a mission which shook up the Federation so that Captain Jean-Luc Picard was sent undercover to determine his motives. On the same trip he was saddened to hear of the death of his father, Sarek, but Picard's presence allowed Spock a final last solace thanks to an earlier Picard-Sarek mind meld. Spock remained to work with the Romulan underground and in 2369, helped arrange the defection of Romulan vice-proconsul M'Ret to the Federation to pioneer an escape route for dissidents.
<i>Spock carried a life-long interest in art, music, literature and poetry from many worlds, especially Terran, and played both tri-dimensional chess as well as the Vulcan lute or harp and a keyboard harpsichord</i>
<b><I>"Write the future, with the blood ye now does expend, everyday and make a future that one desires for the good of all"<b></i>
06-14-01, 07:05 PM
Long time, No pOST.
wAS WONDERING what you thought about the
Drake/Fermi problem we were discussing
some months back?
Originally posted by Wedge
I think Richard Hatch is sane, just unemployed.
A couple of years ago (maybe three; can't remember) he wrote a few Battlestar Galactica comics. They were surprisingly good.
10-08-01, 10:55 AM
Originally posted by Oxygen
"George Lucas threatened copyright infringement"
I hate George Lucas always trying to sue somebody for something that he came up with. What's next is ST going to sue SW for coming up with the whole idea of space travel? No they didn't because ST has class and George Lucas is just an ahole who wants more money, thats why Jar-Jar was in Episode 1 so he could do pepsi commercial and good old george could collect the money on that. George Lucas sold out in my opinion. And I reject SW Episode 1 entirely it sucked. And if he does have a copy right on the pistol thing then why don't we all sue George making the hero (Luke) fall in love with his sister and kill his father like how that Edepidus guy did! What a rip off!