Battlestar Galactica Podcast Roundup

I have been holding off subscribing to the high recommended Battlestar Galactica podcast by Ron Moore for sometime, primarily because I think I would feel kinda stupid watching television and listening to my iPod at the same time. Stupid excuse I know. But then on a lark I started to listen to Moore's commentary to and from work on day - mainly because there was nothing else to listen to on my iPod. To my great surprise I found that it was completely unnecessary for me to be watching the show simultaneously.

Now I am hooked. Ron Moore produces an excellent podcast -- from the wonderful banter with his wife in the background, to the new kittens he threatens to drown, and from the somehow charming sound of his igniting his Zippo to light a cigarette at the beginning of each episode to the delicate sound of the ice knocking up against the side of his glass of scotch. Each week he provides articulate insight into the show and all the decisions the writers, producers and special effects artists made to produce the most recent episode. If you are a self-respecting fan of the show, then honestly, you really should be listening to this podcast. Trust me.

Anyways, thanks to Ron Moore's podcast, I was inspired to check out some of the other Galactica podcasts out there on the Internets, and in this post, I give a brief review of some of the ones I have downloaded and listened to.

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Battlestar Galactica Siterep was the first podcast I listened to, and the reviews on iTunes are pretty accurate: listening to this guy's unwaveringly monotone voice is almost unbearable.

But I have to admit, he provides a pretty decent overview of Battlestar news. He discusses rumors about the show, actors and production, as well as news and rumors about the story, plot and characters. His podcast could be made a lot better if he was able to excerpt the actual audio from the interviews he often quotes (if only to eliminate the need for me to listen to him exclusively for the entire duration of the podcast), and went a little off book every once in a while. He is far too scripted and should learn to relax a little bit. But all in all, its not a bad podcast for 15 minutes, which I might add is a perfect length for this type of content.

So will I subscribe? Probably. But this podcast is on thin ice. I wouldn't be surprised if the pacing and tone of the podcast eventually turn me off.

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Battlestar Galactica Action Stations was a podcast I never could get all the way through. In this podcast, a well informed fan provides his own commentary for each episode, which is a format for a podcast a friend and I discussed doing. But listening to this podcast, however, makes me realize how foolish of an idea it really is. I mean who wants to rehash each episode a third time, especially after having listening to Ron Moore's commentary. I don't. What possible insight could a fan provide that Ron Moore couldn't or didn't?

I don't think this genre of podcast is completely a bad idea, however. If the podcaster could get some other people in the room to join him and then smoke a really big bowl...then maybe this podcast would get my intention. But it would have to be a really big bowl.

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The Galactica Watercooler is a great podcast. The hosts of the podcast have a good presence over the air, they have a great rapport with each other, and they cover all the rumors and plot theories floating around the blogosphere so that I don't have to track them all myself.

The episode I chose to listen to was episode #17, and on that podcast they had a guest from Popular Science magazine join the show. She provided some great insight into the science behind Battlestar which spurred some genuinely interesting conversations about the theories behind being able to download a program into a human brain, biology and immunology. I can honestly say that I learned something useful listening to this podcast. Which is rare.

One down side though: the episode I picked up was one and half hours. Holy crap. Who has time to listen to all of that? The podcast would be a slam dunk if it would only cut its running time in half. But in spite of its length, I definitely recommend this podcast.

Summary

Of course there are other podcasts, but I haven't had time to listen to them all yet. In time I hope to listen to at least one episode of each and then post my thoughts on the podcast here.

Update (May 2008)

An absolute must-subscribe-to BSG podcast is Galactica Quorum. It trumps everything else out there. I promise.

3 Comments

I don't know if you look for comments on your blog, but I did want to leave a message that I was here to read a little. I heard the voicemail that you left on Galactica Watercooler and decided to come by for a look.
Having listened to all the Galactica Podcasts out there I have to say that you are spot on with your reviews. Ron Moore's podcast is a must "next day" listen. I usually listen to it on Saturday morning during my workout. There are times where I'll have the Tivo'd Galactica on in the background in case he makes a reference to the TV that I want to see but I'll leave the TV volume off.

Galactica SitRep - almost unbearable. almost Galactica Action Stations - actually unbearable Galactica Watercooler - a great podcast - I listen to it on my commute to and from work. I live in DC so an hour is a good amount of time for a podcast because that's almost the length of my commute. I've found that I enjoy the dynamic in the group and that I really enjoy the technique that all three talk about the Galactica characters as if they are real people and that the episodes are real events. It takes a little of the "TV" nature out of it.

Nice site.

Hennessey

I just stumbled across your blog and I agree with your reviews as well, except I do find sometimes Galactica Watercooler drags on about nothing and the same thing, but I still like them.

I just wanted to recommend another one to you. The Galactica Quorum, www.galacticaquorum.com, is in my opinion a great podcast. They are harsh on occasion but I feel pretty spot on with their observations. I think you should check that one out.

I am with you on this one. Watercooler has gotten really tired. I cannot believe they allow themselves to release a 100 minute podcast for a 40 minute episode. That is craziness, and a little abusive in some intangible way. I just hope that they focus more on quality of content over quantity. I like banter as much as the next guy, but it should never feel like aimless rambling.

As for Galatica Quorum - I just subscribed. Thanks for the recommendation.

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