Sci Fi Tracker: This Week in Sci Fi – ‘Galactica’ Gets Gutted, ‘Seeker’ Finds Trouble, and New Cast Members Slither Into ‘V’

Can you hear that awful creaking sound echoing throughout the universe? Noooooo, it’s not the disintegrating joints of this season’s ill-fated and injury-prone Dancing with the Stars cast members. It’s our favorite heap of space junk, the Galactica, being dismantled in both the literal and figurative senses. Yes, it’s time to return your tray tables and seat backs to their upright position: it’s nearly final descent time for the old girl. But that’s not the only noteworthy blip on the sci fi radar this week. Big episodes are also in store for other existing shows, while the casts of new serials continue to add noteworthy names

Eyeball-Widening Episodes Loom Large on the Genre Horizon

The airing of tonight’s Battlestar Galactica will be epic on many levels. Not only does it enable we journalists to use the word “penultimate” in a sentence, but hey, the episode’s content sounds passable, too. Volunteers are gathered up for a “final mission,” plus the ship will be looted for anything that isn’t nailed down….although, given its current state of decay, surely even the things that are nailed down can be pried up with a toothpick. A preview clip is available at

Dollhouse Vs. Goliath? The Chicago Tribune reveals that Dollhouse is gamely going toe to toe with Battlestar Galactica during its series finale next week by unfurling a “game-changing” episode in which Echo supposedly meets up with Agent Ballard for the first time. “Man on the Street” – penned by Whedon himself – will air March 20th. offers up some cool sneak preview stills of Eliza in action. Although I’m not sure that Dushku peeking out from behind a kitchen cabinet door is as game-changing as the end of all humanity and Cylon-ity….

Legend of the Seeker boasts a big episode this weekend, as Richard, the titular and well-chiseled, occasionally shirtless Seeker, faces off for the first time against his enemy, Darken Rahl. As Horner told Sci Fi Wire, this installment is very “Luke-Skywalker-meets-Darth-Vader.” (So, uh – does that make Rahl Richard’s father? Will someone lose a hand? Or is the comparison limited to the basic “good guy versus bad guy” concept?) P.S. Watch this space next week for Sci Fi Tracker’s own exclusive interviews with Legend’s Craig Horner and Bridget Regan.

Plus the final Cylon will duke it out with Morpheus! Well, not really. But CSI‘s April 16th episode does feature a murder at a sci fi convention, with Kate Vernon as guest star.

A Tourist Trap In Every Sense of the Word….

Harper’s Globe – the website that will round out your viewing experience of Harper’s Island – is now up and running. The site is rather cleverly rendered as the online newspaper for the fictitious island in question, and as such, offers up fun tidbits like which local museum boasts an impressive display of “whaling artifacts.” You know, when said artifacts aren’t otherwise being used to impale people.

An Insider’s Guide to Time-Space Portals and Demon Combat

Slice of Sci Fi offers up an advanced peek at the interview with Amanda Tapping that appears in the current issue of Stargate Magazine. Tapping – who refrained from definitively packing up her Sam Carter uniform in mothballs and plastic – discusses her occasional returning guest star stints on the SG franchise, despite having sought and won a highly successful respite from deep space via Sanctuary.

Slice also serves up some good stuff from Supernatural‘s Misha Collins, who plays angel Castiel. Sounds like his fictional alter-ego will be toughening up somewhat…… least enough to not get the bejesus knocked out of him if a demon so much as looks at him askance.

New Recruits

Morena Baccarin is joining the cast of V as a member of the away team. She boasts some serious sci fi cred, having the likes of Firefly and Stargate already under her belt. Plus Joel Gretsch (The 4400, Taken) shall play a priest – because when talking lizards descend upon your planet, the prayer business will invariably be booming.

Rebecca Romijn rounds out the cast for the pilot of “Eastwick,” an upcoming series on ABC based around the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick. But apparently poor Romijn isn’t considered a sexy enough draw on her own. They had to name her character ‘Roxie’ on top of it all.

Meanwhile, Nina Dobrev will take the lead in the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries.” And speculation continues as to which actress will play the new Doctor Who companion. This week’s rumored XX-chromosome-du-jour, as reported by News of the World, is Hannah Murray.

Because Bailout Humor Is Still Kinda Funny. And Skull Caps Always Are.

Hey, even those dabbling in the once-surefire arena of stolen kryptonian crystals are now struggling in the current economic clime. If you missed this gem earlier in the week, or if you just want to watch it again, check out Mad Men‘s John Hamm as Lex Luthor, explaining what he’d do with his slice of the bailout pie, courtesy of Funny or Die. Hint: it doesn’t bode well for Superman. (Duh.)

And be sure to check back next week for the latest in cylon-, cyborg- and supernatural-related news.

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