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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-15-2009 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
International Space Station Expedition 16/17 flight engineer Garrett Reisman has a new title: Colonial Marine.
The coolest opportunity ever to watch "Battlestar Galactica" has to be watching the show while orbiting the planet called Earth.

Each astronaut gets to select about four different television programs to watch while living aboard the International Space Station, and "BSG" was one of my choices.

There was some downside to watching the show in space, however. First, after seeing battlestars equipped with faster-than-light drives and bristling with laser cannon you can't help but feel your space station is kind of lame. Second, after a few episodes you start getting the sneaking feeling that at least one of your crewmates is really a Cylon.

Still, there was nothing like watching "BSG" while floating along in zero gravity. First I'd go through the modules turning off all the lights that I could. There would still be a few blinking lights and LEDs on the comm panels and the other equipment, and when the window shutter was open occasionally the earthshine would light up the room with a faint blue glow.

Then I'd float up to the laptop which we used to watch the show. Holding on gently with my thumb and index finger I'd lose myself in the drama of the struggles of the humans and the Cylons. Surrounded by the sounds of the space station, the humming of the pumps, the whirring of the fans and the clicking of the valves it was easy to blur the line between science fiction and science fact.

...when I got back to Earth, Ron was kind enough to invite me up to Vancouver to visit the set. As my visit approached I was cautioned that there would be some limited nudity on the set that day. I replied that I was perfectly fine with that as long as Dean Stockwell was not involved.

Meeting members of the cast and crew was fantastic and it became immediately clear that the "BSG" team was as closely knit as the team of astronauts and cosmonauts that I had the pleasure of working with in space.

But the coolest part was getting to be a Colonial Marine.

I can't tell you about the story arc of my character or the complex development of his psyche because -- spoiler alert -- I get blown to bits about 10 seconds after first appearing onscreen, (but not before one of the other Marines vomits all over me). It was some of the most fun I had ever had!

cspg
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posted 01-16-2009 04:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First, after seeing battlestars equipped with faster-than-light drives and bristling with laser cannon you can't help but feel your space station is kind of lame.
Then you wonder why the (human) space program doesn't interest many people...
It was some of the most fun I had ever had!
See? Space is no fun. Astronauts dixit.

Jay Chladek
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posted 01-16-2009 06:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The bit about space being "lame" I think was from Variety. But one has to remember with Garrett being a fan of "The Daily Show" I have a feeling that he was maybe utilizing a little humor here in his comments. I did chuckle about the New York bar comment. How much you want to bet he's going to try and invite Ron and David down to Houston to take a ride on the Vomit Comet now?

I do have to wonder if Garrett ever used the term "Frak" while in orbit. And I wonder what the Russian reaction might have been?

mjanovec
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posted 01-16-2009 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having seen Reisman interviewed on TV before, I have to say he has one of the better senses of humor I've seen among the recent astronaut classes.

NavySpaceFan
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posted 01-16-2009 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like his BSG emblematics on his flight suit. I wonder if any other sci-fi shows (Star Trek or Babylon 5 come to mind) had anything flown.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-16-2009 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by NavySpaceFan:
I like his BSG emblematics on his flight suit...
Ah, that's a big a "movie magic" on my part; I added the emblems to illustrate the story. Seems I did a bit too good a job...

NavySpaceFan
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posted 01-16-2009 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Seems I did a bit too good a job..
Too good a job indeed!!! Something tells me, though, that if he had the opportunity, Dr. Reisman would have done that.

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