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Old October 2nd, 2006, 06:30 PM   #61
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Okay, we can't let this thread stay dormant for two years.

I don't think "nitwerk suits" had anything to do with Athena not appearing much after this. I think in fact, Maren Jensen's relatively flat performance in the episode (IMO she does not "shine" in the episode despite getting good screen time for the first time in a while) pretty much sealed her fate as far as trying to come up with anything more viable for her in the series and with Sheba now being integrated into the cast, the budget conscious writers were probably seeing her more as extraneous by this point.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 12:25 AM   #62
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One of my favourite episodes, you can see the strings in the hull scene but it is still a great episode
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Old October 15th, 2006, 01:27 AM   #63
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With all due respects to EP (yes, ALL DUE), I disagree about Athena/MJ. She was great in this ep, and it was dumb of the suits not to give her more to do.
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Old October 15th, 2006, 11:03 AM   #64
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Regardless of whether one thinks her performance in FIS was great or not, I really don't think any "suits" had anything to do with her lack of exposure unless that's how you're characterizing the likes of Larson and Bellisario who I think would have had more of a say on that as the season progressed.
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Old October 25th, 2006, 11:14 AM   #65
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all in all a fine ep, but as sick as it may sound i prefer it when they splice it together with the Living Legend ep in Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack. It actually flowed together quite nicely and as three parter would have beenmore effective in a continuing story arc.

I always thought Maren Jensen was effective in the role she was asked to play. could she have handled a bigger role? greater minds than mine....
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I think that was probably a question of available manpower at a critical moment. First off, are they qualified to handle explosive charges and perform spacewalk maneuvers? Maintenance specialists probably don't have both levels of skill and even if some do how do you round them up on short notice when there's the problem of containing fires inside the Galactica? In the end, keeping it simple with Apollo and Starbuck, worked from more than just a TV writing convenience factor.
Agreed. And, as to the MMUs not being on their suits....
It would take extra time to get them from storage, check them out, and recharge the jets if needs be, get someone to help put them on, and then head out the airlock. Microns were ticking down, and Apollo decided to shave off as many as possible. Using the magnets on the solonite charges to help maneuver, instead of the MMUs, was a brilliant, under pressure adaptation to the situation. I doubt that he or any front-line Warrior was ever trained to mine their own ship's hull.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 11:35 AM   #67
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I got the unmade two-hour script entitled 'Fire In Space' by Michael Sloan last Friday.

It's interesting reading. I'll try to scan it in over Christmas.
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Acknowledged, Skipper.
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I decided to pluck this out to pay my tribute to George Murdock. I'd have done one of the two parters but what with work and stuff it's not on.

The episode veers all over for me but if we focus on Murdock the man was just made for these kind of roles. Be it Ironside, TJ Hooker etc he seemed to mould into the role well. There's shades of Dr McCoy/Quincy with his dedication (Salik's) towards Apollo about operating on Adama under the conditions afforded. He has in effect a Nurse Chapel in the shape of Cassie. As always with Galactica I wonder about a second season and in this case if Salik had been present.
Honestly do think Murdock was a decent actor and man to boot. Fire in Space might not be something that'll trip off the tongue when they think of him (Galactica-wise) but he did his best with what he had all the same.
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