Great, albeit surprising news for fans of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. According to TVWeek, “Sci Fi Channel has increased its fourth season order of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA to 22 episodes. The order will include a special two-hour “Battlestar” event to air during the fourth quarter of 2007 on Sci Fi, and will also be released on DVD. Previously, the network announced a reduced “Battlestar” season order of 13 episodes rather than 22. Combined with a slight ratings erosion during the show’s current third season, fans worried Sci Fi might cancel the Peabody Award-winning show.”The fourth season will premiere in early 2008.”
Quite honestly, this news comes as a bit of a surprise to this TV addict as I assumed that due to declining ratings and expensive production costs SciFi would only give Producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick fourteen episodes to wrap up the final season. I suspect high DVD sales and critical acclaim played a pretty large part in SciFi’s decision to expand BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’S fourth season. That or the head of the SciFi network really is one of the final five!
Regardless, I think a special fall movie/DVD release will do far more for the series in contrast to last summer’s ‘webisodes’. Not only will more viewers watch the special two-hour movie. It will give fans a much needed taste of our beloved BATTLESTAR prior to the January 2008 premiere of season four.