By Sherri Montgomery
Portland fans of SciFi Channel's popular Battlestar Galatica series have been showing up Friday nights for the past 9 weeks at the McMenamins Bagdad Theater since Battlestar resumed this January. Every week people have braved damn-cold, lousy, wet Portland winter weather, a line stretching around the block to get in, another long line for beer once inside, the vampire series Midnight broadcast while waiting for the latest episode to start, and an endless assault of KFC commercials.
Surprisingly, the fine folks at the Bagdad have had trouble sorting out the logistics of so many people turning out each week.
KUFO has been sponsoring the Friday night showing of Battlestar, sending DJs Cort and Fatboy to host the excitement, threaten beatings if there is any talking, and lead the audience in chanting, “So say we all!” before each show. Local comic & memorabilia shop Things From Another World have also sponsored weekly drawings for show merchandise. This popular event has also seen Mark Verheiden, one of the show's executive producers & writers, and local actress Katee Sackhoff ('Starbuck') show up for post-show Q/A sessions.
This Friday will be the two-hour series finale of BSG and it is sure to be one hell of an ending. Doors will open at 8PM, so plan to come early to stand in line. While you wait to get in you can compare plot theories, discuss the upcoming Caprica prequel series & Battlestar movie directed by Edward James Olmos ('William Adama'), indulge in the seemingly collective dislike of Galactica pilot, 'Hotdog', and hope Fatboy will bring around tots to share.
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Sherri Montgomery teaches yoga, practices Zen Buddhism, gardens, bicycles, writes and lives in North Portland. Her musings, reviews and rants can be found online at pdxyogini or you can follow her on Twitter: @PDXyogini