Is there a lack of creativity in NuBSG Costumes and culture Lack

Discussion in 'Battlestar Galactica & Caprica' started by Teiwaz, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. muzzleflash

    muzzleflash Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 8, 2010
    Caprica City is set in Vancouver, after all.
  2. Awesome Possum

    Awesome Possum Rated Awesome By 9 out of 10 Awesome Experts Moderator

    Mar 13, 2001
    According to Serge, the people of Virgon are considered polite and friendly, some people have called the colony Caprica Jr. Also an increasing amount of television shows are filmed there due to tax breaks.

    I wonder where I have heard that before.:shifty:
  3. species5618

    species5618 Commodore Commodore

    May 16, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    ^^^completely off-topic, but I thought I'd let you know Possum that I'm going to see Jewel Staite at a con in Toronto this weekend. As a long time TNZ lurker I am aware of the cult of Jewel...anything you'd like me to pass along to her? ;)
  4. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    Caprica City is Vancouver, according to The Plan.
  5. Teiwaz

    Teiwaz Lieutenant Red Shirt

    I don't think we can judge how timeless it is for another 30 or so years (that's how old the original BSG is now). Capes were de rigeour in the late seventies for Sci-fi though, but usually for bad guys. Be thankful they did'nt have 'ming the merciless' collars as well.

    You're right about Edward James-Olmos though - the grizzled veteran look and flamboyant capes just do'nt go.

    I've had another thought about various comments about parallels to todays 'War on Terror'.
    The society at the beginning of the series was complacent, there was no threat expected so I'm not sure that holds any water, besides when has fashion been affected by political problems. There was just as much of a terrorist problem in certain parts of the world in the seventies (Ireland, Germany, South France and Spain).

    I think the production was trying to minimise the Sci-fi look of the show in the hopes of pulling in a wider audience, I think that having the administrative staff for the President in 21st century dress they hoped they could pull audiences that would watch '24' or 'west wing' and not sci-fi and keep them.
    I don't doubt however, that as soon as they saw robots, they'd switch over. Unfortunate that.
  6. BenRoethig

    BenRoethig Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 11, 2003
    Dubuque, IA
    When it comes down to it, what would we rather have costumes or better special effects?
  7. Darkman

    Darkman Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 25, 2005

    Actually...during WWII wide lapels for men (especially zoot suits) and pleated skirts for women were out due to shortages of material (and pressure from the government on excess of any kind in fashion due to the waste). Then in the 1950's the double breasted, super wide suit lapels and ties came roaring back for a time.

    Not just political, but also practical I know, but it has happened.
  8. Teiwaz

    Teiwaz Lieutenant Red Shirt

    You're right, sorry. I was'nt actually thinking about rationing (as it was known in the Uk, which started at the onset of war and lasted until a little into the 1950s). So here, there was no luxeries available (unless through the black market) until well into the 1950's. This less due to political wind as it was financial RE: the cost of the war and the fall of the British Empire.

    I feel it's hard to really compare NUBsg at the beginning as regards culture and sense of security to modern day earth. We've gone form outright war to coldwar to terrorist threat with only a couple of years in between for a break. Perhaps the feeling in America does mirror it as 9/11 may have felt like an attack out of the blue. Living in London during the irish troubles I was always aware of risk, and I have relatives in the north of Ireland as well so it just feels like continuation of the same-old-same-old to me.
  9. Teiwaz

    Teiwaz Lieutenant Red Shirt

    I doubt a couple of custom suits would take much of a bite out of the special effects budget.
    You could have the entire cast nude (after all, they say nudity is the style everywhere) and I'm sure the money saved would not improve the special effects any. Of course, you'd either have to pay the cast a hell of a lot more or employ actors (from the 'other' hollywood) in which case the acting would 'literally' suck...
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  10. Marc

    Marc Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Nov 14, 2003
    An Aussie in Canukistan
    It's not just a couple of suits though. you need multiples of any costume worn by actors because they work long hours and the costumes will get dirty, damaged etc and need repairs.

    And with something like Caprica where there's multiple costumers for an actor is can add up.

    So by using off the shelf clothes which they could by quite cheaply it would represent a bit of save on production costs and the studios watch ever penny.

    I've read of Paramount shifting costumes between actors to save a few dollars (I think at one stage Michael Dorn was wearing Avery Brooks costume or might of been the opposite way around).
  11. StarshipDefiant

    StarshipDefiant Captain Captain

    Jul 11, 2009
    (If you haven't watched all of BSG, might not want to read this post, there could be spoilers about)

    Close, unless your thinking of something else I am not aware of, in Star Trek: Generations Jonathan Frakes used Avery Brooks uniform, and Levar Burton used Colm Meany's costume. As for the costumes by the civilians in BSG, a thought, maybe in places for one reason or another there were still restrictions or rationing? Someone mentioned in this topic that the results of World War II, had that effect on clothing and other things, even into the 1950's. This was a result of war that long? My history and dates escape me at the moment, particularly as the war began and ended at different times, depending on where your talking about. Anyway, using this line of thought, remember that the war with the Cylons lasted for twelve years, all indications pointing to it lasting closer to thirteen years and for all things considered...the Colonials were loosing the war. The war cost billions of lives, and was fought against an enemy that did not need to rest, or heal their injured. They could construct new soldiers on an assembly line and very likely in hours, put enough on the battle field to replace what was lost in an earlier battle. Perhaps, it was so costly for the Colonials, that even 40 years later, things were still restricted and cautious in some places (the CNP and networking of ships non withstanding).

    At the very least, that could provide some reasonable explanation, and it's not like we completely know what happened in the 40 years between the war, save for a few personal experiences. As for the war analogy, and breaks, and what not, they went from an all out war (WWII?), to a 'cold war' (it's my understanding that an armistice is a simple agreement to not shoot each other, not actually bringing a peace, I could be wrong...) that, while it albeit lasted 40 years or so, things weren't truly over (Adama and his opposition to networking is a testament to this), to a terrorist attack that cost billions of lives, that was clearly planned out over a long period of time, to the war on terror, a statement that this was a battle with an enemy that could not be defeated.

    So what I am saying is, maybe among all of this, simpler cuts in clothing were the norm, the preferred norm, to allow more resources towards defense and technology? I am sure things like the Valkyrie-type and Mercury-class Battlestars and whatever other warships they had, took some time to develop and consumed resources.

    All and all though, I really don't see it as a lack of creativity, if anything, I thought it was creative to use what is more or less off the rack stuff for people in BSG, I don't know why, I just do.
  12. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    The visitor's bullpen
    Ah, those were the days... :techman: :D

    Actually I do rather like the explanation that there's a sort of racial/genetic memory operating here. It is interesting.
  13. Teiwaz

    Teiwaz Lieutenant Red Shirt

    An Armistice was signed to end the First World War, it ended without either side being truly 'beaten' (certainly not in the way Germany (or Japan were left after the second). It was only at the Treaty of Versaille and it's aftermath (which was one of the principle causes of the second world war) where the allied nations mostly conspired to carve out preferred territories from Germany.

    From the first couple of NUBSG epsodes I've so far watched.
    They had a station built where the humans and robots could meet every couple of decades or so by treaty.(1st episode). So I'm assuming a Peace Treaty was signed
    The Galactica was to be decommissioned (1st episode).

    I'm not sure what war-footing clothing rations have to do in the basic style of dress.
    I've noted earlier from the half-3/4 or a season I've seen so far that the dress of the presidential staff gets tattier as the season progresses (obv, given that they don't have much of a change of wardrobe onboard).
    I'm not convinced about genes or racial memory being a significant factor in clothing style (if genes were a factor they'd be wearing denims, surely LOL) (old joke - and v poor) for all the references to the colonies (a reference that used to by used by the British to refer to either the pre and post American proto states or Australia) they could also have been wearing tri-point hats. Hats aren't shown featured in the racial memory much even though through time people have worn hats for longer than the proto suit has existed.
    Racial memory seldom remembers much of what people wore (I've read interpreted descriptions of what celtic priestesses actually wore which would make your hair stand on end (and probably made theirs stand up, given the climate) it's not what hollywood would have you believe, and may not be what we think it is in another generation), but racial memory will recall their stories, the old B5 idea of heroes becoming legend then religious icon then myth. These things are passed down first verbally then composed in books and later made into blockbuster movies (and first applauded then ripped to shreds on forums like this one).
    What Adama believes in episode 1 hardly seems relevant to the society as a whole, I got the impression he was well respected by the crew but the administration of the government thought he was a relic to be retired with his decommissioned ship.
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  14. StarshipDefiant

    StarshipDefiant Captain Captain

    Jul 11, 2009
    I guess it's safe to say this, considering you've hinted you know it, and pretty much saw the answer already. The pace between the Cylons and the Colonials were from an Armistice, which brought about the only real 'end' the war had. They sent an officer to Armistice station each year and the Cylons sent no one. This is in the miniseries, and granted it can be a stretch, but it could be a plausible answer.
  15. Teiwaz

    Teiwaz Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Oh, was that it.:cool:
    Can you remember how long that went on? Did it stipulate or did it say they just met every year and not declare for how long it went on.
  16. Sci

    Sci Admiral Admiral

    Mar 2, 2002
    Montgomery County, State of Maryland
    I rather like the idea that Colonial society is a sort of mirror to our own -- to the point where the Colonials, just before the Fall, had fashions similar to our own today, and had, 40 years before the Fall in the Caprica prequel, fashions similar to those of 1950s America.
  17. MetroKid

    MetroKid Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 2, 2007
    Here is the relevant port of the Series Bible regarding the contemporary look of the show:
  18. David cgc

    David cgc Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 3, 2002
    I'm reading through the character bios now. It's pretty cool seeing how much stuff there was that was in the show from the beginning and either ended up revised or was only included late in the show (like the names of Starbuck's parents, the death of Roslin's father and sisters (which was changed to be in her adult life from happening when she was a teenager) and Lee and Kara's first meeting).

    Oh, and I've finally found out what those damn intervals the pilots are always talking about are. (The time between their launch and the launch prior to theirs, presumably so they don't smash into the Viper next door after they leave the tube)
  19. StarshipDefiant

    StarshipDefiant Captain Captain

    Jul 11, 2009
    It didn't say how long they did it, but it was for some time, deleted scenes would have shown the Armistice officer arriving to the station over the years. I'd say it was close to the forty years that the Armistice was in place. Other then that, they just said the Colonials sent an officer to the station each year, and the Cylons had sent no one.
  20. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Oct 30, 1999
    I can understand that point of view. To try to create a new look for a society on the cheap will lead to nonsense. To create a wholly original look that doesn't lapse into Stargate Ren Faire costumes, Star Trek spandex or Jedi robe cliches would require a lot of creativity and effort, and that requires a large budget.