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It’s hard to believe there are only ten more episodes of Battlestar Galactica left to air. Sure, we have to wait until some unknown date in 2009 to see the first of the remaining episodes but all the same, the series will be coming to an end. Fortunately, we have Caprica to look forward to and now it looks like we’ll be getting a prequel TV movie to BSG as well!

Scifi Channel announced today that the special event will air next year sometime after the series finale. Similar to the Razor TV movie, the DVD will be released shortly after the movie premieres on Scifi. Here’s Scifi’s brief description:

“Starting before the events of the miniseries, our story focuses on familiar characters including Cylon Number One, known as Cavil (Stockwell), Resistance Leader Sam T. Anders (Trucco) and Chief Galen Tyrol (Douglas). In the beginning, the Cylons had a plan, but it didn't account for one thing: survivors. During the chaotic aftermath of the destruction, two powerful Cylon agents struggle with plots and priorities on the human ships that got away, and among the resistance fighters who were left behind.”

SciFi didn’t mention the name of the movie but they did say that Edward James Olmos (who plays Admiral Bill Adama on BSG) will be directing the two-hour event and Jane Espenson will write it. As cool as it is that Olmos is directing, I’m even more excited that Espenson will be writing it. Not only am I a huge fan of her work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but I’ve also loved the episodes she’s written for BSG in the past. “The Hub” was one of the best episodes from the first part of this final season of the series.

Sure one could argue that SciFi is making every effort to bank on the popularity of the series for as long as they can but I don’t care. I think it’s great that in addition to the upcoming new series (also set to premiere sometime next year) Caprica, we’ll now have this to look forward to after BSG ends.