Five-minute summaries

Peter W. pointed to the Five-Minute "Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries" comic. Sort of in the style of the old Fotonovels, only with parody dialogue and captions. Note: it summarizes, and thus contains spoilers for, the entire plot of the miniseries (though not for the ongoing series). (Well, okay, there are a couple of lines that make more sense if you've seen the first couple of episodes of the ongoing series. But nothing really spoilery.)

Very entertaining, very much worth reading. (The first page is a little weak, but it gets a lot funnier.) My favorite lines are the extremely apt Star Wars joke at the end of page 3, and the "I brought you a present" joke on page 4. The latter of which has sparked a running series of related jokes between me and Kam with regard to the ongoing series. Oh, and I also love the final joke at the end of the comic.

Anyway, so it turns out that the Five-Minute BSG is just one piece of the site. The rest of the site has "five-minute" parody summaries (text only, no visuals) of dozens of other things: episodes from almost every season of every Star Trek series; Andromeda, B5, Dr. Who, Firefly, Farscape, etc.; Alien, LoTR, Star Wars, and other movies; several video games; and even Shakespeare plays. I've only looked at a few of them, mostly the first few Star Trek: TOS episodes; the ones I've seen have varied in quality, but there are some pretty good/funny ones. But the BSG mini-fotonovel is definitely my favorite of the pieces I've looked at there.

4 Responses to “Five-minute summaries”

  1. David Moles

    Okay, the “present” exchange is the funniest thing I’ve seen in weeks.

  2. David Moles

    (Also the bit about technobabble, particularly the very well-chosen shot of Apollo saying “no”.)

  3. David Moles

    Disappointing to find out the rest aren’t fotonovelas.

    See also the abbreviated scripts at The Editing Room.

  4. Aliette de Bodard

    Oh, that is hilarious (even without having seen Battlestar Galactica). The “Blue Screen of Death” on the planes is just so funny (“everybody press CTRL-ALT-DEL, fast”). Thanks for pointing it out.


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