Battlestar Galactica & Bambering with the BBC

BBC America is one of my favorite television stations. Their programming is always top notch with shows like Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and more. Recently, they aired the entire series of Star Trek The Next Generation, and now they have begun airing Battlestar Galactica (BSG) as well as their new series Outcasts.

Part of the BBC’s marketing, which has been genuinely enjoyable to watch, has been to promote British actor Jamie Bamber as the star. The BBC’s ad campaign is terribly funny and creative whether they are revealing Jamie Bamber as being secretly British or whether they are renaming their station the Bamber Broadcasting Company.

If you would like to catch Jamie Bamber, Battlestar Galactica or Outcasts, tune into the BBC on Saturday nights from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Eastern) for 3 hours of terrific science fiction entertainment.

In the spirit of good fun and to help support a show that I love, I couldn’t help but to do a little bambering of my own with the help of a few science fiction writer friends who wanted to help out. So, I thought it might be fun to do a little dictionary bambering. Below are a few fun bamberisms followed by examples of “bamber” used in various forms of speech. Please feel free to join in the fun with your own bamberisms in the comments below.

bamber  (bam’bér)
bamber·ed, bamber·ing, bambers, bamber·ous

1. To act like an intergalactic hero.
2. To disguise one’s British accent.
3. To walk with confidence and a slight swagger.
4. To have fun flying wicked fast spaceships.

1. The way in which one presents himself to the world.
2. The rate at which one excels.
3. The complexity of a maneuver.
4. The state of being awesome.

Examples of Bambering:

The Bangor, which had a habit of running into asteroids, quickly became known as the Bamber. Jack McDevitt

The pilot bambered his way through the enemy line to save the ship full of children from the Cylon horde. – Erin Underwood

The man in the well-cut suit bambered across the floor, grasped the woman, and said, “Hello, you beautiful doll.” – Kat Howard

When Bamber’s mother died, all the cylons in the forest wept; still Godzilla kept stomping. – Jay Lake

Root of the adjective, “bamberlicious,” which is clearly self-explanatory. – Nancy Holder

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About Erin Underwood

BIO: Erin Underwood is the senior event content producer for MIT Technology Review’s emerging technology events. On the side, she reads, writes, and edits SF.
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2 Responses to Battlestar Galactica & Bambering with the BBC

  1. Haha, awesome post! I totally agree that the BBC has awesome programming–better than some of the major networks, IMHO. Torchwood and Doctor Who have forever made me love SciFi, and I’ve just started getting into Battlestar. I can totally understand why the BBC would want to promote Jamie Bamber after watching two seasons!


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