Oh Galactica: You Were the Dicso of SF

Flashy, stupid, with bright lights and a lot of big hair, Battlestar Galactica was the Magnetbox to Star Wars' space fantasy.
Today, I was making lunch and turned on the TV. They were rerunning the old Battlestar Galactica series. It lasted 24 episodes (would they be epsilons in Galacticaese?) so the reruns continued into the spin-off series: Galactica 1980. They made it to Earth but found that Earth sucked technologically. Talk about a repressed memory. Galactica 1980 is one of those experiences you push down into your subconscious like the time you were blindfolded and thrown into a slaughterhouse.
I took a moment to read the plots from the 10 episodes of Galactica 1980.
Oh man: did they stink! The best of the lot (and this says it all) is where Starbuck comes back for a tale from the past, befriends an injured Cylon and makes out with a space angel (episode 10). A few more of them involved Hitler. I kid you not. Back in the last 1970s, the bar for TV quality was pretty low. Hell: CHiPS was highly rated.

In the remake of Battlestar Galactica, Ronald Moore has been very revisionist but still keeping the waypoints. My hope is that he does a Galactica 2010. Where before there were creepy kids raised on the high gravity Galactica, now there are Children of the Corn style kids from the Galactica who use their eerie shinning on common Earth folk.

For those of who who need more Galactica: http://www.cylon.org/bsg/galacticaonline.html


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