Battlestar Galactica as a movie, did not and really does not work. It only makes sense if you view it as a pilot for a longer series.
I remember my Uncle Harry complaining that we watched this show, he had walked out of the movie.
I was astonished at that idea, paying for a movie and then not finishing it. I have actually done it twice as an adult. Once for Carilito’s Way with Al Pacino and I can’t think of the other one at the moment.
In any event, I mostly was dazzled by Jane Seymour. It was funny to find out when this box set was released that Serina in the movie was dying – it certainly explains a lot of her facial expressions now – and Seymour was surprised to be asked to be in tv show. I was surprised upon the adult viewings that she was only in the 2 part opener. She left the show to do Somewhere in Time.
Rick Springfield plays Appollo’s younger brother and on tv, he dies before the first commercial break.
I remember staying up until 2 in the morning one time to watch the movie and there where 2 commercial breaks and then when the third one should have occurred, the screen went black until the words
insert commercials here
appeared, hovered and then the show returned with no more interruptions at all. LOL
In the original show, the cylons were a reptile race who created the robot soldiers bent on making an orderly universe.
The swear words Frack and Felgercarb – roughly damn and hell – came from this show. Frack being elevated to Fuck in the reboot and now the standard go to swear word in many shows.
It certainly gave me pause and reflection to learn the word Frack has another meaning.
Hydraulic Fracking is fucking up the earth and the water system. So oddly appropriate.
Waaaayyyy back before the internet, fan magazines were where we got our information and our specialty collector items.
I got these from a company called StarTech from an advert in the back of Starlog Magazine.
Think Geek has a newer set with difference graphics http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ea8f/
The original show had the card game and a sport they called Triad, but the reboot branded the sport as Pyramid.
Anyway, the original show was the standard of the time, static characters who have adventures.
The reboot came in a time where characters were more evolving and impacted by the plot events.
Sometimes it’s just more restful to watch older shows
partly because of the memories around earlier viewings
partly because the shows with white hats vs black hats are less complex and more emotionally satisfying.
I used to have all the novels and some fan books, but over the years, the book collection has become fluid.