SciFiVerse: 1970s Battlestar Galactica

Nina and Classic Battlestar Galactica

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

Battlestar Galactica PEACE

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.

Battlestar Galactica Pryamid

Waaaayyyy back before the internet, fan magazines were where we got our information and our specialty collector items.

Nina Battlestar Galactica Pryamid

I got these from a company called StarTech from an advert in the back of Starlog Magazine.

Battlestar Galactica Pryamid cards

Think Geek has a newer set with difference graphics

The original show had the card game and a sport they called Triad, but the reboot branded the sport as Pyramid.

Battlestar Galactica Triad sport

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.

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16 Responses to SciFiVerse: 1970s Battlestar Galactica

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  2. K says:

    Hi, I’m glad you liked my card game pyramid.


    • dykewriter says:

      You did an online version? kewl

      The card set I have, I bought in the 1980s out of the back of Starlog Magazine. they duplicate the 1970s cards


    • dykewriter says:

      Um. okay this is weird. but I just meeting the person who invented this card game on my blog while I am doing posts about the 2 battlestar shows and how they illustrate the whole futility of war and …. this is just a bit trippy

      and why people give importance to coincidences, eh?


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  10. Michael TS says:

    I did a search for StarTech and it comes up as a company that deal in electronics parts & IT. I would like to know the website for StarTech if they are even still around to get my own copy of the 1980s cards. If not Ill remake my own using a graphic art program and print my own on some card stock. Ive always liked the game from the original series. But one thing I might change if I design my own cards is the back of the card. The new cards from the 2004-2009 tv series calls the game Triad. And on the back of the new version of the cards has a nice gold border with a large star in the middle. I may just use the gold border on my cards but remove the large star and have the original 4 crossed triangles for the back side of my cards. So maybe thats what ill do. Unless someone can provide an actual link to a site where I may buy the original card set.

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    • dykewriter says:

      let me know – I have the cards. and did fair good scans and had them on an old freebie site.


    • dykewriter says:

      I have the battlestar card set from the 1970s series and the actual card designer contacted me on this blog.. so there might be another way to source out that Star Tech company – I am fairly sure they were based in Tenneessee. In the 1980s, I mailed an order from Alberta Canada and had them mail to my home in BC… it was the days of 6-8 weeks delivery and I got it in 2 weeks and it was not even addressed to a real city in canada – my handwriting was so bad and their canada understanding was so poor. LOL> hmm. now that seems like a good blog post…


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