Battlestar Galactica Lives
Revised January 31, 2013, by Will Hoover
Battlestar Galactica, the brain child of prolific TV producer Glen A. Larson, first aired on ABC TV in the fall of 1978. Despite a considerable fan following and a People's Choice Award for "Best New TV Drama Series" in 1979, the show was cancelled after only one season of 17 episodes (24 broadcast
hours in total), reportedly due to declining ratings and cost overruns.
Yet the network must have had faith that
there was a solid fanbase for the show, for almost as soon as the original series disappeared from the airwaves,
a retooled, much lower budget replacement known as Galactica 1980 was ordered by ABC.
Unfortunately however, all but one episode (The Return of Starbuck) of the relatively brief ten installment run of Galactica 1980 are now generally considered by most fans to
be the least substantial and satisfying of all the somewhat disparate incarnations of the Battlestar Galactica franchise to
|The theatrical release poster for Glen A. Larson's mythic space fantasy, Battlestar Galactica
A number of attempts were made to revive the cult classic over
the years, until it was "re-imagined" in 2003 on the Syfy Channel.
This version of Battlestar Galactica featured an all new cast (with the notable exception of Richard Hatch, the only actor from the original show to star in the re-imagined version).
The 2004-09 Ronald D. Moore developed series was an extremely well made production by any means, and went on to win a considerable
fan following, as well as well deserved critical acclaim.
Not that all BSG fans would agree, of course. To this day, some are much more partial to the original show, while many others swear
by the more recent version.
Yet perhaps the mythic essence of the saga originally conceived by Glen
A. Larson (which is also perhaps a much overlooked integral part of the Syfy version) is what has always been the true
secret of the enduring success of the Battlestar Galactica franchise.
The rebooted BSG was soon followed up by the spinoff prequel
series Caprica that began airing on the Syfy Channel in January 2010. With a mostly urban bound story that
took place some 58 years before the events depicted in the 2003 production, the overall tone and flavor of the show also
departed significantly from the action packed, myth based formula that had been a hallmark of its wildly successful predecessor.
Despite being critically well received, Caprica simply couldn't drum up enough ratings and was canceled by Syfy on October 27, 2010. When it was all said and done, only 19 episodes were produced
in all. Oddly enough, true to form of the concept that "all this has happened before and all of it will happen
again," the short lived nature of Caprica perhaps mirrors the even shorter lived Galactica 1980, with both spinoffs simply
departing far too much from the formula that had made their predecessors so successful.
Fans are now
mostly raving about the latest BSG prequel, entitled Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Originally produced as a 2 hour television pilot, the show eventually ended up premiering in segments
on the world wide web.
Blood and Chrome takes place in the tenth year of the First Cylon War (after the events depicted in Caprica, but before the storyline seen in the re-imagined series). Visit
Screenrant.com for more information and an official synopsis of BSG: Blood and Chrome. A gallery of concept
art for the production can also be found at Blastr.com.
All in all, what was originally a short lived, critically panned scifi
show that was for years written off as little more than a run of the mill late 1970s Star Wars rip
off, has none the less, over the years managed to blossom into a towering pop cultural phenomenon. Surely,
this "saga of a star world" will continue in one form or another for quite some time to come. Hopefully, "so
say we all."
the images below to visit specific incarnations of the Battlestar Galactica mythos.