argument for and against a continuation of BattleStar Galactica.
By Bob Hubbard
article is certain to annoy, and in some cases, “royally frost
the knickers” of some fans of the original series. My apologies
me begin this by qualifying myself. I am a long time fan. I was 8 years
old when the series first aired. I fondly remember my grandfather taking
me to the theater to see “BattleStar Galactica in Sensurround”.
I bought the action figures, have multiple copies of most of the Larson
books, have worn out copies of the VHS tapes, have built models, collected
hundreds of fanfics, and so much more. I remember being at a Creation
convention in the mid 90’s and seeing a Warriors Jacket at one
of the dealers tables, wanting it so bad I rushed to the bank, cleaned
out my checking account and raced back only to get there too late to
buy it. I love the original series.
original was killed prematurely by the network. The second season had
already begun scripting and had some parts filmed when the axe came
down. Like most fans, I tuned into the Galactica 1980 series full of
hope, and walked away feeling betrayed. We’ve had so many promises,
taken so much abuse over the years, its honestly not fair.
kept the dream alive in fanfiction, bbs’s and now the internet,
conventions, cosplay, and hounding the various networks and stations
to keep TOS on the air. Sci-Fi channel has kept TOS in rotation for
years, feeding our desire, but only enough to take the edge off.
it we cried. Let the story continue. There was so much more left to
do, see and feel.
problem is, time marches on. First, we lost Lorne Greene in September
1987. Next passed Lloyd Bridges in March 1998, and finally John Colicos
March 2000. Our beloved Commander Adama, the father figure and pillar
of strength was gone. The possibility of a reunion with the Pegasus
and the legendary Commander Cain vanished with the death of Lloyd Bridges,
and with the too soon passing of the talented John Colicos, so there
went our arch nemesis. Recasting those roles would be a sin, as each
actor brought part of their own heart and soul to the role.
Greene –was- Adama. The proud patriarch, who now bears this heavy
burden, yet still has room in his heart. So like Ben Cartwright, another
character played by Greene. The 2 were very similar. Strong, father
figures, whose faith and overwhelming ability to believe and love always
gave hope to a happy ending.
dashing Lloyd Bridges was the embodiment of Cain. Arrogant, certain
of himself and his troops, he was the George Patton of Galactica. In
him, we can see an older and wiser Starbuck.
Colicos brought a passion to the personage of Baltar. Oily, evil, cowardly
and fatally flawed, Baltar was the Yang to Adamas’ Yin.
could replace them and remain true to the original? No one. To ‘replace’
them, would be to insult the memory of the great men who first brought
the role to life.
how do we continue? Leaping ahead 20-30 years would make sence. We could
easily use some flashbacks to fill in the gaps, some CGI tricks to show
Adama bravely dying in battle, the bridge in flames around him. We can
explain away the Baltar was left behind, marooned, or died of old age
or in the tragic loss of the prison barge to Cylon attack. A new enemy
would need to be brought in to be the face of the Cylons, as week after
week of the emotionless robots would grow old fast. The surviving original
cast are all ‘good guys’, so there would have to either
be another great betrayal, a ‘humanized’ (or unmasked lizard
type) cylon, or a new character, brought into play.
to start is also a problem. If we accept Richard Hatchs’ novels
as ‘canon’, we have to leap yet further ahead. The reason
being easy. Richards books have a living Baltar, yet John is gone. We
can’t have both. I’m not certain the path of Richards novels
is the ‘right’ way to go. While they are ok works, they
are not steller. They would require a great deal of fine tuning and
fleshing out to work as more than a guidepost. The direction he has
taken things also drifts into ‘mystical sci-fi’ more so
than many fans might be willing to accept. This is Galactica after all,
not Star Wars.
Larson’s vision also may not be correct for similar reasons.
retelling of the original pilot, with the original cast in their original
roles won’t work either. It would require a lot more effort to
make the 58 year old Hatch look like the 33 year old he was when filming
the original. And, what fan would truly accept someone other than Lorne
Greene in the role of Adama?
what do we do?
Sci-Fi channel did what they had to do. No matter what they would have
done, it would have fallen far short of what we, the fans, truly want.
That being to turn the clock back to 1979, and give the old girl the
second, third and more seasons she truly deserved.
Future of Galactica:
Right now, Galactica is once again in the spotlight. Investors are paying
attention. The rumor that Richard had everything but the “OK”
from the powers to do his Second Coming vision is a good sign. Perhaps
now, with the renewed attention created by the Mini series, room can
be made to give the green light. Give us as much Galactica as they can.
The mini, reimagined as it is, taking the old story in a brave new direction,
the old, being the baseline upon which all others would stand, and the
continuation, which will tell the story far in the future of our heros.
There is room for all this and more. After so long a drought, its again
a good time to be a Galactica Fan.
posted on: Rustaz.com | Toronto
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Hubbard also known on various on-line forums as "Silent" Bob,
and just "Kaith", is a long time sci-fi fan. Currently head
of the I.K.V. Devisior,
an independant science fiction, anime and fantasy fan club, he has held
positions with numerous other groups. He has organized activities at
Media Play and Barnes & Nobel, worked con security, participated
in club challenges for charities, and participated in masquerades, art
shows and model shows at several Toronto conventions.
You can reach Bob at his website, http://rustaz.com