Adama: The Cylon War is long over, yet we must not forget the reasons why so many sacrificed so much in the cause of freedom. The cost of wearing the uniform can be high, but... [very long pause] Adama: sometimes it's too high. You know, when we fought the Cylons, we did it to save ourselves from extinction. But we never answered the question "Why?" Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder because of greed and spite, jealousy, and we still visit all of our sins upon our children. We refuse to accept the responsibility for anything that we've done, like we did with the Cylons. We decided to play God, create life. And when that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn't our fault, not really. You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you've created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore.
40 years ago there was Lorne Greene; Canada's Voice of Doom and John Colicos, a pair of extremely talented Canadian actors who had done some serious theatre in Stratford Ontario, chasing each other through American living rooms in 1978-79. Battlestar Galactica was an expensive space opera aiming to take a bite out of the Neilsen ratings. Part of the alliure of performance is the costumes and what would the original series be if it wasn't a costume caper. The evil Baltar; played by Colicos was the human dictator of a race of machines determined to drive humanity to extinction. The humans fled in their rag-tag fleet from the destruction of their homeworld protected by the last battlestar called the Gallactica. Richard Hatch as Apollo and Dirk Benedict as Starbuck were hot shot fighter pilots protecting the fleet from the reptillian created Cylons, whose only mission was war, and who had never been commanded to stop The humans were searching for a mythical planet called earth Unfortunately,the Battlestar Gallactica never found earth having been, according to Producer Glen A Larsen sabatoged by an alien life form from Ork. ABC had shifted the expensive Battlestar around to get a better time slot for Mork and Mindy. Battlestar Gallactica was decommissioned only a year into her journey. Frack!
Earth was still out there. Waiting to be found.
Colicos also battled fellow Canadian William Shatner in Star Trek as Kor the Klingon commander.
Jonathon Harris who appeared on Battle Star as Lucifer had also appeared in an early castaways in space show called Lost in Space as the nefarious Dr. Zachary Smith. Harris' portrayal of the good doctor actually comes much closer to the reimagined Gaius Baltar that Ron Moore envisioned. Whiny, calculating, cowardly and ultimately out for himself
To be a devoted sci-fi fan with a lack of actually good material to watch in movies or on television, is like wandering in the desert without water. Good scifi provides parables to our existence in the here and now. Bad scifi is mere fantasy, robotic acting, and an opportunity for the actors to dress up and sashay about the universe doing battle with aliens and bad people. Star Trek was a good series because Gene Rodenberry did two things, he used his real life experiences and he hired science fiction writers, like Harlan Ellison who won a Hugo award for The City on the Edge of Forever. My favourite episode was The Menagerie, which was a re-rigged pilot episode with the original captain; Jeff Hunter, who left the show to try his luck in movies. Shatner then took the helm. In The Menagerie, Majel Barrett played Number One, and Spock had the look of some pagan woodside god. NBC was appalled that a woman would have such a high-ranking job. Weren't there dishes to be cleaned? in their wisdom NBC made sure Ms. Barrett was demoted to nurse but the guy with the devil ears kept his job. In fact he was promoted to first officer.
Star Trek was the show that wouldn't die, popping up in different varieties, such as an animated series, several movies and weak spinoffs such as Deep Space 9. Star Trek, The Next Generation started out inauspiciously with Jean Luc Picard barking orders like a frenzied french poodle. But once the writers, actors and directors hit their stride, it became a worthy successor to the original. It's positive take on humanity was at odds with films popping up on the big screen like Alien and Terminator, which had a grim blue-collar feel to fighting robots and aliens. Blade Runner was a film noire Science Fiction epic where it always rains on the poor as corporate monoliths rose above the teeming denizens of squalid slums, much like downtown Toronto. Harrison Ford's character has less emotion than the Replicants he has been ordered to exterminate. The original Planet of the Apes was almost giddy about the secret of the forbidden zone and it's broken statue revealing the discomforting fate of mankind.
Then along comes Ron Moore and David Eick to bring hopelessness to the small screen. They pulled the old Battlestar Gallactica, out of dry dock, bringing this museum piece to life to fight off the Cylons. They are horribly out-matched and out-gunned and the 12 colonies are vaporized by their robotic creations. Frankensteins monster destroying the creator. Humanity's children returning with unwelcome gifts.
Edward James Olmos, Michael Hogan, Mary McConnel and Katee Sackhoff are first class actors even with the camera shoved up their noses. Best thing I have seen Michael Hogan in. I never liked him as an actor until this show. Filmed in BC by an American company many Canadian actors populate the dwindling population of humans. Bruce Greenwood visited Gallactica before adding a measure of authority to JJ Abrams Star Trek. Chief Tyrol, Helo, Cally, Felix Gaeta, Doctor Cottle, Tory, Colonel Tigh, Ellen Tigh, Number 6, and many others.
After the destruction of the colonies and in the emmy award-winning episode; 33 the tension is ratcheted up so high, that the show couldn't have survived at that pace. I understand that executives were trying to cut down on the number of deaths which must have cramped Ron Moore's style. The grim death march that was humanity's flight from the colonies started to wander a bit and occasionally got lost with meaningless episodes. But overall the series was supberb. In this series, bad people do good things and good people do bad things as they struggle through their own personal moral quagmires.
As for the parables or analogies which is the key to any great writing in fantasy and science fiction, the Iraq war, the shooting down of the Korean jet liner, the insurgency, and many other political pages were torn out of today's newspaper and reworked for the anti-Star Trek alternative universe.
Starbuck would not go to Starbuck's for a drink Hard-drinking Kara Thrace(Starbuck) and even harder-drinking Colonel Tigh butt heads on several occassions in scenes that draw the best out of both of them. Edward James Olmos as Adama is a deeply-flawed but honourable man who sometimes blunders, sometimes finds genius and sometimes disappears into a bottle of despair.
The filming and set work was top notch, as the Battlestar crew created a sort of retro space world, with the whole world war two claustrophobic submarine look in the space ship. It is my guess that a series like this would be draining on the writers and the crew in the battle to continually create a nihilistic world where the glass is always half empty. Many of the stars were dispatched horribly as life grew more and more grim. The endless supply of alcohol and meaningless sex being poor salves for the soul. The humans could never win. They could only escape. In most series of this kind, victory can possibly be achieved. but our human cousins lost the war from the get go. and like the Navaho and other refugees they could only run, and hope to postpone death long enough to procreate, the human struggle for survival becoming the only goal that really matters when there is nothing else. Finally a sci-fi series worth watching.
And I just read that Bear McReary was not originally the go to guy for music on Battlestar. He was brought in to assist Richard Gibbs but when Gibbs was called away by the movie muses, Bear took over and his soundscape rocks the moons and other celestial bodies. The signature drums and the haunting wind instruments made for wonderful compositions.
[on the Galactica's 1-MC after news of the attack came in] Adama: This is the Commander. Moments ago, this ship received word of a Cylon attack against our homeworlds is under way. We do not know the size or the disposition or the strength of the enemy forces, but all indications point to a massive assault against Colonial defenses. Admiral Nagala has taken personal command of the Fleet aboard the battlestar Atlantia following the complete destruction of Picon Fleet Headquarters in the first wave of the attacks. "How? Why?" doesn't really matter now. What does matter is that as of this moment, we are at war. You've trained for this. You're ready for this. Stand to your duties, trust your fellow shipmates, and we'll all get through this. Further updates as we get them. Thank you.
looting the display Viper Mk.2s from the museum for combat duty]
Starbuck: You sure they'll fly?
Tyrol: Well, the reactor's still hot, so all we have to do is pull the rad buffers from the engine, refuel it, load the ordnance, and you're ready to go. The biggest problem is getting them over to the port launch bay.
Starbuck: Why can't we use the starboard launch?
Tyrol: It's a gift shop now.
Starbuck: Frack me.
Number Six: What are you doing?
Baltar: Phoning my attorney.
Number Six: That won't be necessary.
Baltar: Nah, he'll know what to do. He'll sort this out. He's the best in the business.
Number Six: It won't be necessary because in a few hours no one will be left to charge you with anything.
Baltar: What exactly are you saying?
Number Six: Humanity's children are returning home. Today.
[a nuclear detonation flares in the distance]
[Talking to Starbuck over the radio]
Adama: Morning, Starbuck, what do you hear?
Starbuck: Nothin' but the rain. ,br/> Adama: Grab your gun and bring the cat in.
Starbuck: Aye-aye, sir.
Katee Sackhoff's(Starbuck) advice to young actors
"Don't give up. Some people will tell you that you can't do it. Everyone will tell you that you can't do it." Katee's drama teacher told her she was a failure. "Follow your dreams. Your dreams may change, but follow your heart."
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