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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 17 September 2018 at 10:35am | IP Logged | 1 post reply


A quick internet search shows that the original BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is rather quietly celebrating its 40th anniversary today (though it premiered on a Sunday night, September 17, 1978).

A childhood favorite... not the greatest show ever, perhaps, but I revisit it every so often with no shame, as a cascade of nostalgia hits me like a ton of bricks each time.

(For the record:  I tried, but not a fan in the least of the 2004 reboot thingy.)



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Shaun - huge fan as a kid...did you know that it's currently available for streaming (with commercials) on the NBC app?
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Quite a fan many moons ago. Didn't quite get the same high when I revisited it on DVD years ago.

Which is fine. Some shows, such as THE A-TEAM, still float my boat; others, such as MIAMI VICE and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, don't. Some things ages better than others, and BG is one such example (and it's all subjective, anyway).

I read just one of the stories Marvel did, it was reprinted in a pocketbook over here.
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Also, read this:

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Not a fan. Much prefered the reboot. (The reboot of STAR TREK was my punishment!)
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At 10-11 years of age it was heady stuff. Baddies you can blow to smithereens over and over and feel no guilt, suede jackets (always wanted one, tres expensive), fake swear words you can say without having to imagine re-experiencing the Cashmere Bouquet soap taste, a robot dog, weird looking coin money. Apollo, Athena, Starbuck, Cassiopeia, and Sheba were cool... Lorne Green, Fred Astaire, Lloyd Bridges, Patrick MacNee! Plus got to see the live exhibit at Universal Studios. :^D

Can I re-enjoy it? Uh, not so much, but still better than Gil Gerrard Buck Rogers, or Lost In Space which has only been good for laughs outside the first couple of episodes and cool opening.


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With you about BUCK ROGERS, Rebecca.

I did quite enjoy LOST IN SPACE when I revisited it, but I couldn't binge watch it. I watched the series over many years, one episode every Sunday.

Here's a cover from Marvel Comics' BG title:


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Absolutely a no miss while it was airing. I was probably the right age for it as it's tough to watch now.
Also enjoyed the 2004 version, at least the first 3 seasons anyway.
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It was great tv for me as a kid. It doesn't hold up these days. But Dirk Benedict as Starbuck is one of the few highlights that remains for me. 
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I did enjoy it back in the day, but (all nostalgia aside) the reboot was significantly better.

What the reboot did so well was to recognise and retain those elements that were striking. neat, memorable, and so on. The Cylons on a mission to wipe-out humanity, blunt as that, the rag-tag fugitive fleet attempting to preserve the entire culture, the genocidal traitor Dr Balthazar, the dog-fighters defending the vast battlestar, itself defending the otherwise-defenceless fleet.
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When asked if the reboot was going to deal with the original's "Ship of Lights" in which ambiguously defined angels resurrect a dead cast member, showrunner Ron Moore said that was not what the new series was about.

Which when push came to shove, turned out to be exactly what the new show was all about. 

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"...did you know that it's currently available for streaming (with commercials) on the NBC app?"

I did notice that a few weeks ago, Marc, thanks.. but I actually picked up the DVD set back in the '00s, for a ridiculously-high sticker price at the time... then managed to snag the Blu-ray set for quite a bargain, only a few months back.

I don't mind owning two different sets--they both come in handsome display boxes, and the DVD set is in the original 4:3 TV ratio (and one of the discs became damaged over time), whereas the Blu-rays are widescreen-enchanced.



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