There are those who believe…that life here began out there, far across the Universe…with tribes of humans…who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians…or the Toltecs…or theMayans…that they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids…or the lost civilizations of Lemuria…or Atlantis.
Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man…who even now fight to survive–somewhere beyond the heavens! —-Battlestar Galactica Introduction 1978
Neb and I have a pseudo feud about Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. We grew-up watching both series on re-runs. One can only be so harsh while critiquing a shows that were originally broadcast in the 60’s and 80’s respectably.
Most of you are familiar with the mega successful franchise ST, ST MOVIES, STNG, ST Deep space 9, Enterprise. Unfortunately Battlestar Galactica was sabotaged by narrow-minded TV executives who favored blow-em up car chase shows like The A-Team. In time ST was revamped as STNG, it had a great cast and characters that made it an instant pop culture classic. BSG had to wait a bit longer before it got its chance in 2004. Screenwriter and producer, Ronald D. Moore, of STNG fame re-envisioned the series which had a huge following and critical support but much like the 1980’s series the fans were left in the cold by the network executives.
BSG is a tough series on people’s emotions. You have morally gray main characters. Genocide, terrorism, rape, destruction—every imaginable evil mankind can commit, so why all the rave reviews? because throughout the heartache there is always hope and that is always the first step to great things.
If humanity EVER reaches a utopian like society like that of Star Trek it will only be after going through a Battlestar Galactica Period–honestly looking at the world I say we are close to it.
Beyond all the pseudo-bickering I think one of the finest moments on sic-fi TV came from STNG season 5 episode 25, The Inner Light. I won’t do a spoiler because it’s one of those things you MUST see yourself.
Favor BSG or ST who cares in the end they both are about the same thing— who we are as a species and what we can accomplish.