“I love revolutionaries who have the courage to stand up against the status quo. They’re always misunderstood, but they’re the ones who are standing up for human rights.” ~Richard Hatch
This is probably a strange place to do a memorial for an actor of a cult science fiction series. When I first watched re-runs Battlestar Galactica as a kid it was a campy, short-lived ( A pox on all the NBC executives that did not give the series a chance) show that many ERRONEOUSLY compared to a poor man’s Star wars.
BSG was and still again almost thirty years later, in an re-envisioned form, a nuanced show with a compelling story. The story was not a singular mission to crush some ridiculous bad guy in a cape, ok the show did have Robots that resembled toasters–a pejorative I don’t condone; it was at its core the story of humanity and its future. Richard Hatch’s character Captain Apollo was central to the story on the original late 70s series and reflected on social topics of the time such as single parenthood.
In the 2004 re-boot Series the story is the same humanity seeks a mythical world called earth after being attacked and constantly hunted by the killer Cylons, this time some made of flesh, again the series deals with contemporary topics, this time with a darker feel.
Richard Hatch returns, not as the idealistic warrior from the original series but as a Tom Zarek, a terrorist that eventually, for a short time, becomes President of what is left of humanity. Before you dismiss the plot as farfetched science fiction remember that in 2016 the American people elected a sociopathic fascist as President of the United States of America. His acting in the 2004 is far edgier than the original series and is a huge part in making it a widely successful reboot series.
Richard Hatch had a successful TV career but his work on BSG was his greatest achievement and I’m sure that it will live long in syndication, “SO SAY WE ALL,” yes a geek reference that you’ll have to watch the series to understand. RIP Richard.