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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica: “The Hand of God” (Story 17, Series Finale)

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I’m tired. I’m a worn out kind of tired. I’m not sure why. The rest of these Galactica reviews were done months ago, but the wind went out of my sails after “Experiment in Terra.” That was a good enough episode, so we can’t blame it on that. “Take the Celestra” should have been a good episode, but coming on the big conclusion to the ’Terra’ arc, it felt like the train had lost an axle, you know? And here we are with the surprisingly glum, slow, and lifeless season/series finale.

BEHIND THE SCENES

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “The Man With Nine Lives” (Story 11)

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Man, I’ve got to write these things shorter. Granted, the last Galactica ep had a ton of important stuff in it to cover, but still it ran seven pages! I’ve got to find a way to do these things without killing myself or my fingers.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “War of the Gods” (Story 10)

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With this episode, Galactica suddenly figures out what it is, and what it wants to be. Up to this point, the show has been scrambling to make deadlines, and just throwing crap on the air without much thought. Suddenly they start planning ahead, settling in for a long haul, which never materialized. Suddenly they’re taking major chances, stepping away from things that have been over done, and exploring the unique potential of the series in ways that even the RDM Galactica series never did.

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B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “The Black Hole” (1979)

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Happy Armistice Day!

As you’ll probably notice, “The Saturday Afternoon B-Movie Crapfest” is now simply the “B-Movie Crapfest.” This is because producing seven days worth of material, plus current show reviews has frankly burned me out. So I’m doing this feature when possible, and it’ll run on weekdays now. Just so you’ll know.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “The Living Legend, Parts 1 and 2” (Story 8)

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Glen Larsen likes to rip people off. If a story works, grab it, it's all just TV after all, right? Nothing to get upset about. This time out, he rips off Patton, but the writers take a freer hand with it than usual, so the story warps and wanes and goes in its own direction. If one wasn't immediately aware of this, one need go no further than to listen to the music.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Silent Running” (1972)

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It is the future! The year 2008! In this far distant tomorrow which took place two years ago, the earth has been completely defoliated. Such nature as remains has been relegated to some habitats on six huge American Airlines space freighters, orbiting Saturn. It’s an amazingly expensive, horribly boring undertaking, so fortunately all of that takes place offscreen before the movie begins. The bad news? Joan Baez sings.

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