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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Greetings from Earth” (Story 13)

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Adama is narrating his journal about how he feels they’re drawing closer to earth. Meanwhile, Starbuck and Apollo are on a long-range patrol, asleep in their cockpits. They wake in time to find a sub-light spacecraft of some sort adrift with what appear to be human life signs aboard. They haul it back to the Galactica.

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Tom DeSanto Talks About The Battlestar Galactica You Never Got To See

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Last week I showed you folks some test footage from the abortive Singer/DeSanto revival of Galactica from 2001/2002. That got me to poking around online, and I found this lengthy interview with DeSanto where he goes into great detail about the project, the cast, and his plans for it.

I have to say that what I knew about their revival didn't really wow me, but after hearing this, wow, my heart is breaking that I never got to see any of this stuff.

If you were ever a fan of TOG, you really need to watch this.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Murder on the Rising Star” (Story 12)

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A lot of people decry this episode as one of the weaker ones, but it’s also the one I’ve probably seen least from the series. In fact, I never saw it in its uncut entirety until I got the DVD set. Weak it may be, but it’s a whole lot better than “The Long Patrol” or “The Magnificent Warriors.” I’m up in the air about “The Young Lords.” That was pretty terrible all around, but the eye-popping production values make up for it.

Anyway:

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The Battlestar Galactica Revival You Never Got To See

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Back in 2000/2001 the Singer/DeSanto team went to Universal with a pitch to revive the Galactica franchise. Fresh off their success with "The X-Men," Singer was the golden child, and Universal loved the idea. The next thing you know, preproduction on a sequel - a continuation - of the original series.

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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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BOOK REVIEW: "Sometimes a Stupid Notion" (Part 2 of 3)

Welcome to part 2 of Flabbergasted's epic review of "Sometimes a Stupid Notion," the redemptive Battlestar Galactica novel.

Now, in general we don't touch Fanfic, and hyper-ambitious fanfic *novels* are right out for any number of reasons. Why are we covering this one? Because the ending of the RDM version of Galactica was so amazingly punch-you-in-the-face awful that it destroyed the entire series in retrospect, not just for me, but for at least a third of the people I've talked to about it.

An ending *THAT* bad - arguably "the worst ending in the history of television" as several people have convincingly argued - cries out for something or someone to try and fix it, to try and turn it into something that isn't just a slap in the face of the people who loved the show.

Something more than a betrayal. Since those who made the show honestly believe they made a good ending, they clearly aren't the ones to do it. Therefore, that leaves the fans...so in this one case we make an exception and review a fanfic novel.

Because it's good!

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BOOK REVIEW: "Sometimes a Stupid Notion" (2010)

This week we're going to try something kinda' exciting and new, to us anyway: A review of a Battlestar Galactica novel that *MAKES SENSE OF* the random, nonsensical, abrupt, unfulfilling, and basically stupid series finale. The review is very lengthy and detailed so we'll be breaking it into three parts.

Given that Galactica always starts out with a genocidal and unprovoked sneak attack, it seemed fitting to start out on Pearl Harbor day.

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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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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Fire in Space” (Story 9)

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Man, and I thought Quark was bad with the ripoffs! Sorry, “Hommages.” Galactica is pretty much nothing but! Ok, so the first and second stories were basically original, the third one was “Shane,” the fourth one was original, the fifth one was “The Guns of Navarone,” the sixth one was “The Magnificent Seven,” the seventh one was basically original (That creepy one with the kids), the eighth one was “Patton,” and now, now, now, we’re ripping off “The Towering Inferno.”

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