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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 3

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Welcome to our special, unaccustomed, Wednesday edition of "Retrospeculative TV," in which we take your quest for the knowledge of arcane pop culture, and punish you by not letting you go until you've smoked the entire box right in front of us, and get all sick and stuff...Because it's Classic Battlestar Galactica Week!

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 2

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Welcome To "Pointlessly Long Reviews Of Battlestar Galactica Week" here on Republibot. Sit down, pour yourself a drink, and prepare for some eyestrain, because this ain't gonna' end any time soon. (Friday isn't too soon, is it?) If you didn't read part 1, you may want to check that out before you jump in here.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 1

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Welcome to Classic Battlestar Galactica Week here on Republibot, and our super-special edition of Retrospeculative TV, the column in which we take 30 year old piece-of-crap TV shows that no one cares about, and treat them as if they were brand-spanking-new piece of crap TV shows that no one cares about. It was only a matter of time until we got to the original Galactica, now wasn’t it? Last week, we set this up, and now we get into it:

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978/79): Prolog

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We’re trying to do shows here on Retrospeculative TV that had a huge influence on us as younger folk, and checking to see how they hold up. Essentially we’re treating them as if they’re new, and subjecting them to the same rigors we use on modern shows. The only real criteria here is that they have to be more than a decade old and, ideally, have impacted us in some forceful way, but we want to stay away from the really popular, legendary shows. Why?

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: "Battlestar Galactica: Brothers Of Man."

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Back on President's Day, Syfy ran a mini-marathon of the original "V" series from the 80s. It's a much maligned show, and deservedly so. My own memories of it were that it was of a sub-Man From Atlantis level of crap. I ended up watching the original TV Movie (1983), however, and was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was. It didn't really play out like an SF show, but an open allegory about Fascism and Scapegoating. It was like a good Playhouse 90 episode, or a superattenuated Twilight Zone.

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Yet Another Spinoff?

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Syfy exec Mark Stern recently announced that the network may be seeking a second spinoff to the memorable, influential, buzz worthy, but ultimately not-very-good “Battlestar Galactica” series. This hypothetical series would be “Space Based” and possibly “Not a traditional series,” whatever that means.

So let’s have some irresponsible speculation as to what that means:

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: "Battlestar Galactica: The 14th Colony" (2005?)

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Half a decade ago, I stumbled across mention of a fan film project called "Battlestar Galactica: The 14th Colony." Eventually, I found the trailer for the project, which revealed very little about it, but it did make it clear that it was a continuation of the 1978 Galactica, and probably a reaction to the RDM Galactica to some extent. The tag line was "Some Still Believe..." which certainly makes one think that, anyway.

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ROUNDTABLE: Your Own Private Battlestar

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Welcome to the Republibot Roundtable, the feature in which people you’ve never heard of (Like me!) discuss things you don’t care about! (Like Battlestar Galactica). Our guests today are MOATMAI, a German reporter and cartoonist; Neorandomizer, a frequent contributing writer to our site, and of course our old buddy Church, who occasionally contributes reviews. Thanks for being here, guys! QUESTION # 1:

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God in Science Fiction: Evangelism or Idolatry?

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I believe in God. This is a somewhat unpopular stance in a geek like myself. Secular humanism is generally the order of the day in SF, but, of course, if I was content to follow the herd, I wouldn’t be head writer for this site, would I? Suffice to say, however, that given the obvious rationalist bent of the genre as a whole, religion was kind of a taboo for most of its history.

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