“The Galactica You Didn’t Get To See!”

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In the lean years between Battlestar Galactica and Battlestar Galactica, Richard Hatch (Not the gay one, the other one) attempted a revival attempt of the original show on his own. The idea was that it was 30 years later, Apollo was now commander, and the fleet hadn’t seen any Cylons since “The Hand of God.” Suddenly, they turn up again. The project was called “Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming.” To promote it, he shot a five-minute trailer at Dragon Con in Atlanta, involving many of the original actors, and spiffy (for the time) new effects. Unfortunately, he didn’t own the rights (Universal does), and he was violating about a zillion SAG rules in doing this, so he only showed it at conventions, and has been very scrupulous about *Not* showing it online. In years and years of hunting for it, this is the only copy I’ve found, and it’s of pretty crappy camera-phone quality. Submitted for your approval, a glimpse of *one* of the several Galactica revival projects that were stillborn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLvHK-hOJKo

I realize it’s trendy to diss the original Galactica, but in fact it’s a better show than you probably remember (With some admittedly embarrassing bits), and I have to admit seeing the late great John Colicos in the trailer put a tiny lump in my throat and a great big pile of anger in my heart that this didn’t get made. And now it never will, and Count Baltar of Orion’s story will never be concluded.

Ah well.

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