I generally hate sci-fi without even seeing any of it. To listen to the queers, Poindexters and propeller heads talking about Star Wars or Star Trek makes me want to go scuttling back under my rock in Geek Forest. But if the subject were to come up, and I were to actually take part in the discussion…I’d tell the Star Warz nerds and the Trekkies to both get stuffed! The greatest sci-fi show was BSG!
The first one was unequivocally a kids’ show. If I recall it came out right after Star Wars and the original series had Lorne Greene in it. I was still a kid so I enjoyed most of it. The Ceylons ran around in rubber boots and hockey pads painted silver, and the special effects were first rate for their day. It was excellent space opera for a different age.
For the second version in the early 2000’s they took the series away from the little kids and gave it to the big ones. The plots were a little more grown up, the characters were given a little more complexity and the special effects were used to bolster the plot, not the other way around. I laughed like hell when the original actor that played Apollo … showed up as a nasty villain in the remake. Seeing him on the show was like seeing Lorne Greene in the original - it evoked much loved notes of nostalgia.
The role of Gaius Baltar changed too…he went from a flat cut-out villain to a magnificently played antagonist in the sequel. One never really knew whether to hate him or feel sorry for him.
Funny, how the thing just seemed to grow along with me. I’d heard some noise that a third rendition was in the works, but it fell apart because of Covid. It’s probly for the best. The older I get, the harder I find it to fall under the story teller’s spell. And today’s cinematographers, artists and writers? Gah…those guys ruin pretty much everything they put their hand to.
But back in the day…some truly ridiculous fun could be had.
For me Science Fiction as a you boy taught me to love reading. The books of Andrea Norton, Robert Heinlein and many others were a wonderful escape.ReplyDelete
There was a short lived spin off to the second BSG version about how Christianity was embraced by the robots being the actual inheritors of the 13th tribe or something. Humans had all but forgotten that part by the BSG main time. I actually thought the second version was far too woke and silly myself with too much liberal BS thrown in liking making Starbuck a chick. When it started sinking after they destroyed their own timeline they cut things so fast to end it I don't think the show runners even knew where it ended up.ReplyDelete
Yeah I saw that too and thought it was just the random crap that pops up periodically with Lefties and shitlibs. Those guys hate Christians with the heat of 1000 suns and I think it's largely because Christians can hold families and relationships together... and it makes them insane with jealousy.Delete
But whadda I know?
I think 'Firefly' has more to offer than BSG. Better writing and definitely more humor. But that is just my .02.ReplyDelete
Yeah that was a good one too, now that you mention it…I’d forgotten about it…Delete
There was also a spin-off called Caprica. Pretty good too.ReplyDelete
This reminded me of a show called Space: Above and Beyond from the 90's. I just googled it and there are full episodes on youtube. I'm 10 minutes in to the 1st one and it's sucked me right back in. Now I'll be re-watching the whole series. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I don't remember his Name, but I recall that the Actor who played the Villain in BSG was the one who played "Doctor Smith" in the T.V. Series Lost in Space.
And BSG was fairly good for T.V. SciFi at the Time.