The dubious, one-season 1978 CE science fiction cult classic, Battlestar Galactica, differs from most science fiction of decade. This difference, where advocates purport the show to be “about family,” seems to be a recurring argument used by both its apologist fanatics and scathing critics. Writer Harlan Ellison® noted this facet succinctly by his coining of this disparaging titular portmanteau—Battlestar Ponderosa—connecting two of the then-popular Lorne Greene-lead productions together across two seemingly disparate television genres.
With that particular “family friendly” note in mind, I created the following social media post to tie into Mother’s Day:
“In our century, we’ve learned not to fear words.” — Lt. Uhura of the 23rd century, “The Savage Curtain”
In the dysfunctional 32nd century papier-mâché future depicted by Star Trek: Discovery, somehow the Federation’s denizens have either regressed from or never fully adopted this cultural affectation. As with any fish-out-of-water story, the crew of this misbegotten Discovery find that they themselves are as anachronistic as their 23rd century ideals.
A polarizing, inexorable cultural clash “climaxes” in Star Trek: Discovery’s mid-season “The Sanctuary”: Adira Tal, an expat from a regressed and xenophobic Earth (a “futuristic” Westernized simulacrum of 2020 CE’s Earth)…
Buoyed by Katee Sackhoff’s appearance in “The Mandalorian,” intellectually challenged click-bait sites began regurgitating nonsense “news” bits, asking all unimportant questions such as, “Has Anyone Contacted Katee Sackhoff About The Revival,” “Is it a Reboot or a Continuation,” “Everything We Don’t Know About Battlestar, But We’re Demonstrating our Ignorance as a Listicle,” and, you know, septic system filler of its ilk.
Makes you think Uncle Harlan had it right when he said, “With the Internet, the greatest disseminator of bad data and bad information the universe has ever known, it’s become impossible to trust any news from any source at…
Imagine a world where technology allows you to view the inner most thoughts, feelings, and desires of those around you.
Even if your imagination has long since atrophied, do not succumb to either FOMO (or FOFO): you’re using such technology now to read this screed, and you’re sharing it on a network backed by its kin—in a degenerate attempt to make mockery of it to soothe your self-denial.
You’re seething now, aren’t you? Good. Maybe that is the whale’s cry of hope you’re reacting to. One can only pray that you act on that.
Moving on to important…
There’s nothing wrong with testing people, particularly when society dictates that you must interact with people in all areas of life. If you believe that you have a choice in this, you are sorely and sadly mistaken.
Let’s focus on work. If you’re extremely fortunate, you’re able to control your own destiny and cultivate your own crew of people, as one would a fine wine. Perhaps Chateau Picard, vintage 2386?
If you believe Glen Larson, Galactica 1980 originated from an impassioned letter that he wrote to all three networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS), advocating for a television movie to conclude Battlestar Galactica. It was a course of action the venerable television titan had never before undertaken. …
Battlestar Galactica had been the blueprint for members of a fandom to rail against, well, anything to date. How fitting is it that, on both the eve of the final installment of Disney’s Star Wars trilogy and the 16th anniversary of the hotly-contested BSG re-imagining, we re-examine such things.
A brief history lesson: Battlestar Galactica died an inglorious death in 1979 due to cost overruns and various other over-promises, only to be reconstructed into a low-budget version of itself in 1980 that met a similar fate, and leading to its languishing in limbo until the late 1990s. Using the mythical…
Battlestar Galactica was a “hit or miss” proposition at the best of times. Sweeping — well, swiped anyway—themes proliferated the series during its short single yahren existence on 1978–79's ABC.
Pitched to writing partners Jim Carlson and Terrence McDonnell as “[George S.] Patton in space” by Don Bellisario, their first two acts became both the basis for “The Living Legend” and for being hired as Story Editors on the beleaguered series. After all, it quickly became apparent that Story Editors were needed, given that they could only pull from so many novels and movies before it became trite. …
Much to my chagrin, I’ve suffered from the Fear of Fucking Off™ (FOFO) my entire life. I have a love-hate relationship with it as it’s part of my own personality, and one that I’m trying to reconcile.
To begin, I’ve been classified as a “Millennial” (persons born between 1981 to 1996 C.E.) by the fine folks at the Pew Research Center, and thus grew up during the cusp of the Internet.
For greater context, I was that nerd who reformatted those free AOL floppy disks so that I store my writings on. After AOL caught on to that, I was…
I barely thought about John Mann until today.
Upon waking this morning, I came across this Twitter post by the Battlestar Galactica Museum that shared the sad news of Mann’s passing at age 57:
Now who is John Mann, and what did he do?
Well, my sole recollection of him is his role of battlestar Galactica’s squadron commander who gets blown away by Cylons in the Miniseries. He didn’t have much more to do than that, aside from offering standard dialogue to help move the story along.