Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) with a Tellarite cudgel, a trophy acquired in the grandest traditions of European cultural appropriation made manifest on the Final Frontier. (“The Escape Artist”, STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS 2019)

Words are not to be feared—only weighed, measured and found wanting the proper context. (TW: Words. Pronouns. Vulgarity.)

“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)…


All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again, as long as there’s money in it!

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…


Zombies trading part and parcels of their lives. Photo by Jens Johnsson on Unsplash

Over 50 years earlier, we were warned about the destruction of both reason and ethics with pervasive technology. Science fiction just missed the mark on how willingly we allowed it into our lives.

Imagine a world where technology allows you to view the inner most thoughts, feelings, and desires of those around you.

Or don’t.

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…


(Photo Credit: IGN)

Testing people is not only important, it’s a vital life lesson.

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?

Most of us do not have this fortune, obviously. Neither did the fictional character Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation, who had to be stabbed in the heart


As told by an idiot with sound and fury, signifying a reflection of sci-fi’s need for fan service and failure to learn from its checkered past.

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. …


Fan art, believed circa 2003, depicting the “sex change” of the “Starbuck” character in Ron Moore’s “Battlestar Galactica.” Artist: Unknown

Toxic fandom was created by man. It returned “home” to roost sixteen years ago, and we’ve been fighting it ever since.

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’s take on “Patton in space” aired 41 yahrens ago on ABC.

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. …


Photo by Kyle Hanson on Unsplash

Addressing FOMO’s black sheep sibling. The one nobody either talks about or to — not even during the Hoildays. FO-HO-FO.

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…


Even bit players have their own personal stories interwoven into their works.

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.

However, there was something deeper in his performance that sold the situation’s…


Chief Galen Tyrol (Aaron Douglas) reveals that the uniquely created Blackbird is named in honor of Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s “Flight of the Phoenix.” (Credit: Carole Segal / NBC)

A quick primer on the Blackbird itself as we await the model’s 2020 release from Eaglemoss Collections Ltd.—just in time to celebrate that ship’s 15th anniversary.

“Oh, you’re much too modest. After what we’ve been through, it would be very easy to give up, to lose hope. But not here. Not today. This is more than a ship, Chief. This is an act of faith. It is proof that despite all we’ve lost, we keep trying. And we will get through this, all of us, together. I promise.” — Laura Roslin, “Flight of the Phoenix

As collectors in Battlestar Galactica fandom prepare for the arrival of the Blackbird model from Eaglemoss Collections Ltd., here are a few notable facts regarding this ship from Battlestar canon:

Joe Beaudoin Jr.

Battlestar enthusiast who happens to know enough about BATTLESTAR GALACTICA to make himself cry. Also known as the project leader of BATTLESTARWIKI.org.

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