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What is Battlestar Galactica?

Apollo, Adama,  Starbuck and the Galactica. Click to enlarge.On September 17, 1978, a new sci-fi epic from Glen A. Larson, Leslie Stevens and Donald P. Bellisario was broadcast on ABC-TV (U.S.). Titled Battlestar Galactica, the three hour television pilot (and movie picture release) starred Richard Hatch as Apollo, Lorne Greene as Adama and Dirk Benedict as Starbuck. A large supporting cast, incredible special effects and dramatic adventures made the show the most expensive ever of its day -- and one of the most beloved in the science fiction television genre. Over twenty episodes (with some being two-hour telemovies) were produced during the show's run. (An episode guide to Battlestar Galactica is available for viewing on this site.)

As Richard comments, "In my case, Battlestar Galactica was a milestone. It afforded me the opportunity to live out my childhood dreams and fantasies. Hurtling through space with reckless abandon, playing the dashing hero, battling Cylons, monsters and super-villains - what more could a man want? During the almost one year filming, the cast and crew became very good friends. When you consider the fact that we worked six days a week and up to almost 16 hours a day, I find it amazing that there were no major fights or disagreements between anyone."

"All in all, I feel proud and honored to have been a part of such a fun and highly entertaining show. Glen Larson is to be commended for his visionary story of a rag-tag fleet in search of a mythical planet called Earth. I still feel that our story is no more a rip-off of Star Wars than a western film is derivative of every other western film. Our show was inspired by Star Wars, but it definitely had its own unique characters' flavor and point of view."

Click to enlarge!"I personally love the story. Star Wars blew me away, the universal theme of good vs. evil is always compelling, but the story of humankind's search of its ancient heritage struck an even more powerful chord within me. I believe down deep inside us all we are asking the universal question of who we are; where did we come from; how did we evolve?"

Sadly, the show lasted a mere one season (1978-79). Executive producer Glen A. Larson stated in Starlog #36 that, "[Galactica] had either the good fortune or the bad fortune to be on the most successful schedule in the history of television. In the ABC schedule last year, literally every show was in the 40's. That was just phenomenal. Galactica was canceled with a position of 24th in the top 100 shows, according to Cashbox's annual sweepstakes lineup. We happened to be on a network that misinterpreted how competitive, how tough the eight o'clock time slot was on Sunday night."

A "sequel" series, Galactica 1980 (which Richard declined to participate in), aired in 1980 and lasted a mere six episodes. Most fans do not consider the show as "canon" to the Battlestar Galactica universe.

However, Battlestar Galactica continued to live in the hearts and minds of fans worldwide. Between reruns, videotapes, fan fiction, fan clubs, fan conventions, Internet web sites and word of mouth, the Battlestar Galactica universe remains a strong presence with sci-fi/adventure fans. And the series is poised for a major comeback to continue the adventures of the wayward Colonials, courtesy of Vivendi Universal and Studios USA.

Current Overview

The science fiction entertainment classic, Battlestar Galactica, remains a fan favorite worldwide after twenty+ yahrens. We're proud to have brought you news, information and updates on the planned revival of this show by Richard. And we truly appreciate all of the continued support. Thank you!!

  • At the time of this writing, Tom DeSanto was slated to bring back the show as a new television series by StudiosUSA. Richard shared his thoughts in a 23.June.2001 update.
  • Richard's fifth Battlestar Galactica novel, "Paradise," is being released in mid-2003. Autographed editions are available for purchase! Richard's other Battlestar novels, "Armageddon," "Warhawk," "Resurrection" and "Rebellion" are also available for purchase.

Apollo (Richard Hatch) in his Viper cockpit, from the Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming trailer. Copyright 1998, 1999 Su-Shann Productions. All rights reserved. The Trailer
Richard starred as Captain Apollo in the original series, and has authored numerous Battlestar Galactica comic books and novels. In 1999, he finished a professional film trailer as a part of his business presentations to bring back Battlestar Galactica.

Titled Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, the trailer has also been shown at various personal appearances. We regret we are unable to show the trailer online, or sell it, due to Screen Actor Guild (S.A.G.) considerations. It is an adrenalin-pumping, nostalgia-inducing production which taps deeply into the Galactica universe, twenty yahrens since the series ended. It remains true to the original themes of the show, and features various cast members whom were available for the filming. It has championed the wishes of fans worldwide. And Richard has been recognized by fans as the heart and soul behind Battlestar Galactica's return.




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