Well, another year has passed. In fact, this blog is just over five years old now. And last year was the fortieth anniversary of BSG 1977, while this year, it’s the turn of the actual show.
You’d think that, after all that time, there wouldn’t be much to talk about. Yet, in the past year, there’s been quite a lot. I kicked off with an analysis of Fort Galactica, a revival idea from the early 1990’s. With invaluable information and renders from Jim Brown and Daryl Wofford, the creators of Fort Galactica, I was able to compile a good overview of how their proposed pilot and series would have turned out.
Next up was Galactica 1980, a show still reviled among many fans, but gaining acceptance with others. I looked at the unfilmed scripts and how they may have affected the direction of the show. Scott Young, one of the co-writers of The Wheel Of Fire, commented on Facebook about his script and clarified some of the issues surrounding productions numbers. I hope that he is able to post his revised draft of the screenplay for this episode, although I haven’t seen anything more since.
In the main TV show, a number of BSG’s characters disappeared mid-season, so I had a dig around to see if they turned up elsewhere. I also had a look at the original reptilian Cylons, seen only in the Experiment In Terra telemovie. Following on from this, I posted about the Cylons in the Berkley novels and how they not only differentiated from their TV counterparts, but also how they were more like the original concept. Talking of which, the Marvel Super Special and comic series also retained elements of the early ideas for the show, including a greater role for the Ovions. Lyra was also still in the MSS, although that was corrected in the later comics.
The year ended with the recovery of one of the last BSG publications, the French comics published in Télé-Junior. I have done a few posts on these and hope to finish Volume 1 in the next few weeks, work and other commitments permitting. Here’s hoping another busy year!