On September 17, 1978, ABC television first aired “Battlestar Galactica” and in doing so (damn them), sealed my fate. Ever since then I’ve had a special place in my heart for the show and, for reasons still unclear, my enthusiasm for the beast simply will not wane. For a while there, being a Galactica fan was something you kept to yourself (even the Star Wars and Star Trek fans looked down on us), but, thanks to Ron Moore, BSG fans can once again wear their T-shirts proudly and in public. To help celebrate this auspicious occasion, I’ve dusted off a rare piece of Galactica memorabilia that each and every one of you can download and enjoy on this special day…
Very much in the style of The Story of Star Wars record album, Universal released the lesser known Saga of Battlestar Galactica. With a narration by Lorne Greene, it’s essentially an edited version of the audio from the pilot. Although presented in mono, the sound is clear and crisp and somewhat of a rarity. For many years I’ve had a sealed copy, which I decided to finally open and share on this, the 31st anniversary of the series. And, just to prove I really had a fresh, unopened copy, I made this “unboxing” video with my new best friend, Senor iPhone:
As I mentioned in the video, perhaps the most inexplicable thing about this album is the use of the Matel toy imagery – the front cover Cylon is a picture of the less-than-menacing (and less-than-Cylon-looking) 12″ action figure, and the inner gatefold artwork features the “Colonial Scarab,” a toy of a ship that never even appeared on the show (come to think of it, we should have built a CG version of it and featured it somewhere in the new series. Oh well, maybe I’ll give Bryan Singer a call, heh heh).
While the audio content of the album itself offers few surprises (ok, no surprises), the liner notes are quite extensive and contain some excellent behind-the-scenes info. The notes begin on this image of the back cover, and continue with the gatefold image below it (click for the super-large, readable versions):
Finally, of course, are the audio files of the album itself. Since the vinly was in mint condition, no cleanup was needed. Also, the album is in mono, so the digital files are half the size you would normally expect (did I hear a cheer from the dial-up crowd?):
Before we wrap up this special anniversary salute, I’d like to ask you, my loyal Darth Mojo readers – what were you doing when the pilot originally aired in 1978? (and yes, I know many of you are already contemplating leaving a comment like “in 1978 I was swimming around my dad’s nutsac!” so you can just skip it). Assuming you were alive and have any memory of the day, let us know what you remember!