Happy Birthday Battlestar Galactica!

Thirty Two years ago today, ABC rocked the house with the first-ever airing of Battlestar Galactica.  Killer robots, thrusting spaceships and Lorne Green’s toupe would forever change my world.  It also marked the official start of the 25 year countdown to Ron Moore’s epic re-imagining of the series, which breathed new life into the Galactica franchise and showed the world that you can take science fiction seriously. So, on this fine Friday evening, why not grab a friend (Cylon or otherwise) and tip a glass of Ambrosia in honor of Glen Larson’s little wagon train to the stars that could.

12 Responses to “Happy Birthday Battlestar Galactica!”

  1. September 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    One of the great events in TV history, only like many great things it lived fasted, and died to early.

  2. September 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long.

    Good to hear from you again, Mojo. Was starting to worry.

  3. September 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    It may not have continued, but it will always be there.

  4. 4 James
    September 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    He returns! Welcome back Mojo! I’ll never forget seeing the THEATRICAL presentation of the pilot episode in SENSURROUND(TM)as an eight year old kid in Houston! It included the Baltar execution scene, where John Colicos is beheaded with a sword by a Cylon Centurion (with a quick cut-away at the critical last second)! I still like the original viper design more than the the Mark II or the Mark VII from the new series.

  5. 5 Boris
    September 18, 2010 at 3:32 am

    “Every creature in the universe is out to exterminate us, and you want to hire a vocal group?”

  6. 6 Boris
    September 19, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Now, why am I suddenly thinking of this song in connection with oBSG?

  7. 7 episode73
    September 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Let’s hope we see a Motion Picture BSG in our lifetime!

  8. 8 Robert
    September 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

    WOAH!!! You ARE alive!

    Can we expect more or are you going to just throw us a bone every 6 months??

  9. 9 CenturionTerminator
    September 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Back in the fall of 1978, I watched the premiere of BSG with my family. I was a freshman in high school then. And I watched every single episode on ABC each Sunday night. Yes, it was a bit cheesy. But it was entertaining. It was better than most of the Star Wars imitations during the latter half of the 1970’s.
    Years later, I would affectionately post a few cheese jokes about BSG on the Syfy Forums. (Languatron attacked me for it.) But make no mistake. It does have warm place in my heart. It will always be a part of my childhood (just like the original Batman show).
    Of course, I enjoyed Moore’s re-imagined version. It was great to see Richard Hatch (the original Captain Apollo) play a prominent role in the new series.
    It’s been quite a ride for 25 years! (BTW, it’s nice to see you again Mojo.)

  10. September 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Who all remembers what interrupted the pilot, two-thirds of the way through? At least on the East Coast it did.

  11. 11 machf
    October 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I watched it at the movies around here…
    And I remember that beltbuckle, but I got the other one:

    Still wear it, BTW.

  12. February 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Hey Mojo —

    Wasn’t sure how best to reach you, but wanted to make sure you saw this, just released:


    Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume 154
    Date: 1978
    Tracks: 42
    Time = 76:06

    World premiere release of complete Stu Phillips soundtrack from 3-hour pilot episode of costly, spectacular Universal sci-fi series…. Stu Phillips supervised new digital mixes at Universal and editing sessions at Intrada, producing this definitive CD presentation of his landmark and justifiably famous score. Stu Phillips conducts Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. First volume in series, released as part of Intrada Special Collection and limited to 3000 copies!

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