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Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979)
The leaders of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are making plans to sign a peace treaty with their mortal enemies, the Cylon Empire. On the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons betray the pact and destroy most of the Colonies and their entire fleet. Under the command of Commander Adama, the battlestar Galactica leads the remaining Colonial ships into space and seeks out a lost thirteenth colony, which turns out to be Earth. Along the way, the Colonials encounter various races (both friendly and hostile), the legendary human warrior Commander Cain, and the planet Kobol, the motherworld of all the Colonies. All the while, the Cylons - under the command of human traitor Count Baltar - closely pursue this fugitive fleet across the universe.
I remember loving this show as a kid. It reminded me of Star Wars. Space fighting, pretty girls, handsome guys, robots, good and evil were offered up every week. For me, it was Saturdays, so I am thinking these were reruns. I like Starbuck and Apollo, but especially enjoyed the strong female characters of Athena and Cassiopeia. This show stayed with me to adulthood so when reincarnations bubbled up I was always excited to participate in the fun. There were several including my next entry….
Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009)
It's been 40 years since the 12 colonies of mankind have heard from their progeny, the Cylons -- robotic creatures who rose up and declared war on their masters, then disappeared. In a sudden, devastating strike, the Cylons return and lay waste to the colonies, aided by human-looking Cylon variants and an unwitting fifth columnist. The attack forces Commander William Adama to call into action his museum-piece warship, the Battlestar Galactica, and soon its company of hotshot fighter pilots is blasting away at the invaders. But their best efforts can't prevent the colonies' obliteration. Fleeing the Cylon genocide, the Galactica leads a rag-tag fleet of survivors on a lonely quest to find humanity's fabled 13th colony -- a planet known as Earth. Written by John Colicos #6
A reimagining of the original series with some dramatic tweaks and interesting changes. To compare the two would be unfair. This series was brilliant, revered and brought back good, enthralling sci-fi. One of the best moves they made was switching genders for the character Starbuck. Really love what happened, the arches it provided and the agnst between the two friends. Both actors, Jamie Bamber & Katee Sackhoff were brilliant in their portrayal and I believe never got enough creidt. To extend that point the entire cast was amazing, truly no little parts in this show all were essential to the creation of the universe and drama. If you have not watched, and you are a sci-fi fan I highly recommend the binge.
You can find Battlestar Galatica on Hulu and Amazon
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981)
In 1987, NASA astronaut William "Buck" Rogers is caught in a freak accident in deep space, causing his space shuttle Ranger 3 to be blown into an orbit that returns him to Earth - over 500 years later. The combination of gases that freezes him comes close to the formula commonly used in the 25th century for preservation, and his rescuers are able to revive him. In 2491, when Buck awakens from the freezing, Earth is recovering from a nuclear war and is coming under hostile attack by the Draconian Empire. In the second season, Buck has been assigned aboard the Searcher, a starship exploring the unknown reaches of space while searching for former Earth colonies that are scattered across the galaxy. Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
This was another Saturday afternoon-evening show for me growing up. I had forgotten all about it until I started creating this list. The main theme of the show was…well…spandex? Seriously, I was under the impression the future would include a lot of spandex. Thankfully, this has not been proven to be the case…not yet any way.
Another Sci-Fi classic television series, I remember the evil princess in love with Buck, the robot Twiki (voiced by the famed Mel Blanc and unsung Hollywood legend Felix Silla), the cool Hawk sidekick, and again a strong female character, Colonel Wilma Deering showing Buck the ropes of the new world. Gil Gerard had a devilishly handsome smile that even a 7 year old could recognize.
Unfortunately for all of us, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is currently only available on DVD and (gasp) VHS!
That is all for this episode, see you next week for my next list of Badass B Television Shows!
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