If, like me, you're a young baby-boomer or older GenX-er, and you're a scifi geek, you probably watched the original Battlestar Galactica in the late 1970s. And, if you've been under a rock for the past year, or so, you may have missed SciFi Channel's reimagination of Galactica. The first full season just wound up, with not only a kick-ass story but one that paid homage to the original.
In the original, Galactica was not the only Battlestar; it was joined in a memorable episode by the Pegasus, commanded by Admiral Cain--played by Lloyd Bridges, who (for you trivia buffs) was in the running to play James Kirk in the original Star Trek. The new Galactica reworks this scenario, with a few intriguing twists:
- Cain is now played by Michelle Forbes (Star Trek: The Next Generation's Ro Laren and Global Frequency's Miranda Zero)
- The Pegasus is a newer, bigger ship, not just a twin of Galactica; by comparison, the Galactica looks one or two generations behind
- Cain is still a megalomaniac, but now she's got officers who try to rape a Cylon prisoner onboard Galactica; two Galactica officers defend her, killing a Pegasus officer in the process
And the big finish? Cain rushes through a court-martial (offscreen) and sentences the two Galactica officers to death--forcing Galactica's Commander Adama to send his own marines in to rescue his men.
Now, of course, I'll have to wait several months until the season two premiere; fortunately, there's plenty of other geek TV to keep me occupied...