Great website. I am definitely going to save it as a favorite.

I also want to applaud you on the overall quality of the website. Your site is simple to understand and navigate, quick to load, and logically laid out. You wisely avoided the trap that too many website creators fall into, who think that they have to create ridiculously fancy pages with tons of java scripts all over the place and stupid animated graphics splashed around that do nothing but make the pages take forever to load. Your site was a dream to load, and a dream to read. And it just plain looked great. Kudos to you.

Greg McCausey

Thanks, Greg!

I've seen most of the Galactica sites out there, and I wanted to do something different. Besides, I'm rather new to HTML, so any attempt at fancy imagery would probably look lame compared to the other sites, anyway. Whatever visual punch this site lacks I'm hoping will be compensated for by the incredible wealth of information and the quick loading time of each page.


Hi John and and fellow BSG fans,

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon Richard Hatch's website and oh well, you've all heard of the domino effect. I've bounced around BSG websites until I'm cross-eyed. I was thrilled to find the BG list and just recently joined. By the Lords of Kobal, I had no idea that Battlestar Galactica was still held so close to the heart by so many people. I'm impressed! I can't tell you how grateful I am to have wandered into this quadrant of the web! First, let me say thanks to John and those of you that have kept Battlestar Galactica alive through your websites. I appreciate it...Because of the hard work of people like yourselves, I've found that my old love of BSG was still alive and well. I even drug out an old dusty box of fanfic I wrote about 10-15 years ago.

Well, I've spent the last 2 hours at your site, John. Love the Missing Scenes section, I'm going back to them after I post this note. Though I'm new to BSG web sites, I have seen several that have really impressed me and yours is one of them. It is different and I hope you keep adding more. Keep up the good work!

Paula

It really is amazing that a show that only lasted one season could have this large a following twenty years later. You can be sure that no other one-season show has transcended the way Battlestar Galactica has. Although it really is sad that the show was canceled so soon, what better testament to Battlestar Galactica's greatness? It really proves that all the critics and naysayers were wrong.


I *finally* got a chance to read all of the BSG Missing Scenes. Many thanks for finding and posting them!

I really recommend that everyone click over and read them. Very interesting and a lot of fun.

Most of them don't change much of the story line or characterizations, except for Athena. She was obviously originally conceived as a much more feisty young woman than she ended up being portrayed. Also, she and Apollo were not exactly loving brother and sister. They get in each other's face more often than not. Which makes for a much more interesting situation and a much more appealing character, particularly when they are arguing over fleet business and/or their father. Drama gets awfully undramatic when all of the characters like and support each other all of the time. (For proof of this, watch Voyager. What does it say when the most interesting character in the series is a hologram?)

To see the pure-hero (Apollo) confronted forcefully by someone as closely related as his sister gives both of them a deeper dimension. Too bad that wasn't carried out in the actual eps.

One of the things that has always puzzled me in WotG is how Starbuck shows up when Apollo is sneaking off the return to the planet where they found Iblis and when Apollo says, "You don't understand what's going on," Starbuck replies, "Maybe more than you think."

The missing scenes helps explain Starbuck's unexplained insights into the Count. In the scene on board the Rising Star when Apollo and Sheba go off to dance and Starbuck and Iblis are talking, Starbuck says, "I think I might like this place you're from." The scene ends there.

But in the missing scene script, it continues, with Starbuck ending up saying something like, "Gee, we could get to be good friends." and Iblis replying, "More than that. Soon you will call me Lord." (Paraphrasing here) That was probably a mistake on Iblis' part. He might not have realized that Starbuck doesn't loosly give his loyalty to anybody, particularly to the point of reverence and deference that would have him calling anybody "Lord."

He deeply respects the Commander, but is not afraid to contradict him when the situation warrants it (in Starbuck's mind, anyway), and he is respectful to Tigh, again within limits. So Iblis' comment probably touched off Starbuck's "This guy is egotistical to the hilt" meter. It seems like it set the stage for Starbuck's ability to scope out Iblis's intentions if not his true nature.

Fran

I think you've made some good comments about the early characterization of Athena. It's too bad those scenes were dropped from the final cut of the pilot (for which over 6 hours of footage had been shot). After the pilot, Athena's character was quickly relegated to the background (probably due to Maren Jensen's inexperience in acting). The only other episode that gives her character any depth is The Long Patrol.

As for War Of The Gods, Iblis already tipped off both Starbuck and Apollo as to his true intentions when he threatened to kill Apollo in the Triad court in part one. When Iblis says to Starbuck that he will soon be his lord, Starbuck probably became more aware of just how close Iblis was to taking over, and thus went out of his way to make sure he went with Apollo back to the red planet to try to discover Iblis' true origins.


I stumbled upon your webpage and you had mentioned that the video "The Return Of Starbuck" is available from Good Times Video. I am heavily interested in trying to acquire this video and I would appreciate it if you could direct me to the right place to purchase it. I am a big fan of BG and I agree that "Galactica 1980" is not a good series, but I would love to have this video anyway.

Please help me!! Thank you very much. I appreciate it!!!!

Regards,

Kenneth Lee

The video may no longer be available. But if you are interested in buying the video, it is available at a video store called Neet-O-Rama at 93 W. Main St, Somerville, NJ 08876. Their phone number is (908) 722-4600. You can also contact them at www.neetstuff.com. It is important to know that the official title of the video is simply "Battlestar Galactica", not Galactica 1980 or The Return Of Starbuck. You need to be careful so you don't accidently get the original pilot movie. It has a red orange box.

John


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