Updated December 20, 2001

Hi,

Visited Sheba's Galaxy tonight and am very impressed!!! One could spend more than just a few hours here! I especially like the section on unproduced scripts for both Battlestar GALACTICA and GALACTICA 1980. A few of those scripts would have generated some very good- and interesting- episodes! The Wheel of Fire is a great example!

Love your attention to GALACTICA 1980. The images are great- especially of Robin Douglass. The show had great potential . . . if Glen Larson had been given free reign to create and explore, I'm sure we would have been graced with many fantastic seasons of GALACTICA 1980. There aren't many sites or many fans which/who don't react with contempt at the mere mention of GALACTICA 1980 . . . I have many fond memories of Sundays nights back in Chicago, gathering with friends for our weekly GALACTICA 1980 pot luck . . .

Thanks again! I love what you've done with Sheba's Galaxy and will return!

Kerry

Fond memories of Galactica 1980? That's... interesting. To be honest, I quickly forgot about Galactica 1980. In the mid-80s when WOR-TV aired the Galactica reruns, I remember thinking, "Didn't they eventually find Earth? Where are those episodes?" For the longest time, the only parts of Galactica 1980 that I could remember were "The Return of Starbuck" episode (barely) and little Starla hurling that baseball five miles high!


Hey John,

I'm trying to figure out the buttons on the control stick of the vipers. One is to fire, one is turbo, and the third says IM. I thought this was used for reverse thrusters. A friend of mine says it's for time travel. What's the button for??

Chris

It may have been used for time travel in Galactica 1980. As for its use in the original series, it was actually used for... uh... well... Don't you have any easy questions I can answer?


Good Morning,

Firstly, I must say that I love your site. I've been a huge fan of BSG since I first starting watching it on BBC2 here in the UK countless years ago. There are a lot of sites out there that deal with certain aspects of the show, but I think yours certainly has the best episode guides, especially with the missing/not written scripts.

I have one small question though, if you don't mind me asking.

In your write up on the novelisation of Battlestar Galactica, you list the differences between the film/series and the books. Good stuff, but you mention (and I quote):

"The Colonial warfleet has five Battlestars, not twelve. The fleet apparently had many other kinds of warships besides Battlestars."

The question is, where did you get your information from about there being twelve Battlestars? A lot of people mention this, but out of my hundreds of hours watching the show too, I have never found a reference to any amount of Battlestars. The Unofficial Encyclopaedia Galactica lists 12 Battlestars, one per colony, although there is no evidence for this, and Glen Larson is reported to have said that they only ever filmed five ships and didn't think about amounts.

So, its just a curiosity thing!

Anyway, I've wasted enough of your time, great site though!

Francis

Actually, I didn't get my information from anywhere. The idea that there were twelve battlestars is just my own assumption (even though we never see more than five battlestars on-screen). The Galactica was specifically from Caprica, so I think it's safe to guess that each planet had its own battlestar (although it is a bit silly to think that each planet only had one battlestar to defend itself). Sue Paxton's site, Battlestar Zone, has an article which reveals that the production company had actually come up with the names of other battlestars, although most were never mentioned on film. It definitely proves there were more than five!

Francis sent me another e-mail. Here it is:

With regards to Battlestars and Colonials, I agree with you on some points, and disagree with you on others. For my part, I have a much bleaker opinion of the ambush and Colonial life, which I think, is supported by some weak evidence from the series. If you don't mind me telling you this that is...

Personally, I feel that the Cylons were definitely winning the war. They hadn't won by a long shot, but they were getting there. I get the impression that the Colonials had been pushed back almost right up to their home world borders and didn't have long to go. Possibly another hundred yahrens or so, unless they pulled something out of the bag.

Anyway, with this in mind, I think you can say that in the television show the 1st Fleet is composed mainly of the five Battlestars, and while I agree that there must be some other fleet elements, I suspect that these are smaller cruisers and escorts. And then I say that Adar was truly duped and is quite mad for leaving the Colonies unprotected with the exception of a few light vessels. Which we know must have been the case because of the ease in which the Colony worlds were destroyed.

Oh, one last thing - we know the Cylons are supposed to be treacherous, so, why hadn't they done this ploy before? In my opinion, because the Colonial Fleet Strength was still at such a high level.

Does that make any sense?

Anyway, thanks for the reply, and have fun!

Francis

I think the thousand-year (or yahren - Whatever!) war was probably at a stale-mate. If the Cylons were winning, then their offer of peace would not have been believable (or perhaps even necessary).

As for Adar, the man was a moron. His incredible stupidity threatens the believability of the whole story. Lemme get this straight... You see a thousand Cylon fighters zooming toward your fleet, and you say, "Oh, look! It's a peace envoy!" Wouldn't the humans have found out ahead of time how many Cylon ships they were supposed to meet??? And are we to believe the humans could have actually lasted a thousand years of war with such idiots in command???

Actually, the biggest fool in the pilot episode may well have been Apollo. He gets back to the fleet in plenty of time to warn them of the coming Cylon attack, and yet somehow he doesn't find his way to the bridge until well after the Cylons have begun wiping everybody out! What did he do? Stop at the officers' club for a glass of ambrosia?

Bottom line, Battlestar Galactica had plenty of flaws. Trying to explain them away will more often than not just give you a headache. You either accept them, or you go watch something else. Rather than dwell on Galactica's flaws, I think we should be incredibly amazed that the series turned out as good as it did considering all the obstacles it faced (rushed production, not enough time for writing scripts, constant network censorship, etc.)


Hi John

I was just reading your missing scenes for "Take the Celestra." Several of these aren't really "missing" except when the Sci-Fi Channel whacks them out to shovel in a few more ads for John Edward and his blasted psychic show or their other bloody rot. The "Did you interrupt something?" "Yeah, I guess I did!" scene was in the episode, and so is at least part of the next scene. Actually, there are bits of all of these in the episode which makes this script very interesting - there's not a lot of major missing scenes like you get with some of the others, which suggests it was pretty tightly written to begin with. How many revisions are listed on the cover page?

Anyway, I'm glad you're posting this stuff. It's very interesting to see, especially since I don't have all of the scripts. BTW, I directed a visitor to my site over to yours as being along the same lines and this is what he said: "I've just looked on the Sheba's Galaxy site and it is a fun one! Another fascinating source of behind-the-scenes info about Battlestar Galactica." Indeed!

Susan

No revisions are listed. Actually, the script has several scenes arranged in different places than they appeared in the final cut, and there are at least two small scenes in the episode that aren't in the script at all!

I was already aware that at least one "missing scene" - where Apollo says "you're running away from Cassiopea" - was an edit by the Sci-Fi Channel. However, since the uncut episode isn't available (and there are very few uncut copies available anywhere), most fans have never seen these scenes and are unaware they exist, so I think it's okay to consider them "missing" for now. If the uncut episode is ever released on video or DVD, I'll probably make changes.


Hi, my name is Jeff. I am currently working on my collection of the original Battlestar Galactica. I am encoding all of the episodes to svcd quality mpeg. After I finish the original Battlestar Galactica series, I would like to do the same for Galactica 1980. I have run into a small problem though. I cannot find Galactica 1980 anywhere. I've been watching for it on TV so that I could tape it, but I haven't found it. And I cannot find any episodes to by on Amazon or anywhere for that matter. Do you know where I might find someone who has quality copes of the series? I am desperately seeking to complete my collection.

Jeff

The Sci-Fi channel aired Galactica 1980 back in 1995 and 1996, but hasn't since then. I often see the entire Galactica 1980 series for sale on Ebay.com, the auction site. If you check often enough, you'll eventually find it. The only other place you might find the episodes is at a toy show.


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