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This quadrant of Sheba's galaxy will be used to answer readers' questions about Battlestar Galactica or comments about this website. I may not know everything there is to know about Galactica, but I will attempt to answer them as best I can.

E-mail me at hart@blast.net.


Updated November 27, 2001

I love your website! I don't know how I've missed it for so long. I've never run across anyone who knew Galactica like I do. :) I mean that as a compliment as I feel as you do about never having anyone to share Galactica with. That is, until I went to the 15th and 20th yahren reunions. They were both great and I met a lot of nice people but I still have to say that most had a lot of Galactica facts confused. Many I spoke to only had a few episodes on tape and hadn't seen most of the show in years (until scifi channel of course). The problem with sci-fi is they edit the shows so badly. You miss a lot. I have every episode on tape and like you (I'm sure), I've watched them a gazillion times! Literally.

Anyway, your site is great and I think you have the most solid and honest reviews that I've ever read. I don't agree with them all but for the most part, I think you were viewing the same show I saw. I also liked your review of the berkley novels. To me, these novels are the second season Galactica never had. The only one I am missing is Die, Chameleon. You made some good points about "Surrender the Galactica" but I still liked it more than both "Apollos' War" and "The Nightmare Machine". It had a lot of action and how about Lucifer disguised as a Nomen, bursting through Adama's door and beginning to strangle him only to join the colonials later?

I also really enjoyed the maximum press series (Mostly the war of eden). I thought it wrapped up the search for "Earth" in a sense but showed that they would obviously continue the search for the 13th tribe. I agree, that by "Journey's End", the plot was full of holes and was getting out of hand. However, as much as I love Richard Hatch and all he has done, I feel that his comics were the weakest of the series. Like his books, they are very preachy and over the top. Plus, his insistance that Apollo has special powers and such just does not sit with me. That's not what the show was about and it's even worse in his "average" books. Apollo and Athena are a little too much like Luke and Leia and the force. Clearly, he was writing with the hope that his stories would become a new movie or series and he was giving himself the role of a lifetime. Well, I've taken up enough of your time. Hope to hear back from you as I have plenty more I could talk about. Again, excellent site and keep up the good work.

Shawn L. Scialo

Thank you for taking the time to write out such a long e-mail. I don't get much e-mail, but when I do it makes all those long hours worthwile!

Yes, I've seen the episodes many times, but I watch them only rarely these days so I don't get sick of them. I did enjoy Lucifer attacking Adama in Surrender The Galactica and his joining the fleet, but the book is still very disappointing overall. And I'm afraid I just can't agree about the Maximum Press comics. They really pale compared to the Realm Press comics which had phenomenal artwork even though the writing took a nosedive in the later issues.

It's clear that Richard Hatch used the comic books and his novels to promote a Galactica series using the original cast some 20 years into the future. I haven't been his biggest supporter, but I do admire and applaud his efforts.


Hello, John!

I am a fellow BG fan, and I came across your site in a search for a description of the UK released "Space Casanova". (Kudos on a well-developed, informative site BTW!!)

Anyway, there happens to be a copy of "Space Casanova" for sale on EBay, and before I bid on it, I was wondering if you could advise me.

I already have a copy of the regular 47-minute "Long Patrol" (I actually have ALL the episodes except "Take the Celestra" - which I can't seem to find anywhere!!) So imagine my delight when I saw that they bundled the "Long Patrol" with "Celestra." However, I read on your site that many of the 95-min bundled episodes are badly stiched together, and even missing scenes.

Do you think I would be wasting my money if I bid on this "Space Casanova?" (the bid is up to 11.50 - but it could go as high as god-knows ;-) Have you seen the video ? Should I just hold off until I can find the 47-min version of "Take the Celestra" by itself?

Thanks for your time,

Maryann P. Carol

PS: What was it like meeting Dirk Benedict? I had SUCH a crush on him in high school, when the show was on. WOW! He seems like a pretty cool guy.

As to whether you would be wasting your money, it all depends on how you look at it. I have not seen Space Casanova, but I have heard that the tele-movies have been cut up pretty badly, so if you want to see the episode in its original form, you probably won't be getting it. Still, I imagine the tele-movie would probably be fun to watch nontheless (The experience would probably be one of those "It's so bad, it's good" type of things). If you really, REALLY want to see the original episode, it sadly is not available on video anymore. The Sci-Fi channel has a Galactica marathon every December (usually either on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve), so you could probably catch it then. Unfortunately, the episodes are edited for more commercials, but Take The Celestra in my opinion is the worst episode of them all, so you wouldn't be missing much. Meeting Dirk Benedict was truly an honor (Check out my review of the GoMainline Galactica con). I whole-heartedly recommend his book "Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy". His life story is a fascinating read!


Hello Anne,

I completed your trivia section on your website and can't believe how hilarious, but brutally honest it is. I can just remember most of the popular episodes back when it was still on TV and never watched much of any of them again, and still I could guess the probable answers and be correct. If the networks like FOX do want do reintroduce Galactica, I hope they do it justice and bring back you as Sheba.

Tim

Hate to tell you this, but although Sheba hangs out in this galaxy, Anne Lockhart sadly does not. I have met Anne twice (lucky me!) but I don't have any regular contact with her, so I can't forward any messages. I can understand the confusion, though. Anne had her own site at www.annelockhart.com, but it has disappeared. I wouldn't mind it at all if this was to become the OFFICIAL Anne Lockhart site. Could anyone out there pass the offer on to Anne?


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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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