An Analytical Guide to Television¿s Battlestar Galactica

An Analytical Guide to Television¿s Battlestar Galactica

by John Kenneth Muir
     
 

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When the space drama Battlestar Galactica debuted on ABC in 1978, it was expected to be the most popular new program of the year. Instead, it was attacked as a Star Wars rip-off and canceled after a mere 17 stories. The author acknowledges the show was full of dramatic cliches and scientific inaccuracies, but despite these shortcomings, Battlestar Galactica was a

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When the space drama Battlestar Galactica debuted on ABC in 1978, it was expected to be the most popular new program of the year. Instead, it was attacked as a Star Wars rip-off and canceled after a mere 17 stories. The author acknowledges the show was full of dramatic cliches and scientific inaccuracies, but despite these shortcomings, Battlestar Galactica was a dramatically resonant series full of unique and individual characters, such as Commander Adama (Lorne Greene) and ace warrior Captain Apollo (Richard Hatch).

The author contends that Battlestar Galactica was a memorable attempt to make science fiction accessible to mainstream television audiences. The brilliant work of artist John Dykstra brought a new world of special effects to network television. Battlestar Galactica also skillfully exploited legends and names from both the Bible and ancient mythology, which added a layer of depth and maturity to the weekly drama.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
details the program from inception through to cancellation...provides...all the requisite cast, credit, and episode details, as well as synopsis and in-depth analysis...very well indexed...detailed bibliography and videography
Classic Images
fascinating information...useful and appealing
Psychotronic
"everything you could possibly want to know is here"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786424559
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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