TV Theme Of The Week: Battlestar Galactica

18/10/2010 at 8:27 am (TV Theme Of The Week)


The original Battlestar Galactica was Star Wars for TV. So how could I, a 7 year old Star Wars fanatic, not watch it?  The visual effects drew me in, but I enjoyed the show on its own merits, if a tad flimsy at times. It had a robot dog too, in the shape of Muffet the dagget, so that was a good sign – all the best shows then had a robot dog.

US TV god, Glen A Larson produced this space epic introducing the world to Commander Adama (everydad Lorne Green), his noble hero son Apollo (superbly coiffured Richard Hatch) and his daughter Athena (the stunning Maren Jensen). But it was hotshot ladies man Lt. Starbuck, a part written perfectly for Dirk Benedict, that stole the show. Add to that the gorgeous design of the chrome Cylon centurions, exciting space battles and you had a recipe for magnificent space opera.

And it is Stu Phillips’ score that draws you in, lulling you into the feeling that the show will be as epic as its opening – it often wasn’t. Phillips’ score is grand and dramatic, and perhaps one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written for a TV show’s opening titles.

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