Sunday, September 22, 2013

Five Appendix N Science Fiction Movies From The 70's and 80's And Battle Star Galactica Turns Thirty

Battlestar Galactica 1978 - intro.jpg

This is the original 'Star Wars ' trailer from 1977 which changed everything for many of us kids from the 70's. You may have noticed an up tick in the number of  Battle Star Galactica posts as of late and that's actually because its the original show and its turning thirty years old!
Star Wars came out and was a game changer. 

The echos of Battle Star were still being felt when 'The Last Star Fighter' came out and  its themes run throughout the movie as well. Dying races, weird aliens, the human spirit triumphs, huge space opera tropes and lets not get into the computer  effects. 

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Alien which showed the complete opposite of the vibe started in Star Wars and echoed throughout Battle Star as well as countless others. Alien marked the return of horror into space and changed everything from then on. 

Someplace between Star Wars, Battle Star, and Aliens is the Black Hole. This film made such an impact on me when it came out. The film has been compared with the more recent Event Horizon and certainly made an impact on Disney. 

Buck Rogers when from the big screen into the small one rather interestingly and made science fiction a bit more down to Earth for many folks. It still remains an old favorite yet I don't think without the above films that Buck would have been possible. 

Battle Star Galactica blasted its way into many house holds and starring Lorne Greene,Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, it ran for one season in 1978–79. Then it seemed to run forever in reruns.

The original introduction went something like this : 
There are those who believe...that life here began out there, far across the Universe...with tribes of humans...who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians...or the Toltecs...or the Mayans...that they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids...or the lost civilizations of Lemuria...orAtlantis.

Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man...who even now fight to survive—somewhere beyond the heavens! (The theatrical version of the pilot ends with "far, far away amongst the stars.")

So this weekend I ran a new version of  Tomb of the Cylons Campaign! A new ship and new crew have encountered something evil and very dangerous among the stars!

What Is Tomb of  The Cylons?
The time of Galactica is long over with & the Cylons are a name that is told to children to scare them into behaving. The name echoes throughout eternity.But something very evil stirs within the bowels of the universe.
A name not heard in a thousand yarns comes alive once more !  Something a crew of Colonial warriors is sent to investigate! 

Here are some of the Galactica Campaign notes :

                                             New 'Actual Play Report' In The Morning! 


  1. It's wild to see a Star Wars commercial without John Williams' music. Neat find!

  2. Thanks! I was trying to play catch up with this stuff and doing research when I came across it!


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