Battlestar Galactica (1978) Trivia

Battlestar Galactica 1978 trivia

Battlestar Galactica (1978) Trivia

Did the Battlestar Galactica crew ever find Earth? Yes they did! You can find out more about it by checking out our Galactica 1980 TV show page!

Props from Battlestar Galactica were also used to film the series “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”.

Originally, Baltar was only going to be in the pilot episodes. In fact, a movie version was released in Canada & Europe before the pilot premiered on ABC and in that movie, Baltar was beheaded! Then Glen Larson decided to keep Baltar for the television series so he redirected the final scene himself. This time the sword was stopped at the last second when Baltar agreed to help the Cylons destroy the rest of the human race!

One interesting fact about Battlestar was the invention of a whole new system of time. In the closest approximation of our time as possible: A “micron” was a second; “centon” = minute; “centar” = hour; “secton” = week; “sectar” = month; “yahren” = year.

Battlestar won an emmy in 1979 for Outstanding Costume Design.

Lorne Greene (Adama) had a #1 hit in the U.S. with his 1960’s recording “Ringo”. He was also the star of the series, “Bonanza”, that ran from 1959 to 1973 with 430 episodes!

There were five other Battlestars that did not survive to flee the Cylons. the were the Battlestar Atlantia, Acropolis, Columbia, Pacifica, and the Triton.

Battlestar Galactica returned to television in 2005 as a miniseries and then a TV series! Check out our Battlestar Galactica (2005) page!

The character ‘Starbuck’ was ranked #21 in TV Guide’s list of the “25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends” (1 August 2004 issue).

Dirk Benedict modeled the character of Starbuck on James Garner as “Maverick” (1957).

Throughout the course of the series, Sheba never fires her laser gun.

Much of Glen A. Larson’s Mormon faith is very evident in the series. Things such as the “Council of the Twelve” (The Mormon ruling body under the leadership of their Prophet), “Bonding” used for marriage (a Mormon Temple wedding is called a “Sealing”), and other aspects of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) faith is very apparent in each and every episode. The moral lessons of each episode is very Mormon in design.

The insignia worn on the uniform jackets is actually the officer Branch of Service insignia for the US Army Military Intelligence.

The Cylons had to be over six feet in height, so Glen A. Larson hired a bunch of out-of-work basketball players.

Boxey’s real name is not mentioned in the series. In the sequel series “Galactica 1980”, he is referred to by his real name Troy.

Boxey’s robot dagget (dog) Muffy was realized by having a trained chimp inside the dagget costume. Three chimps were used during the series.

George Lucas and/or 20th Century Fox brought a lawsuit against the producers over alleged similarities with Star Wars (1977) saga. Although Galactica was indeed created to capitalize on the popularity of Star Wars and used the same special effects team and the same concept designer, the lawsuit was eventually dismissed in 1980.

The exact size of Colonial battlestars such as the Galactica and of Cylon base stars was never properly explained in the show, leading to some disagreement over the years. A scale measurement comparison of the Galactica to one of her Vipers provided the final answer – the Galactica and identical battlestars were each 4,150 feet in length, with each of two flight bays measuring 1,977 feet in length and some 215 feet in width; each flight bay was thus nearly twice the length and almost the width of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, and a battlestar could easily carry far more fighters than the listed 150 with 24 shuttles – a more accurate measurement would be 300 fighters (with perhaps a third in ready reserve; Saga Of A Star World listed the Galactica’s pilot contingent at over 200 while in Lost Planet Of The Gods injured warriors hastily return to duty and fly what are presumably backup fighters stored in ready reserve) and 40 to 50 shuttles. A Cylon base star, based on scale measurement comparison, is 5,800 feet wide and can carry far more than its listed contingent of 300 fighters.

Much of the controls used on the bridge of the Galactica were standard electronic laboratory equipment manufactured at the time by Tektronix, Inc (TEK). This equipment was of a mainframe design where 19 inch wide racks contained test equipment components such as multi-meters, power supplies, or signal generators that slid into these racks like books on a shelf. One can notice tier after tier of these racks used all over the bridge as control panels. Tektronix is even mentioned in the closing credits.

When ABC canceled the series, both NBC and CBS expressed interest in buying the show. CBS considered adding it as a mid-season replacement, but neither network ultimately acquired the show.

John Colicos became so well known for his Baltar role that reportedly it was what won him the role of Mikkos Cassadine for the ABC daytime drama “General Hospital” for its Ice Princess story arc in the summer of 1981, and in 1991 he was appearing in theater in his native Toronto, and after performances audience members would applaud him and supportively chant “Baltar Lives!”



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