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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 1

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Welcome to Classic Battlestar Galactica Week here on Republibot, and our super-special edition of Retrospeculative TV, the column in which we take 30 year old piece-of-crap TV shows that no one cares about, and treat them as if they were brand-spanking-new piece of crap TV shows that no one cares about. It was only a matter of time until we got to the original Galactica, now wasn’t it? Last week, we set this up, and now we get into it:

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978/79): Prolog

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We’re trying to do shows here on Retrospeculative TV that had a huge influence on us as younger folk, and checking to see how they hold up. Essentially we’re treating them as if they’re new, and subjecting them to the same rigors we use on modern shows. The only real criteria here is that they have to be more than a decade old and, ideally, have impacted us in some forceful way, but we want to stay away from the really popular, legendary shows. Why?

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Quark: “Quark” (Episode 1)

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Here on Retrospeculative TV, we’re looking at shows that had a formative influence on us, but which have either been completely forgotten, or simply not gotten their due because of their comparatively short runs. In my case, these tend to be “Orphan Shows,” ones that didn’t even make it through their first season, and as such never got syndicated. One such show that had an entirely ludicrous influence on my upbringing was “Quark,” staring Richard Benjamin (!), Tim Thomerson, and the poor man’s Werner Klemperer: Conrad Janis.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Space 1999: "Another Time, Another Place" (Season 1, Episode 6)

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The Moon encounters a swirling anomaly that makes everybody walk sideways. They are accelerating 'off the clock'. This doesn't mean that they won't be paid overtime, however. It is an indication that time is a component of acceleration. Everything gets all glowy and we start to see double images of the Alphans as two images of the moon separate. We are also sort of introduced to our "Special Guest star about to die"… Regina, with a hard 'g', played by Judy Geeson.

As everybody checks for bumps and bruises, John asks Victor where they are. Victor doesn't know.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV WRAP-UP: Man From Atlantis: What Have We Learned?

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Retrospeculative TV is a series in which we look at the classic shows from yesteryear as though they were new. We look at their successes, their failings (Far more frequent, really), and their unique qualities. “Man From Atlantis” is the first of these series we’ve completed since starting this feature, and as we say farewell to a shirtless, hairless young Patrick Duffy for the final time, I think it’s only fair to take a moment to contemplate what we’ve learned form the show.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Man From Atlantis: “Deadly Carnival” (Season 2, Episode 13) Series Finale

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Tuesday, June 6th, 1978: Not a massively infamous day in history. Not much happened. In California - which was part of the United States in those days - they voted in Proposition 13, which slashed property taxes. Nothing else of any great importance seems to have happened anywhere else in the world, and few seem to have noticed the important thing that transpired here. Indeed, there are no monuments to commemorate the day, no one who says “I remember where I was when…”, no flags flying at halfmast, no parades of victory for surviving it, though we certainly deserved them.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Space:1999 : "Earthbound" (Season 1, Episode 5)

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Ah! The return of Commisioner Simmons. Simmons is complaining that they are doing nothing to return to Earth. Well, he's right. They are more concerned with surviving right now, but thanks for asking, Mister Simmons.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Man From Atlantis: “Siren” (Season 2, Episode 12)

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Curiouser and curiouser: Here we are at the ragged end of this clearly-failing season, in a sinking ship of a show that must have been clearly obvious to all concerned that it wasn’t going to finish out the season, down to the wire, nearing the end of its life. Beyond that, they’re almost undoubtedly still reeling from the shot of last week’s episode - “Imp” - which very likely could be the single most embarrassing science fiction-related thing in the entire decade. (Seriously, the “Triad” scenes from the original Galactica are less humiliating.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross: “First Contact” (Episode 11) AND: Robotech: “First Contact” (Episode 11)

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This is the last Macross episode I’ve got on hand, and since the Democrats are in the Oval Office again I don’t really have the money to buy any more. This’ll be the last Macross/Robotech review for a while, but I I’m really enjoying the comparison/contrast thing going on here, and I fully intend to return to it as soon as possible.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Space:1999 : "Ring Around the Moon" (Season 1, Episode 4)

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I have begun to get an inkling of what R3 is going through with his Man From Atlantis reviews.  It took me weeks, literally, to get through this episode.  But we're all about self sacrifice and individual responsibility here at Republibot, so may I present to you my impressions of the Space:1999 episode "Ring around the Moon"

 

Except there's no ring.  There's a forcefield thingee, but no ring.

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