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GALACTICA Turns 30 And
Darth Mojo Has The True
History of Cylon Creation!!

Published at: Sept. 18, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!
On the 30th anniversary of the first airing of “Battlestar Galactica” on ABC, the Darth Mojo website has an interesting piece on how the original series’ lizard-spawned Cylons were designed. The original concept art, above, was by Ralph McQuarrie, who served a similar function on “Star Wars.” Apparently it wasn’t Darthy enough for series creator Glen Larson! Find all of Darth Mojo’s story on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 18, 2008, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Mojo First

    by redfist

    now I will read it.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Not darthy enough

    by Madines Sideshed

    ...pathetic. its why the new series fares a lot better cause its not trying to ape SW.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Third

    by dioxholster

    whatever i hate BSG

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST

    hey, I first saw “Battlestar Galactica” in the cinema

    by newc0253

    yes, i grew up in one of those countries where it got a cinema release.<p> where's *my* frakking commemoration, daggit?

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST

    I'm wit choo newc0253

    by MattInTheHat

    Growing up in South Auckland, New Zealand, there's one certainty: you'll date a solo mother. But before that is was that you'd have to see Battlestar Galactica at the movies. And so we did. The crowd went wild. The projectionist had to stop the movie part way through to settle the crowd down. Hard to believe that was 30 years ago. Memories... aaaaaahhhhh.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Star Trek VI

    by MattInTheHat

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Star Trek VII

    by MattInTheHat

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Star Trek VIII

    by MattInTheHat

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Star Trek IX

    by MattInTheHat

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Star Trek X

    by MattInTheHat

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 5:33 a.m. CST

    so... all that just to confirm the "body count" story?

    by Maniaq

    we already knew that! sheesh!

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    "You'll date a solo mother."

    by tonagan

    MattInTheHat, your post has made my day.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    The theatrical release was in Sensurround sound too!

    by newc0253

    meaning the rumble of Galactica's engines was palpable and your seats would actually shake whenever the Vipers launched...<p> suck on that, ABC television audiences of 30 years ago!<p>

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    @MattInTheHat

    by newc0253

    a crowd in south Auckland went wild?<p> doesn't that happen, like, every week or so?<p> Christchurch audiences in 1978 were more restrained.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    As a kid, I always wondered...

    by Kid Z

    ...if KITT from Knight Rider was secretly some kind of morphing Cylon disguised as a car. Same flashing-back-and-forth, red lightbulb eye, ya know.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    It was on the big screen here too.

    by banditmania

    A feature made from the first three episodes.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Summer Cinema Release

    by dpc01

    The movie version of the pilot, which included the scene of Baltar getting his throat slit, but is otherwise about a half an hour shorter, played in Canadian theaters the summer of 1978, two months before the TV premiere. The following year the same was true for Glen Larson's BUCK ROGERS pilot, although that may have been in US theaters as well.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Ralph McQuarrie

    by Geekgasm

    can't be spoken of highly enough. And I also saw both BsG and Gil Gerard's Buck Rogers on the big screen first.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    and I saw them both

    by Geekgasm

    in the good old US of A

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    but what about the "lizard" question?

    by LegoKenobi

    he didn't answer the question about the llizard origins, though -- i have the large marvel comic book around somewhere, and in that i SWEAR they mention that they were created by a lizard race, and in the comic they also had *swords*. i remember a centurion beheading someone in front of the imperious leader... they cylons were always badass.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by skydemon

    That was really cool, thanks Herc.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Ralph McQuarrie is a badass

    by Gungan Slayer

    Love his art. Top notch stuff.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Gungan Slayer

    by codymr

    Ditto. I don't have anything to add really. I love how McQuarrie's stuff has a "look" that is instantly recognizable. His work is also nostalgic to me... kinda in the same way Struzan's poster art is.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Yes, the crowd did go wild

    by MattInTheHat

    I think it's the only movie I've ever been to where they had to stop it and tell everyone to siddown and shuddup. It was packed to the rafters and was absolute pandemonium. Kinda like if Gremlins had taken over. I've never experienced anything like it since. The only time I can remember is when Yoda got out his schwartz in Episode II to fight Dooku. The crowd went wild at that but only for like 30 seconds. Now the theatre is a cars sales yard I believe.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Happy Birthday BSG

    by tolomey

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    His Star Trek TMP designs were brilliant!!!!!

    by picardsucks

    His Next Gen designs blew

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Guilty pleasure...

    by BurnHollywood

    Harlan Ellison, kiss my keester...I loved "Battlestar Ponderosa" and every new episode set my widdle ten-year-old heart a goin' pitta-pat.<p> The original BSG was the "Buck Rogers" that Star Wars was too metaphysical to be, and the later "Buck Rogers" TV series was too cash-poor to pull off. Good stuff. Glad it's 21st Century "heir" is just as infuriatingly interesting.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Both BSG and Buck Rogers played here...

    by MisterE

    I saw the BSG movie/pilot at a theater and the Buck Rogers movie/pilot at a drive-in here in Huntsville, Alabama. BSG was shown with Sensurround audio and I sat in the front row with the massive speakers directly in front of me. the audio that accompanied external shots of the Galactica was almost enough to shake the crap from your anus.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Drive-in, MisterE?

    by BurnHollywood

    I remember seeing the first Star Wars trailer at a drive-in...my eight-or-nine-year-old mind filling in the tag-line "A boy...a girl..." with "A DOG!"<p> (A geek remembers...this will be precious stuff around 2045 or so...)

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    BurnHollywood (RE: drive-in)

    by MisterE

    I saw several films at the drive-in when I was young. I was a little less than six years old when "The Exorcist (1973)" came out, and my sixteen year old brother talked our mom into taking the family to the drive-in to watch that film. I probably still have mental scars from that experience!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    um, who gives a flying fuck...

    by GaiustheBrave

    Best show on tv to worst piece of shite in 2.0 years. Not the best record, but still impressive to see something that big fall that far.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    30 years of BSG...25 of which were not on TV

    by Heckles

    A marginal idea in the late 70's largely hyped because of Star Wars, a shitty spin-off, a re-imagined show decades later. There is no legacy here. Can't begin to compare with Star Trek or Star Wars.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Saw EXORCIST at a Drive-In, too, MisterE...

    by BurnHollywood

    Going to the bathroom and hearing Pazuzu howling away on 200 of those clunky metal speakers at once was a truly memorable experience, I tell you...

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    30 years, huh?

    by Goody2shoes

    Man, I'm getting old. That was my favorite show as a kid. In the 5th grade, we were given a project to make our own country with its own laws and government. Mine was called Galactica. So sad.