Talk:Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV series)

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Link to Mormonism[edit]

What exactly is the link between Battlestar Galactica and Mormonism? The article doesn't explain it at all. Patiwat 20:07, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

That should explain it.Rabidwolfe 15:55, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Explain what - the link goes to a page that says there's nothing to display jmdeur 22:02, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

That's because the URL has changed due to change in servers since then. Here it is now:

http://www.millennialstar.org/2006/02/12/battlestar-galactica-and-mormonism/ Rabidwolfe (talk) 02:05, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

The Mormon angle is interesting and ought to be discussed further in the article. Danceswithzerglings (talk) 02:23, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
The thing I find interesting about the above is that some people see "links to religion" everywhere they look. If I find 5 bread-rolls and 3 fish fingers in my freezer, that I did not know I had, that does not mean I am pretending to be jesus, just that I do not know what is in my freezer. Do the same in a major TV show, and it becomes a "link to christianity." — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bat Flattery (talkcontribs) 19:45, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

There is more here: http://www.ldsliving.com/7-Mormons-with-Stars-on-the-Hollywood-Walk-of-Fame/s/79203?page=3#story-content. Unlikely this site would be encyclopedic, but I find it interesting and others apparently do, too, based on this conversation. 155.213.224.59 (talk) 17:16, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

In Other Media[edit]

I don't have any specifics accessible at the moment, but there was a comic book series by Marvel Comics and I believe that there was a novelization or even a book series based on the series. Is anyone able to confirm and include these in the article? --RedKnight (talk) 14:21, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

Hi! Thanks to "TV GUIDE" I was able to join "The Science Fiction Book Club" back when the series was still on. One of the hardback books that I got in my introductory membership package was the novelized adaptation of the original theatrical movie, "Battlestar Galatica". In that movie Baltar got decapitated, while in the pilot version of the movie, he got to keep his head for the sake of the series. I also got the first issue of the adaptation by "Marvel Comics" in the regular size and in the giant size versions. Does that help? Also, there were further novels inspired by the series, just like with "Star Trek" and "Star Wars", et cetera. By the way, Lisa Hartman Black's father, David Hartman, hosted a special prime-time edition of "Good Morning, America" to prepare the TV audience for the series premise. Everyone here needs to realize that at the time the series was aired, specials like "The Devil's Triangle" on television, movies like "Chariots of the Gods", and books based on those themes, were very much in vogue, along with alternative culture themes like "Pyramid Power". An "NBC Classics Illusrated" version of "The Time Machine" had a pyramid shaped time machine, for example. So "Battlestar Galactica" having that opening credits montage about how life here began out there, et al, fit right in with the "Cult Pop Culture" fad going on back then. I hope that helps! LeoStarDragon1 (talk) 03:01, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Lawsuit[edit]

More information is needed about the lawsuit by Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm. The article references a book by Fullen, but that information isn't quite correct. I have added some info based on a Court of Appeals case I found on Google Scholar, but more info is needed.

According to the referenced 9th Circuit case, Fox and Lucasfilm sued for copyright infringement, unfair competition, trademark infringement, and attorneys fees ("plagiarism" is not a cause of action). The trial court granted a partial summary judgment in favor of the defendants (Universal, MCA, and ABC), but only on the claim for copyright infringement. However, Fox and Lucasfilm appealed. The court of appeals reversed the judgment and sent the case back for a trial, stating

The court opinion does not mention any counter-suit, though that doesn't necessarily mean that one wasn't filed--It wasn't relevant to the appeal.

This decision was finalized in May, 1983. Unfortunately, I cannot find any information on what happened after remand. This lack of information usually means that the case was settled (by mutual agreement) between the parties. But I don't have any source that tells how the case was finally determined. The Fullen source is obviously not aware of what the result of the appeal was (didn't have Google scholar when that book was published). If the case(s) had gone to trial, there would most certainly be news about it. Furthermore, if there were further decisions after the 1983 decision, these would likely be published. Also, all of the law journals that cite the 1983 case, never discuss or cite any subsequent proceedings.

At any rate, we still need a source for the counter-suit, and a source for proceedings after the 1983 appellate decision. Hypertextopher (talk) 00:12, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

I thoroughly agree with the above--it's rather remarkable that no one has been able to come up with more information. I've googled around a little on this topic, and it almost seems as though everything after the 1983 remand fell into a black hole. Even if the parties tried to settle as quietly as possible, or the plaintiffs simply dropped the case, you'd think that with such a high-profile lawsuit there would be SOME news about it in an archive somewhere. Someone help out here! Kevin Nelson (talk) 10:38, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Doea Wikipedia have a method in place for having an expert in legal research determine the disposition of the case from the original court records? — Senator2029 | talk 19:08, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

When the series is set[edit]

I personally don't like the sound of this sentence: "The implication of the final aired episode, "The Hand of God", was that the original series took place after the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969, almost certainly centuries later, allowing for the time necessary for the propagation at light-speed of television images of the landing to be received by the Galactica." Galactica could have simply been very close to Earth. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.73.229.189 (talk) 11:03, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

Opening narration[edit]

Check out the following book: Vincent Terrace, "Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings since 1949" (to be found on Google Books). In a transcription of the original Battlestar Galactica opening narration, it gives us "Talteks" and "Lumina" (instead of "Lemuria"). Patrick Macnee must be rotating in his grave. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.17.118.121 (talk) 08:50, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

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