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Starhunter Redux Season Two   2 comments

Above:  Callie Larkadia in Hyperspace II

A Screen Capture

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The second season of Starhunter Redux (2017) is superior to Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004).  Reediting, remastering, and adding a little new material does much to improve the season by making the first and second seasons look as is they form a set.  There is still the matter of retconning the bridge and galley sets, but c’est la vie.

Now that I am rejected my former theory of the first and second seasons occurring in parallel universes, I enjoy the second season more.  Now that I focus less on the exterior of the Tulip and on the question of whether that really is Travis (It really is not.), I enjoy the character development more.  I also enjoy the internal continuity of the second season more as I notice links between the seasons.

I do have one critique (in the highest sense of that word, not in the sense of “everyone is a critic”) of the second season, though.  It should have been more unified, with the Orchard providing the glue.  That menace underlay most of the first season, from the first episode to the final one, to great effect.  In the second season, in contrast, the Orchard is present, explicitly or implicitly, in a few episodes, all of them in the last half.  The second season seems somewhat disjointed, compared to the first season.

I hope you understand my intention, O reader.  I have no interest in participating in toxic fandom.  I do not want to offer half-baked and poorly-informed ideas and insist that you must respect them.  No, I seek, as much as possible, to operate based on objective reality and to offer well-reasoned opinions.  I do not preface obviously subjective statements with redundant statements such as, “in my opinion.”  Of course, it is my opinion.  I do not pretend that it is anything else.  If someone feels the need to become offended and rebut, “That’s YOUR opinion,” I do not want to relate to that person.  Life is too short to deal with easily offended people unnecessarily.  Grow a thick skin, people.

I understand just enough to realize that there is much I do not understand.  Consider this statement from G. Philip Jackson, one of the creators of the Starhunter series:

On both seasons, for totally different reasons, there was a struggle for creative control, reflected in unintended mysteries, in addition to intended mysteries.

–November 9, 2019

Actually, Jackson may have been generous in his description of the “struggle for creative control.”  Based on my reading of such struggles behind the scenes of series, from Galactica 1980 to Firefly, assuming that people who interfere are creative may have no basis in reality.  There is just a struggle for control, not creative control, much of the time.  Perhaps that is an accurate description of what occurred behind the scenes of Starhunter (2000-2001) and Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004).

Having watched Starhunter 2300 a few times and the second season of Starhunter Redux once, I recommend the latter.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 21, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Opening and Closing Credits

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  1. Rebirth
  2. Star Crossed
  3. Biocrime
  4. Chasing Janus
  5. Spaceman
  6. Becoming Shiva
  7. The Third Thing
  8. Torment
  9. Painless
  10. Skin Deep
  11. Supermax Redux
  12. Pandora’s Box
  13. A Stitch in Time
  14. The Prisoner
  15. Kate
  16. Rivals
  17. The Heir and the Spare
  18. Just Politics
  19. Negative Energy
  20. License to Fill
  21. Hyperspace I
  22. Hyperspace II

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Galactica 1980 (1980)   2 comments

The DVD Root Menu

This post follows this one:  https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/battlestar-galactica-1978-1979/.

ABC liked part of the Battlestar Galactica concept but sought a lower budget.  So they got Galactica 1980, set in what was then the present day.  This cost the network less per episode but yielded what, in Galactica parlance, one might call felgerkarb.  Yes, it was really bad, and it has not improved with age.

The Galactica

Thirty yahrens (years) after the events of the Battlestar Galactica pilot, the Galactica discovers Earth, the same Earth those of us alive in 1980 recall.  The Cylons are trailing behind the fleet, so Adama steers away from Earth to protect the planet from a Cylon attack.  The Galactica cannot defeat the Cylons, and the sole purpose of seeking Earth was to find a refuge.  So all humans are now in great danger.  That is the basic premise.

Continuity does not work, however.  The original series, which ran one season, was set after 1969.  1980 minus 1969 equals 11, which is less than 30.  But who is counting?

Most of the original cast did not return.  Lorne Greene, as Commander Adama, was the main exception to this rule.  His beard marked the passage of time.

Troy

Troy was Boxey as adult.  He was, like Apollo (dead by Galactica 1980), who raised him, a straight arrow.

Dillon

Dillon was Troy’s friend and partner.  He was somewhat impetuous, but not nearly as roguish as Starbuck.

Troy, Dillon, and Their Flying Motorcycles

They got to ride their flying motorcycles.

Jamie Hamilton

In the three-part pilot, Troy and Dillon met Jamie Hamilton, a reporter.  During the short-lived series (ten hours, including advertisements), she helped them in various ways, mainly by helping guard a group of Galactican children Adama sent to the Earth for safety.

The children, however, stood out.  They could, for reasons of scientific technobabble, jump higher than Earth children, were stronger than them, and had greater intellectual discipline.  This attracted the unwanted attention of a U.S. Air Force officer, who pursued them episode after episode.   Most of the series concerned the adventures of Troy, Dillon, Jamie, and a few children.

The Disclaimer

Speaking of the Air Force, this disclaimer appeared at the end of episodes in which Air Force personnel pursued any Galacticans.

Doctor Zee

I suppose that Commander Adama was supposed to be in charge of the fleet, but he deferred to the young genius, Doctor Zee, who was also quite an inventor.  Doctor Zee’s mother was one of those ascended humans from the ships of light.  The one very watchable Galactica 1980 episode (also the last one), The Return of Starbuck, consisted mostly of a flashback to how Starbuck became stranded on an uninhabited planet, befriended a Cylon, rescued a mysterious woman who also crashed on the planet, and sent her (and her baby, Doctor Zee), out to space in a one-person craft.  (An untold story never filmed would have shown the ship of lights humans rescuing Starbuck.)

Doctor Zee

Doctor Zee looked like this after the pilot movie.

In the three-part pilot movie, Galactica Discovers Earth, teams of Colonial warriors seek out elite members of the scientific community for first contact.  These men and women should be the most open to the possibilities and the least likely to react out of fear and distrust, after all.  The goal is to raise Earth’s level of technology until Earth can defend herself from the Cylons.

Dr. Donald Mortensen

Troy and Dillon visit Dr. Donald Mortensen, at the Pacific Institute of Technology.  He becomes convinced that Troy, Dylan, and the other Galacticans may be as important to the human race “as the coming of the Messiah.”

Those were heady words, ones meant to sound important, but the series became bogged down in issue-of-the-week stories, such as the dangers of industrial pollution, how bad irrigation quotas are, and why anti-Hispanic bias is misplaced.  The show aired on Sunday evenings, at an hour which came with requirements to present educational messages.  The first rule of comedy is to be funny.  Likewise, the first rule of drama is to tell an interesting story.  The telling of the story ought to present the moral and/or educational message(s) without being pedantic.   But, in Galactica 1980 we get Quincy, M.E.-style speeches, which were no less annoying when Jack Klugman delivered them.  At least Klugman had relatively better material, though.  Of course, Larson made Quincy, M.E., too.

Xaviar

Council member Xaviar, impatient to build up Earth’s technology level gradually, travels back in time to help the Nazis.  So Troy, Dillon, and Jamie must follow him and prevent him from succeeding.  Fortunately, Jamie took her history lessons very seriously.

Xaviar

Oh, and some days Xaviar looks like this.

Wolfman Jack and a Cylon at a Halloween Party

The Cylons do land on Earth–at Halloween, where they encounter Wolfman Jack.  This picture says it all.

The axe fell after ten completed episodes, with few people to mourn the loss.

Over twenty years later, Ronald D. Moore had the Galactica discover Earth, but he did it properly.

A Scene from Revelations

In Revelations, a fourth season episode, the fleet discovers Earth, which is irradiated and in ruins.

A Scene from Daybreak

Yet, in the finale, Daybreak, the Galactica discovers a planet people agree to call Earth.  The scene you, O reader, see above, is set 150,000 years ago.

I knew that, despite my opinion of Galactica 1980, I would purchase a copy when it became available.  Maybe I am a sucker for science fiction with Lorne Greene in it.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 30, 2011 COMMON ERA

All images are screen caps I took via PowerDVD.