Galactica '78

Battlestar Funtopia, starring Dirk Benedict

November 1, 2006 at 9:44 am | Galactica '78

Doug says:

Actually, I’m not sure if it’s news… but I found it
interesting! YouTube’s got a new video featuring
Dirk Benedict playing himself as if he’s auditioning
for a new show called Battlestar Funtopia. I can’t
really explain it better than that. It’s very funny.
Dirk is hysterical. Thought you’d want to know.

Here’s the link:

CylonBum Widget

July 3, 2006 at 10:17 am | Galactica '78

CylonBum widget

Tasty Buffalo Design has uploaded a funny widget for fans of the original Battlestar Galactica show. It even has a moving cylon eye!

Thanks to Greg Perkins for this one!

Buy your very own Viper and Cylon Raider!

November 23, 2005 at 9:59 am | Galactica '78, Merchandise

Original Galactica models

Just in time for Christmas, ‘Profiles in History’ is putting two original Battlestar Galactica models — one viper, one cylon raider — up for auction on eBay.

These are the original miniatures created by effects legend John Dykstra and Apogee Effects to film several of the visual effects sequences in the original Galactica television show. If you’re a fan of the original show or visual effects in general, it’s definitely cool stuff. (Though, with bidding expected to start at $50,000, few fans will have a chance to participate.)

Here are the full details from the auction page:

From the classic science-fiction series of the late 1970s, we are pleased to present two original screen-used filming miniatures of the main fighter ships, each representing the apex of technology as realized by the Colonials and their arch-enemies, the Cylons. Both of these filming miniatures were created by John Dykstra and the crew of Apogee Effects.

The first is a Colonial Viper, which can be screen-identified as Starbuck’s Viper in the episode ‘The Young Lords’. It is during this episode that Starbuck is fired upon by the Cylons, and his Viper struck underneath causing him to crash-land on the Cylon-controlled world of Attila. While still in flight, Boomer flies underneath to inspect the damage and discovers that Starbuck’s ‘Anti-Burn Baffles’ are gone! This filming miniature is constructed of self-skinning foam, and measures 15 1/2 in. in length with studio-weathering and burn damage on the underside, which has been impregnated with metal shavings for realism. The figure in the cockpit represents Starbuck. This is one of only six miniature Vipers ever created, and prior to the damage incurred during this episode (during its pristine state), it was filmed for stock footage used throughout the series run. Of the six original Viper miniatures, this is the only one that can be specifically identified on-screen, due to the damage.

The companion piece offered here is an original Cylon Raider filming miniature, one of only four created for the series. Like the Viper, it is made of self-skinning foam, and measures 17 in. diameter at its widest point. The miniature features airbrushed detailing, such as black/grey shading on the upper surfaces to resemble carbon or other exhaust residue from flight, and two green pentagram symbols on the outer edge of each wing. Other than a single runner missing on the outside edge of the cockpit, it remains in near-pristine condition. This miniature was used throughout the series.

This is the first time that either a Viper or Cylon Raider miniature has ever been offered at public auction, and may be the only opportunity a collector might ever have to acquire one of these rare filming miniatures. $50,000 - $60,000.

UPDATE: ‘Profiles in History’ is also selling some other cool Galactica items: an original Cylon Centurion costume, a costume made for Adama (but worn by Tigh), a matte painting of the port flight pod, and most interestingly a “Model T” viper.

eBay: Starbuck Viper and Cylon Raider filming miniatures

Katee Sackhoff casts doubt on future Starbuck/Starbuck pairing

November 11, 2005 at 10:49 am | Battlestar News, Galactica '78, Cast & Crew

In a recent interview with TV Zone, Katee Sackhoff seems to put an end to any future on-screen pairing with Dirk Benedict, the actor who originated the Starbuck role in Galactica ‘78:

“If you add up the amount of time Dirk Benedict spent playing the character, not the years obviously but the number of episodes, I’m more Starbuck than he is, so put that in your pipe and smoke it.”

It’s the kind of fighting talk that Starbuck’s famous for, and Sackhoff certainly shares her character’s feisty tendencies. She’s not afraid to say what she thinks, which is something Dirk Benedict should have known before he decided to lay into the new version of his famous character. While Richard Hatch, who played Apollo in the original series, has become a regular in the cast, Benedict has been openly critical of Battlestar’s new incarnation, and Sackhoff positively bristles when she talks about her predecessor.

“If Dirk pitched up to work on the show I’d probably quit,” she says. “I met him in Los Angeles and I thought we’d really hit it off, he was a great guy, he was very complimentary and very un-Hollywood. Then he turned around a month later and talked complete crap about the show and the actors on it. He wrote an article saying the network sold out and my character was more brash than his character.

“I felt like he’d stabbed me in the back. I know that sounds like me being very sensitive but I felt very befriended by him, then I read that about a month later.”

And, yesterday, the Huntsville Times published an interview with Dirk Benedict. It doesn’t mention the Starbuck issue specifically, but it’s an interesting read. (Benedict will be appearing at the NovaconUSA sci-fi convention this weekend.)

TV Zone: What Katee Did
The Huntsville Times: Dirk Benedict

The Battlestar Galactica Drinking Game

October 11, 2005 at 9:37 am | Galactica '78

Just ran across a drinking game for the original Battlestar Galactica. If you’re a fan of the old show like me, you’ll find this quite hilarious.

  • Whenever a Cylon says “By your command.” — 1 drink
  • Someone takes the name of “The Lords of Kobol” in vain. — 1 drink
  • Anyone uses a “colonialism.” (I.e., centon, micron, daggit, furlon, cubit, etc.) — 1 drink
  • The Council of the Twelve makes a really stupid decision. — 1 drink
  • The destruction of a Raider or Viper actually coincides with when the lasers apparently struck it. — 2 drinks
  • Starbuck comes up with a cunning plan to get rich quick, only to see it go up in smoke. — 2 drinks
  • Rigel says something other than “Transferring control to all vipers. Launch when ready.” — 3 drinks
  • You actually see Starbuck romancing a woman (Cassiopea does not count) — 3 drinks
  • Someone OTHER than Starbuck or Apollo has to make a forced landing on a planet. (We know. It never happens. But, we can always hope.) — 4 drinks
  • You actually see one of those battle jackets buttoned. (We dare you to find even one fastener closed.) — 4 drinks
  • Someone actually makes a reference to life before the Destruction AFTER the first three episodes (or first, depending on what version you are playing with.) — 4 drinks
  • A one-shot character, who allegedly has a long history with one of the main characters, comes out of nowhere, throwing the whole known history of the character in doubt. Take four MORE drinks if the character was believed to be dead. Take ANOTHER five drinks if it was obvious that the one-shot character was created for a “name” guest star. Take ANOTHER six drinks if the main character in question is NOT Starbuck. (Warning: Watching “The Living Legend” will get you totally smashed under this rule since Commander Cain counts for 18 drinks)

There are two drinking games for the new show, but both are very short: take a drink when Colonel Tigh drinks. Ha ha!

Pretty funny, but we really need a new version of this game. Comment below with your ideas for a new BSG Drinking Game!

Shots of Starbuck, Sheeba, and Tigh at Screen Heroes 2005

October 10, 2005 at 8:32 am | Galactica '78, Cast & Crew

Low attended the recent Screen Heroes 2005 conference in Utrecht, Netherlands and took some great shots of the original BSG cast, including Starbuck, Apollo/Tom Zarek, Sheba, and Colonel Tigh:

UPDATE: At our request, Low has posted a few more shots of the original BSG cast to his Screen Heroes photoset.

Frak… I’m in a Cylon suit!

August 25, 2005 at 7:27 am | Galactica '78, Merchandise

Someone is selling a gold-colored Cylon suit modeled after the original Cylons that appeared in Galactica ‘78 (and made a brief cameo in the new BSG miniseries).

The current bid is at $510, with 10 active bidders. Bidding ends at Aug-19-05 11:32:58 PDT.

Cylon suit

eBay: Battlestar Galactica Cylon Armor suit chromed prop look

Battlestar MUSH

August 14, 2005 at 11:52 pm | Galactica '78

Ok, time for our first post about the original Battlestar Galactica television show. (For those of you who don’t know, Battlestar Galactica is based on a short-lived, but highly-loved television series which aired during the late 70s.)

Over the weekend, I discovered Battlestar MUSH.

Battlestar MUSH

A MUSH is a text-based game played online with other people. The letters in MUSH stand for “Multi-User Shared Hallucination”. Battlestar MUSH, as the name implies, is a MUSH that takes place in the world of 1978 version of Battlestar Galactica.

To play the game, connect to Battlestar MUSH via telnet at or Once there, you’ll need to spend some time creating a character. (Take the game seriously… I tried to skimp on my character’s description and the Battlestar MUSH admins gave me a hard time.)

Once your character is approved, the game starts and you can choose which vessel in the “rag tag” fleet you’d like to be posted on. After that, it’s all up to you!

Battlestar MUSH