Monday, April 23, 2007

All This Has Happened Before, All This Will Happen Again

I may have mentioned once or twice that BattleStar Galactica is my favorite currently running TV show. So it was back in 1978, when the original version of BSG was on the air. It was a popular show to parody; I remember seeing a spoof on The Donny and Marie Show, and I owned the issue of MAD Magazine with the BSG satire.

A lesser known take-off was "BattleShip Ethnica", another goofy SuperHost skit that was viewed by a lot of people in northeastern Ohio, a few in western Pennsylvania, and pretty much no one anywhere else. It's not one of Supe's better skits, but there was something about his performance as Commander Anemia that made me sit up.

On of the running themes in the new BSG revolves around a prophecy which states that "all this has happened before; all this will happen again". Check out Commander Anemia: He act more like Edward James Olmos than Lorne Greene, and he communicates with the bridge via telephone. TELEPHONE.

Think about it. In 1978, science fiction shows just didn't use telephone technology. It was too backwards, and too familiar, to fit in with an advanced alien society. In 2003, when reimagined BSG debuted, telephones became an important part of the show's human society. They are meant to be more like us, hence they speak through telephones and shoot bullets instead of laser beams. SuperHost, back in 1978, presaged Edward James Olmos as William Adama.

The prophecy has been fulfilled; the circle is complete.

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