Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Seeing Red

Red West and Elvis Presley in 1971

The late Red West (1936 - 2017) wore many hats throughout his long career.  Aside from being a founding member of Elvis Presley's inner circle known as the "Memphis Mafia" (and Elvis' personal bodyguard), he was a talented songwriter, an author, a karate instructor, stuntman, boxer and a prolific character actor who made unforgettable appearances on several classic Sci-Fi shows.  He made three appearances (playing different characters) on The Greatest American Hero and also appeared on Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man, The "New" Twilight Zone and many other shows.  Here are some highlights from his genre appearances.

Red West guest-stars on
  The "New" Twilight Zone
("The Once and Future King")
- he plays Elvis Presley's boss in
this time-travel themed episode

Red West guest-stars on
Battlestar Galactica
("The Lost Warrior")


Red West guest-stars on
The Greatest American Hero
("Here's Looking at You, Kid")


Red West guest-stars on
The Greatest American Hero
("It's All Downhill From Here")


Red West guest-stars on
The Greatest American Hero
("Desperado")

All photos and quoted dialogue are used for illustrative purposes only and are copyright (c) the respective copyright holders.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Miri

Both Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica feature young women named Miri.  On Star Trek ("Miri" - written by Adrian Spies; directed by Vincent McEveety), Miri is played by Kim Darby.

On Battlestar Galactica ("The Young Lords" - written by Donald Bellisario, Frank Lupo and Paul Playton; directed by Donald Bellisario) Miri is played by Audrey Landers.

Interestingly, both productions deal with children left to fend for themselves on a hostile planet.  Also, Star Trek's Miri falls in love with Captain Kirk, while Battlestar Galactica's Miri is interested in Lt. Starbuck.

Star Trek ("Miri")
 - Kim Darby and Michael J. Pollard

Battlestar Galactica ("The Young Lords")
- Audrey Landers and Dirk Benedict


Battlestar Galactica is copyright (c) NBC / Universal; created by Glen A. Larson.
Star Trek is copyright (c) CBS / Paramount; created by Gene Roddenbery.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Battlestar: JFK ("Let the word go forth...")

Commander Adama (Lorne Greene) quotes from President John F. Kennedy's inauguration speech ("Let the word go forth...") in this unforgettable scene from the Battlestar Galactica pilot movie ("Saga of a Star World").

("Let the word go forth...")

("...let the word go forth...")

Battlestar Galactica is copyright (c) and trademark NBC / Universal; created by Glen A. Larson.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Take a QUANTUM LEAP into BUCK ROGERS





The BIONIC WOMAN episode "Canyon of Death" (airdate: April 14, 1976) features a fun (totally unintentional) peek into the near-future of science fiction television when Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) explains the functions of a high-tech flying suit ("...and now, we're gonna take a quantum leap into Buck Rogers.").  QUANTUM LEAP starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993 and
BUCK ROGERS in the 25th CENTURY starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray
aired on NBC from 1979 to 1981.



The Bionic Woman is copyright (c) and trademark NBC / Universal; created by Kenneth Johnson.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, STAR WARS and STAR TREK Comics Cover Credits - Intrigued by the small details...

I'm often intrigued by the small details - things that someone might look at every day but not really take much notice of.  In recent days, I've become intrigued by the Marvel Comics of Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, and Star Trek - in the 1970s, Marvel Comics published adaptations of the initial movie(s), followed by ongoing stories.

Of all three series - only Battlestar Galactica creator Glen A. Larson received "Cover Credit" on each and every issue of Marvel's Battlestar Galactica comic book.  Conversely, neither George Lucas or Gene Roddenberry have "Cover Credit".

I wonder why this happened?  Did (the late) Glen Larson have the foresight to simply ASK for Cover Creator Credit...and George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry didn't?  Glen Larson had a reputation as a very savvy businessman - is his Cover Creator Credit on Marvel's Battlestar Galactica comics an example of his business acumen?  More to the point, did Larson have **any** involvement with Marvel's Battlestar Galactica comics - or was the deal done entirely by the licensing department at Universal Studios?

I've read many of the various Battlestar Galactica comics that have been published by various publishers over the past few decades (Maximum Press, Realm Press, Dynamite Entertainment).  Interestingly enough, only the Marvel issues gave Glen Larson Cover Credit - none of the other publishers did.

Below are the Covers of Battlestar Galactica #2, Star Wars #2 and Star Trek #2 - all published by Marvel Comics back in the day.  Notice the "Created By" Banner on Battlestar Galactica and the complete lack of Creator Cover Credits on both Star Wars and Star Trek.

Note: The Top Banner that reads:
("Based on the first episode of the TV series Battlestar Galactica;
written and created by Glen Larson.")
Note: George Lucas receives credit on the inside
Title Page - but not on the Cover.
Note: Gene Roddenberry receives credit
on the inside Title Page - but not on the Cover.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

FASHION DEJA VU: Dr. Zee vs. Commander Straker

Was Dr. Zee's wardrobe (and haircut!) inspired by Commander Straker from Gerry Anderson's UFO?  UFO (1970) was set in the year 1980...and when the real year 1980 rolled around, Galactica: 1980 premiered featuring Dr. Zee, a character dressed nearly identical to Commander Straker.

Dr. Zee (Galactica: 1980)

Commander Straker (UFO)
Battlestar Galactica / Galactica: 1980 is copyright (c) NBC / Universal; created by Glen A. Larson.
UFO is copyright (c) Carlton and Gerry Anderson Productions; created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nick Benedict(!) vs. Richard Hatch

I wonder which actor won this 1974 All My Children fan poll / contest ('Pick your favorite Phil Brent')?


Battlestar Galactica is copyright (c) NBC / Universal; created by Glen A. Larson.
All My Children is copyright (c) ABC / Capital Cities; created by Agnes Nixon.