Wednesday, March 15, 2017


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.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Imperious Leader vs. The Supreme Leader

...just a quick mention...!

Is it just me, or is The Supreme Leader from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) **very similar** to The Imperious Leader from Battlestar Galactica (1978 - 79)?  Both of these evil characters (with **remarkably** similar names!) are mostly obscured by shadows and reside in a darkened chamber.  Both characters are depicted atop gigantic thrones / pedestals and "lord it over" their visitors.  Below are photos of both characters:
The Imperious Leader and a Cylon - Battlestar Galactica (1978 - 79)
The Supreme Leader and Kylo Ren - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Battlestar Galactica is copyright (c) NBC / Universal; created by Glen A. Larson.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is copyright (c) Lucasfilm / Disney.
Star Wars - created by George Lucas.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Out of Uniform - Jeffrey Jones

Re: VOYAGERS! opening credits.  I wonder why the producers chose to use a screen shot of Meeno Peluce not wearing his familiar red & white shirt - his Voyager "uniform"?  The clip they used is from episode #7 ("The Day the Rebs Took Lincoln").  Meeno looks pretty snappy in his houseboy - tuxedo though, doesn't he?

Meeno Peluce as Jeffrey Jones - Voyagers!
Voyagers! is copyright (c) NBC / Universal; created by James D. Parriott.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Captain Apollo meets Captain Crane!

 Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo on Battlestar Galactica) and David Hedison (Captain Crane on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) both guest-star on the 2-hour CANNON episode ("The Star") - aired on December 10, 1975.

Richard Hatch and David Hedison
Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo -
 Battlestar Galactica

David Hedison as Captain Lee Crane -
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea