Sunday, July 17, 2016

Is BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ("The Hand of God") a spoof of STAR WARS: A New Hope?

Battlestar Galactica - "The Hand of God" (Aired 4/29/79)
I consider Battlestar Galactica (1978 - 79) to be the best science fiction TV series of the 1970s by a wide margin.  I was a huge fan of the show when it originally aired and I appreciate it even more in the 21st century.

The Battlestar Galactica episode "The Hand of God" (4/29/79) - the last episode of BSG; written and directed by Donald P. Bellisario, is a great episode and a strong candidate for the Best Stand-Alone episode of the entire short-lived series.  I've always gotten a **tremendous** kick out of several scenes (and lines of dialogue) in this episode that **might** be (gently!) poking fun at Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) - the main inspiration for Battlestar Galactica and a source of litigation between 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios.

If you can't beat 'em - join 'em!  :-)

This (mostly) tongue-in-cheek photo essay (with Subtitles!) briefly highlights 8 points of similarity - intentional or not - between Star Wars: A New Hope and Battlestar Galactica ("The Hand of God").

Below is the exciting Opening Teaser / Trailer for Battlestar Galactica ("The Hand of God").  View it on YouTube HERE:


1).  A major plot point of both Star Wars: A New Hope and BSG: ("The Hand of God") is the reception of a mysterious "message" that is the impetus for much of the action.  In Star Wars: A New Hope, Luke Skywalker discovers a garbled message in R2-D2's memory circuits (which he later learns is a message from Princess Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi).  In BSG: ("The Hand of God"), the Colonial Warriors discover a mysterious garbled message / signal (from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing):

Star Wars: A New Hope - Luke Skywalker discovers
a mysterious garbled message...

Battlestar Galactica ("The Hand of God") - The Galactica
intercepts a mysterious garbled message...
2).  How often do sci-fi characters play with TOYS?!?  Check it out - both Star Wars: A New Hope and BSG: ("The Hand of God") feature scenes where characters "play with toys" (!):

Star Wars: A New Hope - Luke Skywalker plays with a toy starfighter
while C-3P0 watches ("Toys, Luke?").

Battlestar Galactica ("The Hand of God") - Adama studies
a miniature replica of a Cylon Base Star while Baltar watches and mocks him

("Toys, Adama?").
3).  In the Opening Teaser for BSG: ("The Hand of God"), a dramatic voice over by Colonel Tigh gives a dead-on description of the capabilities of both The Death Star and the Cylon Base Star ("She's an orbiting killer, capable of destroying every ship we have."):

("That's no moon....it's a Cylon Base Star!") :-)
4).  Both Star Wars: A New Hope and BSG: ("The Hand of God") feature a "strategy session" scene where the Rebels / Colonial Warriors decide a course of action against The Death Star / Cylon Base Star:

Star Wars: A New Hope

Battlestar Galactica ("The Hand of God")

("Man your ships...and May the Force be With You!")  :-)
5). There is some very fun dialogue between Starbuck and Cassiopeia in BSG: ("The Hand of God") that **might** be a send-up of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo's rescue of Princess Leia from her captivity aboard The Death Star.  Cassiopeia says ("...you're probably going to find some beautiful female prisoner to rescue on that base star!").  Starbuck replies ("Come on., that's crazy.")  :-)




Battlestar Galactica: ("The Hand of God") - Starbuck and
Cassiopeia discuss the improbable (or perhaps the
inevitable)...!  :-)




Star Wars: A New Hope
LOL! :-)
6).  In both Star Wars: A New Hope and BSG: ("The Hand of God"), the Star Warriors / Colonial Warriors infiltrate The Death Star / Cylon Base Star and wreak havoc...!:

Star Wars: A New Hope - The Star Warriors
infiltrate The Death Star and raise some Hell...!

BSG: "The Hand of God" - Apollo and Starbuck
infiltrate the Cylon Base Star and raise some Hell...!
7).  At the conclusion of both Star Wars: A New Hope and BSG: ("The Hand of God"); The Death Star and the Cylon Base Star are destroyed in a terrific explosion:

Star Wars: A New Hope - The Death Star explodes!
  VICTORY!

Battlestar Galactica: ("The Hand of God") -
The Cylon Base Star explodes!

  VICTORY!
8).  To celebrate the victory, both Star Wars: A New Hope and BSG: ("The Hand of God") have a celebration in which the heroes are awarded Medals.  BSG: ("The Hand of God") doesn't show the awards ceremony (probably due to budget or time constraints), opting instead for a "quiet" ending...: 


Star Wars: A New Hope - Celebration!


Battlestar Galactica ("The Hand of God") 
Star Wars: A New Hope - created, written and directed by George Lucas; copyright (c) LucasFilm and 20th Century Fox.
Battlestar Galactica - created by Glen A. Larson; copyright (c) NBC / Universal.

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