Trailer Trash #5: Battlestar Galactica – The Second Coming (1999)

Followers of Battlestar Galactica are split into two groups: Fans of the old, and fans of the new. If you class Starbuck as a woman, think Adama is a bad ass, and prefer serious drama to laughable schlock, then you’ll be a fan of the new version. I don’t wish to disparage devotees of the original, which was created by Glen A. Larson in 1978, but there’s just no competition. It was a well-intentioned show that was certainly ahead of its time, but the remake is in another universe entirely.

The first Galactica has become a nostalgic curiosity, with a pretty amazing theme tune, but Larson squandered the potential of his man vs. machine story at every turn. Sorry to ruffle a few feathers, but seeing a Cylon Centurion riding a horse was just the final straw.

Richard Hatch is known to viewers of the re-imagined series as shifty terrorist leader Tom Zarek, but he was the heroic Apollo in the 70’s incarnation. Over the years, Hatch’s love for BSG led to a series of attempts to reboot the franchise. The Second Coming was the most elaborate. In truth, this isn’t a real pilot…it’s just the trailer. Hatch put his own house on the line just to pay for the short. While he was ultimately unsuccessful – the show was reborn in 2004 under the guidance of Ronald D. Moore – his enthusiasm landed him a memorable role on the new show.

As a glorified fan film, The Second Coming isn’t so bad. The effects are sub-par and it’s cheesier than a bag of Quavers, but Hatch’s passion and hard work should be commended – he did well with the resources he had. If nothing else, it will give you renewed respect for what Moore achieved with his remake. So say we all?


About Dave James

Editor-in-Chief @ Film freak, music minion, professional procrastinator.
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