My next article for bleedingfool.com will take a look at the two versions of Battlestar Galactica. I'm still putting the finishing touches on it and I just realized that the original series went off the air almost exactly 30 years ago.
Geez, I'm old.
As part of my research, I've been re-watching it, so I may come back to the topic from time to time, since I'm going to go through it at a leisurely pace, rather than binge-watching.
I'll have more to say in the article, but I have to say that even with the limitations of the special effects, it's pretty good and far from being a Star Wars clone, it uses some concepts that later Star Wars movies will borrow. Even stuff that I've long thought of as a cheesy sop to the audience (the little kid and his robot dog), make more sense as an author, since they allow the writers to have more space to be creative.
Plus, children would be an issue when looking at a refugee fleet. Everyone hated Wesley Crusher because he was insufferable but also because warships shouldn't have nurseries.
But it makes sense on the Galactica, which is now the capital of a floating city. And the plot line of broken and rebuilding families is an important one. In fact, having watched the pilot/movie, I have to say it's a lot darker than I remember.
In the first 30 minutes or Adama loses his wife, younger son, and civilization. Pretty rough and they don't soft-pedal it, either. Yet it was still viewed a highly kid-appropriate. I guess we were tougher back then.
Anyhow, I'll post a notice here when I finish and it goes live.