@macromeh This is one I want on a wall plaque, because it bears a certain logic: “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.”
@duodec@RiotDemon@sammydog01 The new one got much, much worse, they added in rape and torture, just in case they weren’t being grimdark enough. And for the final episode they just gave up and threw crap on the screen, a lot like Lost.
@aetris@RiotDemon It seemed to me (even as a teenager) that the original series had an ongoing bet between the writers for who could do the worst ripoff of a classic movie. The western episode with the Cylon sheriff is up there. But the winner has to be “The Dirty Dozen take out The Guns of Navarone on Ice Station Zebra”. They even stretched it into a two-parter.
Both shows had good bits though, and I love the ships from both of them.
Oh yea, in the pilot, the Cylons executed Baltar after he betrayed the humans. Shame they undid that for the series. He was almost as annoying, feeble and ineffective as Dr. Smith was on Lost in Space. (The old one, I gave up on the new one after a few ridiculous episodes.)
@blaineg - I hear that Glen Larson stole so many plots his nickname was “Glen Larceny.” I didn’t really mind the Guns of Navarone ripoff, but when they did a Western-themed episode I knew the series was finished. Going Western was the equivalent of jumping the shark after the early '60s. It was fast to get to a Western in half a season - it took Star Trek 3 seasons to get there.
I still have mixed emotions about Jonathan Harris’ performances - in BOTH Lost in Space AND Battlestar Galactica!
@blaineg - I’m on board with you and @duodec on the reboot. I watched a good part of that episode where the new Starbuck slaps some captured Cylon spiritualist around and realized I had better things to do with my life!