|Except newer and cooler!|
The show was to be a continuation of the original 1978 series. I did this back around 1993. Right in the middle of what I consider to be a pinnacle decade for science fiction television programming. I was even trying to figure out how I would put such a thing together because the best that I had available to me was a super 8 mm film camera, access to MCAT, a public access channel, and a strong desire to save my shekels to buy a brand new Amiga Video Toaster set up. Sure, I could have done it. It would have been a giant fan film.
Personally I have a love/hate relationship with fan films. On one hand it's cool to see what people do with a franchise but on the other hand...let's just say I've seen waaaaay to many short films where two people dressed in poorly made Jedi Knight robes tromp around some wooded area and, eventually, try to recreate the Duel of Fate duel that happened in the Phantom Menace. Yeah, enough is enough.
SettingThe setting of my series took place about 20 years from tomorrow. I figured that it took about 20 years to find Earth. If The Galactica took off around 1978 they would have found Earth around 1998. Of course in my story (just like the horrible Galactica 1980) the inhabitants of Earth weren't ready to welcome their space fairing cousins. So they decide to hang out in the moons of Neptune, Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter and slowly try to get Earth to the point of being ready to accept the fact that the Universe doesn't revolve around them. The Galactica fleet does this by sending down advisors and getting them into top positions in governments around the world and try to get them to "guide" or "nudge" them towards a common goal. The goal was called Realization and that is where the series would have started. Of course, on the day that Realization happened the Cylons entered the scene.
One of the things that was important to me was the fact that the Galactica and it's fleet would have scientists on board so scientific progress would go on. Even when they were being pursued. Once they arrive in our solar system and are able to establish themselves they would advance even quicker.
As soon as they arrived they would have started mining the various moons of the gas giants for resources and they would have built space stations for the survivors in the fleet to live on. Eventually, knowing that the Cylons would someday show up, they would build ship yards and attempt to upgrade and bolster the fleet.
|Time for a refit!|
|We are variants!|
One of the thematic elements to the series was how ill prepared the Colonials are against the newly discovered Cylons. When they were upgrading all of the ships and systems it was against an enemy they had last encountered 20 years ago. When the Cylons make their appearance not only are their ships massively upgraded but there are so many of them. Tens of thousands of capital ships and millions of fighters
Other RacesBesides the humans and the Cylons there was going to be another major race of beings. It was a race
|Kind of like this...but cooler!|
The Colonials have an uneasy truce with these creatures because they intercepted them from going to Earth and taking humans captive as slaves and as food. Their was a brief but very bloody battle in which the lizard race sued for peace because they started losing their ships and, in order to survive, they needed time. Time (unknown to the Colonials) to steal Colonial technology and upgrade their own fleet.
When the Cylons attack this race of reptiles become allies.
|There's more where we came from!|
Meanwhile the forward scouting Cylons begin sorties into our solar system to gauge our strength, dismantle any security measures and prepare for the imminent invasion.
It is interesting going back and looking over all my old notes and I'm regretful I never did try and make this series. Maybe now is the time. I don't know.