Weekend Viewing: Sciography - The Making of Battlestar Galactica (the other one)

This is Battlestar Galactica night, so here’s something that’s distantly related to the subject. In 2000, the Sci-Fi channel, which had not yet learned the glorious new truth that led it to rename itself “SyFy,” did a show called “Sciography,” where they did episodes about the making of some of the most popular science-fiction shows. The style was halfway between a parody of Biography and a slightly geekier copy of it. This episode is about the making of Battlestar Galactica, which at that time was the only Battlestar Galactica there ever was. It’s not the best BSG, but it is where the whole thing started, and the new, better BSG couldn’t have existed without the basic strength of that concept.

The episode ends with cast and crew discussing the possibility of a remake or movie version and the conflicts over what it should or shouldn’t be; Richard Hatch is the one advocating doing BSG as the kind of show it might have been, rather than the kind of show it was.


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