First, I am saddened by the passing of Glen Larson and wish his family well.I remember watching Battlestar Galactica in 1978 hoping that when they
finally found earth, it would be the earth of the Star Trek milieu with the
federation. Otherwise, I really didn't want them leading the Cylons to
earth of our day. I fantasied about the encounter between the Galactica, its
vipers, and the civilian fleet it led, meeting up with Kirk and Spock and the
Enterprise as their first contact with the earth they sought.Merriam-Webster has the definition of nihilism as:1a : a viewpoint that
traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and
uselessb : a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and
especially of moral truths2a : a doctrine or belief that conditions in
the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own
sake independent of any constructive program or possibilityb capitalized :
the program of a 19th century Russian party advocating revolutionary reform and
using terrorism and assassinationI don't know. I had trouble
watching more than the first few shows of the reboot.
Growing up in an anti-Science Utah Mormon culture, Glen A. Larson and his
Battle Star Galactica kept my education and testimony in the Gospel solid during
my college years...you CAN be Religious and Scientific at the same
time...truth is truth.Godspeed you Brother Larson.
I did not know he was LDS....amazing....I loved those shows.....
I remeber both the original and the reboot. In the original, I couldn't
tear myself away from the TV. The reboot was okay but I stopped watching after a
few months. It just didn't have the same magic the original did. At least,
that's how it was for me.
I used to watch Battle Star Galactica sometimes. I didn't like it that
much it was kind of boring. In my mind I was comparing it to Star Track and it
wasn't nearly as good.
I never knew Glen Larsen was LDS. I am not a Sci-Fi person, so didn't get
into Battlestar Galactica, but I did watch Buck Rogers (don't ask me what
the difference is, I don't know, I just liked it better) and Magnum P.I.
was my favorite.
“Battlestar Galactica,” in essence, was Mormons in space. - Jim
BennettBoy, am I glad they didn't call it "Mormons in
Any true fan of the show will remember that comparisons were made more with Star
Trek than Star Wars. I can't remember the magazine name, but I sure do
remember the front page headline "Will Enterprise bump of the
Galactica?" They were both TV series. Star Wars was not. Star Trek Phase 2
was in the works as a TV series. The motion picture came out instead.The ScyFy Channel version was interesting. But I would prefer to have seen a
reboot based upon what Richard Hatch was promoting, which more closely resembled
the original series.
Glen Larsen was in our ward in Pasadena. He wrote the music and script for a
roadshow that we did. He was also a song writer and had a successful singing
group called the Four Preps. Also in our stake was the former head of the
Pasadena Playhouse and a Hollywood set designer. We had some really fun and
professional roadshows. Want to express my sadness of the loss to his family.
@Johnny Triumph and CreaverThanks guys. I’ll take your word
and stand corrected on the original series (I do remember thinking it was cute,
but I was around 8).But I stand by the comment about Jim’s not
understanding what the word ‘nihilism’ means. And for a guy who
apparently is quite familiar with the reboot, that is even more inexcusable.
Again, if he doesn’t like it because it was a more realistic and
‘adult’ version, fine… just say that. But I’m at a loss
to explain how, given what Creaver said, he thinks the reboot was irreligious
and meaningless (again, look up the definition of nihilism). Have
you guys watched the reboot? If so, what do you think of his characterization of
@Creaver - I completely agree with you.@Tyler - You obviously never
watched any of the original series if you think that there was no content that
was morally or socially relevant...that was the whole point of the original
show. Go back and watch a little and you'll see moral relevance.
Tyler D, at his blog at stallioncornell.com, Jim reviewed every single episode
of the new Galactica series, including the finale. He's quite familiar with
it, and reboot series creator Ron Moore even commented on much of what he wrote.
However, your comment that the original is merely a "campy imitation of the
George Lucas franchise" makes it clear that you are unfamiliar with the
original series, something you admit you only remember from childhood. Maybe you ought to break out the old series on DVD and give ol' Jim a
Art imitates life. And the art was fiction.
Thank you jim for this article. I think the original Battlestar Galactica was a
pretty cool show for its time. I also think what Larsen did with his references
to Mormonism were very respectful of the religion he practice and not mocking
in any way. A far cry from most TV's shows and movies that reference
I always thought there must have been a Mormon connection with "Battlestar
Galactica." It's too bad good wholesome entertainment such as that
can't find a sufficient audience to be commercially successful. Maybe
Netflix can add those series to their offering.
This is a lazy and confused article that perhaps can be forgiven in light of Mr.
Bennett’s delight at seeing his not so concealed beliefs portrayed on
television.But his throwing under the bus of the terrific and far
superior reboot of what was originally a campy imitation of the George Lucas
franchise is inexcusable. First, Jim is either completely unfamiliar
with the BSG reboot or he’s confused on the definition of
‘nihilism’ (see definition). The reboot was steeped in religious
themes and was anything but meaningless (he certainly missed the finale if he
thinks otherwise). I suspect his confusion comes from the common misconception
of conflating ‘gritty & realistic’ with nihilistic.I
can understand anyone with G or PG sensibilities being turned off by the TV MA
realities portrayed in the reboot, but in its four year run it was the most
topical and meaningful show on the air (dealing with such relevant topics as
terrorism, torture, privacy, government authority… the list is long). Granted my recollection is through the eyes of a young child, but I
recall nothing socially or morally relevant in the cheesy original series.
Magnum P.I. - Enough said.