An Analytical Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica

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An Analytical Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica
An Analytical Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica
A book of the McFarland & Company line
Book No. 1
Author(s) John Kenneth Muir
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Published October 31, 2005
ISBN 0786424559
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An Analytical Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica (McFarland & Company, October 2005, ISBN 0786424559), by John Kenneth Muir.

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When the space drama Battlestar Galactica debuted on ABC in 1978, it was expected to be the most popular new program of the year. Instead, it was attacked as a Star Wars rip-off and canceled after a mere 17 stories. The author acknowledges the show was full of dramatic clichés and scientific inaccuracies, but despite these shortcomings, Battlestar Galactica was a dramatically resonant series full of unique and individual characters, such as Commander Adama (Lorne Greene) and ace warrior Captain Apollo (Richard Hatch).

The author contends that Battlestar Galactica was a memorable attempt to make science fiction accessible to mainstream television audiences. The brilliant work of artist John Dykstra brought a new world of special effects to network television. Battlestar Galactica also skillfully exploited legends and names from both the Bible and ancient mythology, which added a layer of depth and maturity to the weekly drama.


  • This book angered many Galactica fans due to Muir's assertion that Adama's military rule of the fleet was fascism.
  • There is an in-depth episode guide for both Battlestar Galactica and Galactica 1980.
  • Muir makes comparisons to other sci-fi shows such as Buck Rogers, Space: 1999, Star Trek, and Space: Above and Beyond.
  • Despite some factual errors, the book is well-researched overall. There is great detail given to the filmography of the various guest-stars that appeared on the series.
  • Muir argues that the crashed ship in War of the Gods was in fact the Battlestar Pegasus, despite the original script for the episode saying otherwise.
  • There is a section that lists every episode of Buck Rogers that uses Galactica props and stock footage.

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