I just want to acknowledge the passing of actor Richard Hatch, best known for his role on the original Battlestar Galactica. The show aired on television in 1978, a year after the great success of Star Wars: A New Hope. All these years later it remains one of my all time favorite television shows. Richard Hatch is a big reason for that. His portrayal of Captain Apollo really helped to elevate an already great show. Battlestar Galactica had a great cast, which included Jane Seymour, Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict, which was led admirably by Richard Hatch.
This great show was on the air for only one season, but what a season it was. It goes down as one of the great science fiction shows on television. It contained great characters, great storylines and incredible special effects. But the focal point of the show was always on the characters and their relationships with one another. I applaud Richard Hatch’s effects over the years as he attempted to keep the show alive, despite being shot down numerous times.
Although he had a long and varied acting career, he will forever be known to me for part in Battlestar Galactica. Goodbye Richard Hatch.
Blade Runner is a flawed, but brilliant and beautiful movie. I can not get enough of this film. Since it’s release in 1982 I have watched it at least once every year. In Blade Runner director Ridley Scott helped to create a story so full of potential. As much as I love Harrison Ford’s portrayal of Rick Deckard, there are so many other stories to tell beyond this lone Blade Runner.
I can not understand why some fans over the years have absolutely rejected the idea of any sequels. There are other Blade Runners out there retiring replicants. Perhaps some of them actual enjoy the work. Perhaps others have been careless and accidentally retired humans. What about the beginning of the Blade Runner units? How about past and future generations of replicants. What came before the Nexus 6 models and what would come after? In The Terminator the T-800 was cool until we saw the far superior T-1000 in T2. There are so many stories to tell in the Blade Runner universe, why not explore them?
Perhaps some fans are afraid of a bad sequel. Even if that were to happen it would take nothing away from the brilliance of the original. Highlander and The Terminator are great movies which have been followed by a sequels of varying quality. Highlander 2 and Terminator 3 are really bad movies, but they do not lessen the impact or appeal of the originals. The first sequel to Blade Runner is currently in preproduction. I hope that it successfully expands the wonderful universe that Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford helped birth.
I may be the only Star Wars fan in the world NOT excited about the impending release of the newest movie in the franchise. Let me just say that I am a HUGE fan of the Star Wars movies. Like many young boys in 1977, seeing Star Wars changed my life. For a long time the original series was my favorite trilogy of all time. The Lord of the Rings had since taken the top spot, but there is no shame in being second.
On paper The Force Awakens sounds like a winner, J. J. Abrams directing, (his reboot of Star Trek a few years back stands as one of the best sci fi movies in a long time), and the return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. However, with each trailer that I have seen I have become less and less excited. The new characters hold no appeal, the new R2 unit, or whatever it is, looks silly. Although it may be cool to see Han, Luke, Leia and Chewbacca at least one more time, the trailers leave me cold. I would rather see an all new cast of characters. There have to be thousands of stories to tell in the Star Wars universe that do not include characters from the first six movies.
So, will I be going to see The Force Awakens? Yes, I will, but my expections will be extremely low. The original Star Wars eventually became known as A New Hope, well I hope that the force is strong with this one.