The original “Battlestar Galactica” was created by Glen Larson in 1979 and began life, essentially, as a knock-off of “Star Wars.”
Despite that fact, the original series has always held a fond place in my heart because, while it started from somewhat humble origins, it began very quickly began to diverge from its source, becoming it’s own animal.
The Cylons were obviously guys in sliver-colored plastic suits–based on Storm Troopers from ‘Wars,’ but that did nothing to dampen my enthusiasm. I liked everything about them, except for their rotten aim and the way that it took three of them to pilot a Cylon Raider, which if you think about it makes absolutely no sense (an oversight corrected in the reboot) at all because usually computers are generally more efficient–though significantly less complex–than humans.
“Battlestar Galactica” lasted a season, and was followed by “Galactica 1980,” which seemed to exist to sully my memories of the original series.
When “Battlestar Galactica” ended its run a sequel was supposed to air, called “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.” This would take place before Moore and Eick’s series, and cover events prior to the reboot.
For some reason the project was canceled by the SciFi Channel (now known as SyFy–for reasons only their marketing department knows).
But now it’s back, soon airing as a series of webisodes on Machinima.