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RIP Richard Hatch, BSG’s Original Apollo

Richard Hatch, the man who originated the role of Apollo on the 1978 version of Battlestar Galactica, has passed away at age 71. He joined the cast of the 2003 reboot as terrorist/political leader Tom Zarek.

He was no stranger to genre film (particularly the B-grade variety) and had appeared in the legally questionable Prelude to Axnar (and was set to appear in the full version, had that gone through).

In addition to acting, Hatch wrote a number of novels set in BSG universe. In 1999 he attempted his own reboot of the show that made him famous, producing a trailer for Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming.

He is survived by his son, Paul.

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Effects World Loses Two Greats, Gary Hutzel & Tony Dyson


Visual Effects genius and the man behind the effects of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, Gary Hutzel, has passed away at age 60. Mr. Hutzel, who was nominated for 20 Emmy awards and won four, was also the FX lead for the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Caprica, and Defiance.

MV5BODYwOTM5NDkzN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjMwMDMyODE@._V1_UY317_CR51,0,214,317_AL_In other news, the man who built R2-D2, Tony Dyson has also died. After his work on Star Wars, Mr. Dyson set up two clubs in the UK to allow people to build their own R2 units. Builders from those clubs were the ones that built the R2-D2 prop used in last year’s The Force Awakens.

Holy Frak, Remastered Original BSG Looks Good!

It’s just a demo reel, so don’t go hunting on Amazon for a remastered edition just yet.

I have to say, I wasn’t too sure about the remastering job they were doing to the original Star Trek, but after having watched a few episodes, I can honestly say they are an actual improvement (and not just a “Lucasing” of the old material).

I genuinely hope they go ahead with this since the old series  relied heavily on recycled stock shots throughout its short run.

Speculative Fiction’s Best (and Worst) Politicians

It’s the first Tuesday in November, and for those of us in the States, that means Election Day!

If anyone else is living in a “Battleground State” like I am, you too are probably done with the whole affair. In an attempt to lift the mood here’s a list of the five best and five worst politicians and leaders in Science Fiction and Fantasy. While things could be better, they could also be a lot worse!.

BTW: Don’t find the political figure you think should make the list? Leave a comment and tell us why.

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