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Hatch Talks About Sci-Fi

'Battlestar Galactica' star discusses the new series, Star Trek and life

In a recent interview conducted by Ian M. Cullen, "Battlestar Galactica" star Richard Hatch discussed a wide range of topics.

Hatch's dedication to bringing back the series was most striking. During fan conventions, he realized how much support and interest there was in seeing a revival. He soon began working on a way to bring the show back. "I took my ideas and the premise behind the series, as well as some artist sketches to an executive at the USA studios," he said. "The executive told me that he thought it was a really good idea, but the only problem was that he could not envisage what it would look like on the screen.

"So at this point I threw myself into making 'Battlestar Galactica' the second coming trailer. This was really exciting for me and I had people coming from all over the world who wanted to be involved with my production. Somehow everyone I worked with was so passionate about the project. I, myself, had such belief in 'Battlestar Galactica' that I actually levied my own home and maxed out all of my credit cards to make the trailer. There are times in life where you do the most illogical things for something you believe in, and I still have a great deal of belief in 'Battlestar Galactica'."

Despite his interest in seeing "Battlestar Galactica" return to the small screen, Hatch is not happy with the direction the Sci-Fi Channel is taking the new revamped series. "The fans in all the polls all around the world want a revival and what Sci-Fi is proposing is not a revival!. What they want is to see the characters and the storylines from the original series continued only 24 years from where the series left off. I'm sure that Ron Moore is a very talented writer, but the networks really need to listen to what the fans are telling them, because it is these people, the fans, that pay their wages."

Discussing science fiction in general, Hatch commented, "I feel Battlestar Galactica and other shows like it offer their audiences around the world both challenge and entertainment value. This is that something special you do not get from most other genres on TV. A rare gift, a chance to use your mind, to compare science fiction and science fact. It is the combination of these elements in science fiction that hold the people's interest."

Hatch also offered his own opinion about the Star Trek franchise. "I am a big fan of science fiction and a big fan of 'Star Trek.' However, in my opinion 'Star Trek' is in a very strange place right now, and I think that it could be telling much better stories than it actually is. The trouble with 'Star Trek' right now is that they have made too many shows too close together and I think it has had an effect on the stories. It almost seems as if the producers and the network are trying to squeeze the last remnants of juice from the apple! I feel that they would have been better off if they had given the 'Star Trek' franchise a few years break and come back with a new team of fresh writers and producers for the series."

More on Hatch's "Battlestar Galactica" novels, new series project "The Great War of Magellan," and his personal motivation workshops can be found in the entire interview here.

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