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It’s Still Hard To Top ‘Battlestar Galactica’

PLUS: Where has Michael Hinman been all this time?


Well, I am coming in a little late, and I really feel bad about it, because the 10th anniversary of “Battlestar Galactica” is something I’ve been looking forward to for some time.

It’s hard to believe that it has been a decade since Syfy (then, the SciFi Channel) gave us the first look at a revamped Adama, Tigh, Boomer and especially Starbuck.

Yet for me, it was a bit bittersweet. At the time, original “Battlestar Galactica” fans who had no interest in this new series had found a platform to yell their issues quite loudly, and I honestly felt that this division in fandom would never be repaired. And maybe it hasn’t.

There are still some people who turn their back to me because of this site’s support of Ronald D. Moore’s “Battlestar Galactica” back when we were known as SyFy Portal. It really hurts me, because while I certainly understood these people’s desire to want to continue the show they had enjoyed a couple decades before, I still was excited with what Moore had brought to the table here.

And I don’t regret our support of “Battlestar Galactica,” even a decade later. What we have received from an amazing cast, an amazing crew, and a great network that gave this show a chance when it seemed no one else would, is something that is still talked about to this day. Seriously, how many shows are still compared to “Battlestar Galactica”? At least in my small world, quite a bit.

Heck, even my almost brother-in-law has discovered “Battlestar” for the first time recently on Netflix, being just 9 when it first premiered, and has binged watched his way all the way to the final season in the span of just a couple weeks.

I think “Battlestar” really changed science-fiction. It at least changed my view of it, and I feel opened our minds to all kinds of different programs — and what we expect from our television. SciFi quickly learned the monster they created, knowing they could no longer give us garbage like “Flash Gordon,” and instead had to think more along the lines of “Sanctuary,” “Alphas” and “Haven.” And even shows that might have been treated differently in the past had to be stellar, like “Eureka,” “Warehouse 13” and “Being Human.”

I don’t know if and when “Battlestar Galactica” will be replaced in our hearts. Or the unrecognized amazing talent of people like Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan … and that’s just part of the cast. Don’t even get me started on the crew.

Through the years, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with the cast, with the crew, and even visit sets — both the main ones, and New Caprica, during trips to Vancouver. And I’ve never seen a group of people love a show as much as those who worked on “Battlestar Galactica.”

I think “Defiance” has a lot of potential to be up there with “Battlestar Galactica,” but time will tell. Until then, happy anniversary “Battlestar Galactica.” I wish you were still on the air, but I still cherish every wonderful moment you gave me. And also for reminding me that even when life gets tough, it could’ve been worse — I could be spending my life on a ship, on the run from the Cylons, with only Gaius Baltar around to protect me.

So say we all.

I just wanted to make a quick note otherwise and apologize that I have been on and off for the past few months.

I really don’t want to get into my personal life on here, but there has been some health challenges occurring for someone who is very, very close to me. On top of that, I am acclimating to a new day job, my first time full-time back in newspapers — my true love — since 2010, and it’s taking me a little longer to balance my time there, my time needed to be there for someone I love deeply, and the websites.

I am changing that in January, by making sure I can create room not only for Airlock Alpha, 1701News and Rabid Doll, but also the return of Alpha Waves Radio in January.

It will only be once a month — but hey, that’s better than zero times a month, right?

I really do appreciate so many readers reaching out and wondering what happened to me. No, I am not retiring from the sites. Even after 15 years, I love being here for you, and so does the rest of the staff. And unlike other sites, we are not a large corporation, but instead fans who love what we do.

Thank you to our talented writers and editors who have worked to keep the ship afloat without warning while I have had to take some time. And I look forward to being right back here at the helm after the holidays.

As always, you can send questions, comments and complaints directly to me at mhinman@airlockalpha.com..

Happy holidays, and Merry Christmas!

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