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Old November 30th, 2010, 09:09 PM   #31
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For me, Battlestar and Buck Rogers had two great cameo moments. Battlestar with Fred Astaire and Buck Rogers with Buster Crabb (who played Buck Rogers in the 30's and still looked awesome in 1980... though he died not long after)

I am really torn which of the two cameos I liked best.

For Buck Rogers, you have the passing of the torch. Gil Girard (as Buck Rogers) is meeting Buster Crabb (as Col. Gordon... like Flash Gordon, another Crabb role).

SHEAR AWESOMENESS!

But then I am a big Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire fan. And here we have someone who I have seen in the big screen, that being Fred Astaire, and he is a good actor. A dancer first, but a good actor. And he is charming. I mean who better to show where Starbuck got his charm from than Fred Astaire... as a con man.

And apparently a womanizer as well, because Starbuck happened.

The episode kicks sideways from the exploring of planets and fighting Cylons or other races. Here we get to see life among the fleet. What it is like to see the civilian side of things. I liked that.

And you get to see the intra-fleet TV network. A nice touch.

You know if I had to demonstrate Battlestar Galactica in an episode, I probably wouldn't pick this one, but it soooo rounds out the feel of the show and balances out a lot. And for that reason it is one of those I like a lot.

Oohhh!!! Almost forgot. A few months ago Richard Hatch stopped in at a sci-fi convention in Plano. I'd seen Richard before but wanted to say hi and all. Always great to see him. So when I stepped over to his table, and got an autograph, I got it on a picture of him and Dirk, and Fred Astaire.

"Ahh it amazes me that more people don't pick that picture" he starts off by saying "maybe because it is a black and white print, but it was a joy to work with Fred Astaire." And he talked about how Fred was very quiet, but friendly to work with. Said that from his experience those that are truly big don't act big. He said that was the way of Fred Astaire. He was a big man, a great man, and well, he didn't act it.

That was just what I wanted to hear. Sometimes I find myself asking some stars about other stars that I never got to meet, as if a way to meet that other star second hand. Richard's moment of story telling was cool about Fred Astaire.

Now if I ever meet Gil, I hope he can tell me about Mr. Crabb.
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Old December 1st, 2010, 04:00 PM   #32
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Fantastic post and I quite agree. Fred Astaire being the legend he was, his chemistry with Benedict. One scene that stands out in that regard is when they're on the shuttle going over to...Galactica or Rising Star. Also like, as you point out, the intra-fleet news. Reminds me of when I read that US carrier's have their own news station, at least it was true of the Enterprise.
Love that opening scene going to and on the Rising Star with Starbuck and his latest surefire win and poor old Apollo. "This is my conscience, Apollo."
Cool story about Hatch. Reminds me of when I met George Lazenby, though his comment was on the rarity of the picture I chose rather than the legend of someone like Fred Astaire
Never seem to get to meet these heroes of mine.

And yes on Buck Rogers though some of my favourite guests on the series Michael Ansara and Anne Lockhart (aside from Pamela Hensley, of course)
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Old December 30th, 2010, 03:44 PM   #33
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Remember Clackers? I finally realized that they are what the laser bolls remind me of.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #34
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Quite a lot. They have no families, no roots. It offers them the chance for some sort of belonging and cohesion.
"No argument there," says Colonel Archon. "The raid on Umbra orphaned me too, just as it orphaned Starbuck. The main difference was that I didn't become this fumerello-puffing schemer, the way Starbuck did!"
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Old May 25th, 2011, 01:27 AM   #35
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Okay, ya want The Star of Kobol, or a band-aid???
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Old May 25th, 2011, 03:34 PM   #36
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Okay, ya want The Star of Kobol, or a band-aid???
I am deeply honored.

But I must refuse.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 11:03 PM   #37
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"No argument there," says Colonel Archon. "The raid on Umbra orphaned me too, just as it orphaned Starbuck. The main difference was that I didn't become this fumerello-puffing schemer, the way Starbuck did!"
There might be a therapist's couch available in Life Station, should you need it . . .
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Old May 30th, 2011, 02:46 AM   #38
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Default Not the Warrior you are used to?

If anyone could say he is all right, after what we have been through, then I would set him up for catharsis treatment.

If that is not the Warrior you are used to, then you are perfectly welcome to ask me, "Whatever happened to the joy of living to fight another day?"

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Old May 30th, 2011, 07:44 AM   #39
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Catharsis treatment, eh? Haven't heard that since the "Sum of All Parts" series. In these parts we'd rather have a drink in the OC.

"Fumarello puffing schemer" is not how I would characterize Starbuck, although there are certainly notable facets of those elements. However, every secton those character flaws were overshadowed by his heroism, devotion to his comrades, and his implicit skill. His character was all the more fascinating for the depth and dichotomy within the man.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 04:49 PM   #40
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Cold drinks, Zaz!
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Old June 20th, 2011, 05:01 PM   #41
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You pouring, Sen?
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Old June 20th, 2011, 05:03 PM   #42
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Well, I'm usually accused of being a drip, but okay.
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A slow pour, then? Heh heh.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 05:08 PM   #44
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Of course.
Would M'Lady like extra cream?
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Old May 30th, 2012, 11:57 PM   #45
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Uh, bar-man...

...some hot Caprican bean-mill, please?

My head feels like a solonite grenade just went off inside it.
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Tension headache, huh?
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Old September 12th, 2012, 03:07 PM   #47
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I gave the episode a rewatch tonight as some form of tribute to the late Lance LeGault. Overall it's a nice little episode. The latter episodes of Galactica almost seem the better of the series as they're more focused on certain aspects or elements. The characters are confined to the Fleet (as well I imagine them to be often, planets often being few and far between). Good to see Astaire in some element and the interplay between him and Benedict.

I like to think that one day Starbuck found out Chamaleon was his father.
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Old April 8th, 2013, 11:40 PM   #48
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In answer to the question of how many orphans ended up in the Colonial Service, I, Colonel Archon, can think of one right off--myself. Remember, though Starbuck was--and I'm just guessing here--probably a scant five yahrens or so older than me at the time, I was orphaned in the raid on Umbra too!

But I was a mere baby then; I'm YAHRENS older than that now.
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I gave the episode a rewatch tonight as some form of tribute to the late Lance LeGault. Overall it's a nice little episode. The latter episodes of Galactica almost seem the better of the series as they're more focused on certain aspects or elements. The characters are confined to the Fleet (as well I imagine them to be often, planets often being few and far between). Good to see Astaire in some element and the interplay between him and Benedict.

I like to think that one day Starbuck found out Chamaleon was his father.
Watched that again honour of Lance LeGault too.
In many fan fiction stories Starbuck finds out the Chameleon is his father.
Also really enjoyed the interplay between Astaire and Benedict.
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