How Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek Built Upon Each Other

The sci-fi universes of Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek are more inspired by each other than you might think.

Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Kirk (William Shatner) on Star Trek - Anders (Michael Trucco), Apollo (Jamie Bamber), and Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) on Battlestar Galactica
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This article contains spoilers for Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.

When future television historians are asked to build the Mount Rushmore of fictional adventures through the galaxy, there is certainly room for debate. Rest assured though, there is a place for Star Trek and even a franchise many didn’t think would make it, Battlestar Galactica

When Battlestar was released on ABC in 1978, it was almost a decade since Gene Roddenberry’s perennial trek had aired, failed, and was resurrected because of fan support. Since its inception, Star Trek was a survivor, and one of its strengths was always reinvention. This led to feature films, a renaissance of the property in the late ‘80s, and a recent reinvention and “refuel” treatment in the past few years.

Galactica, meanwhile, went from cult classic to mainstream critical success with its reboot in the early 2000s. Yet, that wasn’t the only reinvention in that franchise of note. It’s well known that Battlestar attempted to bottle the lightning in a bottle that Star Wars created and transfer that love of intergalactic battles to the small screen, but it may be Trek that forged deeper bonds with BSG more than anything else. 


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