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The Battlestar Galactica Sequel Series That Could Have Been


Before Ronald D. Moore’s reimagined series, there was Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, a sequel series to the original show that never happened.

Cylons in Battlestar Galactica
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Battlestar Galactica has a compelling premise. Twelve human space colonies in a distant part of the universe are at war with a race of artificially intelligent robots called the Cylons. A human called Baltar betrays humanity and the Cylons wipe out the Twelve Colonies and most of their space-faring ships, the Colonial Fleet, in a nuclear attack that leaves their planets uninhabitable. The only surviving vessel from the Fleet is the Battlestar Galactica, along with a ragtag collection of other space vessels. So the human survivors travel across the universe led by Commander Adama of the Galactica, looking for the legendary 13th colony, Earth, to make it their new home.

With such a fascinating setup, it’s no surprise that Battlestar Galactica (1978) has had several sequels, spinoffs, and remakes: the short-lived sequel series Galactica 1980, which was hampered by a lack of most of the original stars; the very successful 2003-2009 reimagined Battlestar Galactica; the short-lived prequel to that series, Caprica; and another spinoff to the reimagining, web series/TV movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. There’s also now a new feature film and TV series in the works.

But there was one proposed sequel that never quite took off, leaving only a 30-minute pilot episode that was never publicly shown, and a four-minute trailer that was shown in various conventions in the late 1990s and is now available to watch on YouTube. That series was Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, and it was the brainchild and passion project of original series star Richard Hatch.

Richard Hatch, a.k.a. Captain Apollo

Richard Hatch, who passed away in 2017, was one of the leads of the original Battlestar Galactica, playing Captain Apollo alongside Lorne Greene as the titular ship’s Commander and Apollo’s father, Adama, and Dirk Benedict as Lieutenant Starbuck. He had got his start in a stint on US soap opera All My Children during its very early years, and he also made appearances in favorites like Fantasy Island and Hawaii Five-O, but it was Battlestar Galactica that he was primarily known for.

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