Epic Space Battles

Re-Run Theater presents another thrilling installment of EPIC SPACE BATTLES!  A double feature of the final episode of Battlestar Galactica (1979) PLUS a very special episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1980) guest starring Gary Coleman.

“There are those who believe that life here…began out there…”

After the resounding success of Star Wars in 1977, audiences wanted more epic space battles faster than George Lucas could produce a sequel.  And at the end of the 70s, a powerful new TV show creator named Glen A. Larson was eager to capitalize on this trend.  Although initially one of the  most successful science fiction TV shows yet produced, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s ongoing saga of a ragtag fugitive fleet fleeing into deep space in search of the lost colony called Earth, proved to be too expensive for ABC and Universal to maintain.  Thus, the show’s original incarnation ended after only one season with this pulse pounding episode: “The Hand of God”…The Galactica intercepts a cryptic message at the edge of a remote star system only to discover their old enemy, the relentless robot race of Cylons, waiting to ambush them.

“The year 1987 and NASA launches the last of America’s deep space probes…”

Then Universal and Glen Larson resurrected the 1930s era space hero Buck Rogers…a cliffhanger serial about an ace pilot from the 20th century who’s frozen in suspended animation to wake up 500 years later…and modernize it for the disco era.  This particular episode “A Blast for Buck”, guest starring child superstar of the time, GARY COLEMAN, is basically a Best of ‘Clips episode’…as Buck’s memories are probed (and thus old adventures re-visited) to unravel a riddle that appears to threaten the lives of everyone on Earth.

With fine precision, we at Re-Run have culled music videos and commercials specifically from this two year period of time when the gritty, low lit 70s gave way to the spandex wrapped, shiny bright 80s, to round out the program.


Thursday, June 26