So Say We All, by Edward Gross & Mark A. Altman
The sheer amount of information about Battlestar Galactica (BSG) contained in this one volume is unreal. There are soooooo many interview snippets, covering everything from the show’s TV movie beginnings, to the behind-the-scenes budget problems, to the way the ships were built and filmed, to the chimps in the daggit suit. And *then* it covers everything about the reboot, which I loved just as much.
(I can’t say I loved it more. How do you compare the simple, unadulterated love of childhood to the nuanced love we’re capable of once we’re grown? It’s an amazing thing, really, to love a family-oriented show as a kid and see it resurrected as a profoundly layered show in my adulthood.)
I requested the book from Net Galley partly because I loved both versions of the show, and partly because I knew Richard Hatch personally. Quite frankly, I miss him, which is an especially poignant thought as I sit here at Dragoncon, where I used to catch up with him every year. I was looking forward to reading the clips of his interviews, and I certainly enjoyed that part of it. But I ended up enjoying the rest of the book, too.
Readers should be aware going into it that it doesn’t have a single cohesive voice. It’s a story told in interview snippets, jumping from one perspective to another, pulled from what must have been countless hours of interview time spent with tons of different people involved in the show. That ends up being a large part of its charm, presenting what Richard and the others had to say in their own words.
There were moments when the interviews veered off into related areas, like other movies or shows coming out at the time. I found those to be sometimes extraneous and sometimes intriguing, like the fact that they almost made a Dragonriders of Pern show. (OMG how amazing would that have been!!! How amazing would that still be???)
But the information about BSG itself was unparalleled, and I’m intensely grateful to the publisher for providing me with a copy from Net Galley. Richard Hatch might not be with us at Dragoncon, but at least his words are on my tablet. And his memory is etched on my heart forever.
So say we all.
From the publisher:
From Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, the bestselling authors of the definitive two-volume Star Trek oral history, The Fifty-Year Mission, comes the complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of Battlestar Galactica in So Say We All.
Four decades after its groundbreaking debut, Battlestar Galactica—both the 1978 original and its 2004 reimagining have captured the hearts of two generations of fans. What began as a three-hour made for TV movie inspired by the blockbuster success of Star Wars followed by a single season of legendary episodes, was transformed into one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved series in television history. And gathered exclusively in this volume are the incredible untold stories of both shows—as well as the much-maligned Galactica 1980.
For the first time ever, you will learn the unbelievable true story of forty years of Battlestar Galactica as told by the teams that created a television legend in the words of over a hundred cast, creators, crew, critics and executives who were there and brought it all to life. So Say We All!
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