Yes, Universal Studios is the last corporate entity on the face of this Earth anyone would have wanted to be the caretaker of...."Saga of a Star World"....the pilot episode of "The 1978 Battlestar Galactica" series. As far back as 1979, Universal Studios allowed this pilot episode to be....mined....harvested....sliced.....diced.....poorly edited.....scattered all over the globe...and in the first example I am about to show, even allowed all of the special effects sequences from...."Saga of a Star World"....to be stolen by another production company!!
Yes...nothing quite said...."Universal Studios hates Battlestar Galactica"....more than when Universal Studios allowed all of the special effects footage from...."Saga of a Star World" - The pilot episode of "The 1978 Battlestar Galactica Series"....to be stolen for this movie...."Space Mutiny"....produced and released in 1988. The creepy part of this amiable and consensual theft that Universal Studios allowed....was that it was the 10 year anniversary of "The 1978 Battlestar Galactica" series when this piece of crap movie...."Space Mutiny"....came out. Another creepy thing about this fiasco is that even the "Legal Department" of Universal Studios didn't give a shit that harvested special effects sequences from "Saga of a Star World" were utilized in..."Space Mutiny."
Do some of the special effects sequences seem a little "too brief" or somewhat "clipped" even during the ABC-TV cut of "Saga of a Star World" broadcast on September 17th, 1978? Well!! These special effects sequences (in their entirety) are all here on this European theatrical release of two episodes spliced together!! "Living Legend" and "Fire in Space" were sloppily spliced together for this film yet with an astonishing series of inadvertent "Easter eggs" thrown in!! In this film we have from "Saga of a Star World"....
1. The unedited point of view approach to the right "Galactica" landing bay from far away to up close.
2. A never televised underbelly shot of the "Galactica" and the rag-tag fleet ships cruising over the camera.
3. A close-up shot of one of the "Cylon Mines" inside of the "Nova of Madagon" (never televised) and the explosions inside of the "Nova of Madagon" going on for a few seconds longer. (Never televised.)
4. A Battlestar shuttle setting down inside of the "Galactica" landing bay. (Never televised.)
5. Unedited shots of the "Cylon Basestar" never televised.
6. An astonishing, unedited special effects sequence of the "Battlestar Pegasus" taking on a "Cylon Basestar." (Never televised.)
7. A rag tag fleet ship looking like three film cans on top of a central spine cruising towards and above the camera.
All of this footage (except the "Battlestar Pegasus) from "Saga of a Star World."
Let's just do a quick summary here. The "Nova of Madagon" footage from "Saga of a Star World" is in one of the episodes of this series, as well as various "Rag Tag Fleet" ships from "Saga of a Star World."
While not one of the better episodes of "Battlestar Galactica", we have another "Easter egg" here!! From "Saga of a Star World"...the complete unedited approach to the "Rising Star" luxury liner. Never televised. Starting from the lower right hand corner, a POV approach to the underbelly of the "Rising Star." Severely edited in the original ABC-TV broadcast.
Universal Studios has always taken the easy way out with "The 1978 Battlestar Galactica" series. It was always easier for them to allow...."Saga of a Star World"....to get raped by everyone including their own crappy management...than to do a sensible and logical "Director's Cut" of this outstanding film.
Maybe eventually...we'll also find "bits & pieces" of "Saga of a Star World" in the least likely of places all over the world!!
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