Year: 1999 (trailer)
Directed by: Richard Hatch
Also Starring: Richard Hatch, John Colicos, Jack Stauffer, George Murdock
Terry's Character: President Tigh
Genre: Sci-Fi / Short
Plot Summary: Original series star, Richard Hatch, has brought his vision of the present day universe of Battlestar Galactica to the masses in the form of several novels.
Additionally, Richard created a visual proof-of-concept by executive producing, co-scripting, co-directing, and acting in Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming. This is a 4-1/2 minute, professional film trailer by Richard which illustrated his concepts for a new Battlestar Galactica motion picture and/or television series/telemovie. Started in 1998, Richard completed the trailer in August 1999. He has shown it to Universal Studios (owners of the Battlestar Galactica licensing), hoping to get the green-light to start production. While interested, Universal eventually chose Tom DeSanto and Bryan Singer's production plans in February 2001. (Note: Bryan Singer left in late 2001 to focus on the sequel to X-Men, titled X2).
Richard still believes in the continuation of a compelling premise which has endured with fans worldwide for many years: The original Battlestar Galactica series. The events of Galactica: 1980 would be disregarded; the Colonial fleet would still be searching for the Thirteenth Tribe and planet Earth. Fans today want an epic adventure which reaches into the hearts and souls of the viewers, to identify with the characters and situations. Audiences want more than snazzy special effects; they want storylines which captivate and enrapture the mind. For example, both Babylon 5 and The X-Files (among other series) have set strong standards in quality science fiction storytelling. Both creators (J. Michael Stracynzski (jms) and Chris Carter, respectively) built fascinating, intricate infrastructures and plot threads to the overarching storyline. Richard firmly believes that a new Battlestar Galactica series can also offer strong story arcs and scripting.
Battlestar Galactica explores humanity's mythologies and origins. It delves into the core of humanity's spirit, the engrained curiousity to learn more about themselves. Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming has storytelling potential to surpass current science fiction productions.
Richard's new production departs from the cheesy aspects of the original Battlestar Galactica series, adds additional depth and drama, and doesn't take the audience for granted. The production isn't about stock footage Vipers blasting Cylons, or humans outwitting their Cylon foes every week. There is deeper intrigue between the Colonials and the Cylons -- and newfound allies and enemies. Between the main characters, the plight of the Colonials' situation, the pursuing Cylons, their own problems, and explorations as the fleets move through interstellar space, there are a LOT of stories to tell. Fans are curious about the human condition in the Colonial fleet: How have these people adapted since their homelands were destroyed? Are they holding together or dividing? How have the characters grown? What new characters add to the chemistry? How are the original characters faring?
It's been said that nothing is original these days; everything is a retread/spin on something else. Maybe so, but in production team discussions about Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, there are stories ideas which aren't retreads/spins on scripts which appear on other shows. The ideas are fresh, exciting and haunting. You are dealing with the survivors of a holocaust who are braving the mysteries of deep space with the hope of finding their lost brethren. The premise is dark, but hope springs eternal -- and the characters will endure much through the show's run as they search for the Thirteenth Tribe -- and Earth.
Excitement-wise, it's a thrilling thought to see old cast favorites return -- and witness their progress. And it's fascinating to see how things might have changed over 22 years. What's the condition of the fleet? What have they endured? What has changed for their adversaries? How does the new generation of space-born Colonials deal with their plight? (They never knew the holocaust which consumed their forefathers' worlds.) What new worlds will they encounter? What mysteries in space will they find? (Let it be said, Kobol was NOT the only place the Colonials came from.) What of the Ships/Beings of Light? How is Good and Evil being played out in the universe -- and how are the Colonials/Cylons influenced by this? And what binds the Colonials together, not merely for the sake of survival?
Richard Hatch wanted the chance to deliver this epic anew, building on the foundation of the original Battlestar Galactica series. He wants the original cast, characters, premises and themes to live on -- with some new ones, too. And his production plans were the ONLY ones (at the time of this writing) which embraced the original series in this way. Hopefully, Tom DeSanto will consider this for the new Battlestar Galactica series.
Note: Terry was promoted from a Colonel in the original series to President for this trailer. Quite a step up for a Colonel!