When the original Battlestar Galactica series captivated my attention in the late 1970s, my friends were all kinds of hot for Athena and Cassiopeia, while my Dad lost interest in the show after Serena (the lovely Jane Seymour) was killed off. But for me, infatuation was found in the fleeting glimpses of Flight Corporal Rigel’s announcements; I absolutely adored her then, and can honestly say I still have a crush on her. She comes across as someone who not only inspires the likes of Princess Leia on hairstyles, but someone who would actually have something to talk about on a date. Also: no competition from that player, Starbuck.
The actress who played her, Sarah Rush, was interviewed last year on Galactica.TV.
Can you talk about your audition for Battlestar Galactica?
Since I was under contract, they called in all the girls, all the contract players. I came in and was very serious about my craft. I still am. It’s not brain surgery, but I feel passionate about it. Though I now have more fun in doing it than I did back then. When I was younger I was so very serious and committed. So I came in, I auditioned and there was Glen Larson and all these people and I had to say something like: “Red alert! Red Alert! 100 microns and closing, 99 microns and closing…”; something like that.
I sat in the middle on a chair with everybody around me and I used my fist as a microphone, said my lines and then looked at everybody. They all burst into laughter! I was so serious about it. We laughed and I got the job. It was wonderful and a blessing, even though my role was so small. I wished I could have been around more. You can imagine. I was just 22 years old and this show was so fantastic. I got to work with Terry Carter a lot and talked to him about acting. I don’t even know if he knows how important he was for me. He was so supportive. It was such a great cast and to me it was a blessing to be on the show.
Having heard much about Casey Affleck’s fauxumentary about Joaquin Phoenix’s transformation from actor to hip hop star, I felt I was prepared to finally see I’m Not Here with a firm attitude of “Yeah, Right.” I have to say the final product is at times hilarious, flat, annoying, brilliant, and insightful. But hands-down, my favorite part is when Edward James Olmos confers with our hapless hero to offer him some advice. The scene involves a cut where Joaquin ostensibly and silently offers up his latest rhyme as Olmos’ words flow over it.
That’s you, drops of water and you’re on top of the mountain of success. But one day you start sliding down the mountain and you think wait a minute; I’m a mountain top water drop. I don’t belong in this valley, this river, this low dark ocean with all these drops of water. Then one day it gets hot and you slowly evaporate into air, way up, higher than any mountain top, all the way to the heavens. Then you understand that it was at your lowest that you were closest to God. Life’s a journey that goes round and round and the end is closest to the beginning. So if it’s change you need, relish the journey.
Then he tells “JP” that when the spotlights are on him, the inner light can’t be seen; it can only be illuminated during the dark times.
I’m not sure, but I’d bet that was scripted. Like the whole faux thing, an exposition of fame crafted by Phoenix and Affleck. But damn, it’s good.
Although I can find no information to support it, my theory is a young Edward James Olmos is the guy who picks up Mark Hammil’s character Kenny on his way to Las Vegas in the 1978 film, Corvette Summer. Imdb has a mysterious chararacter called “Uncredited” played by some actor named Rio, who doesn’t seem to exist, and Wikipedia/Olmos’ bio is silent on the subject. Sounds to me like this was before Olmos was serious about acting, and used a fake name. I don’t blame him for not taking credit, but I’m shocked I’m the first one to notice this obvious piece of acting history.
Be my guest, and watch the scene. Tell me this isn’t a young Adama giving a young Skywalker a ride.
The fact that Gandalf/Ian McKellan makes an appearance in this movie as a pornographer makes this claim even more plausible.
UPDATE: Well, after further investigation, the truth is revealed. It sure looks like a young EJO, but according to the Unofficial Corvette Summer site, that’s Isaac Ruiz Jr., who had a part on Chico and the Man.
Tonight’s movie on the Science Fiction Channel is called Shark In Venice. As you might imagine, it’s about a shark terroizing the quaint and wonderful city of Venice. Seriously. I can almost imagine the meeting at the sci-fi headquarters:
Suit #1: We should create a movie where there’s a shark terrorizing a tourist trap.
Suit #2: I think they already did that. I think it was in New York.
Suit # 1: Exactly! We should do a shark terrorizing something like Hawaii. That’s hot!
Suit #3: It should be more of a worldwide tourist trap. Where should we do this science fiction masterpiece?
Stephen Baldwin: (huge bong rip…let’s it out) You guys should make it in Venice, and have mobsters and I’ll play an altruistic mob informant as a backstory. (cough cough) It’ll be great.
Eat Your Heart Out, Roy Scheider
This is another rant of mine against the scorn that is the Sci-Fi Channel, and their lack of science fiction programming. On a lighter note, they did show a nice scene from the final episodes to come of Battlestar. But then again, I’m not putting too much faith in that, either. I’m pretty sure they’re calling it Battlestar Galactica: The Final Frontier. Please. Let’s not forget this is a network that is a failure when it comes to any kind of allegiance to Star Trek.
I was gladly checking out the Sci-Fi Channel’s showing tonight of one of the most rulingest films of the early 80’s, John Carpenter’s The Thing, when I see an ad for a Sci-Fi Original movie called YETI. This cracks me up almost as much as the times I tune in to see this so-called Science Fiction Channel showing movies like Apollo 13 and The Hudsucker Proxy. Just give me more Battlestar.
I so love The Thing, though. Kurt Russell FTW. Seriously great movie.
I finally hit the wall with BSG.
I even found a category for it on Jump The Shark detailing the Cylons’ use of a Bob Dylan song. That, and a courtroom scene complete with Lee Adama wearing a suit and tie he could have borrowed from Ben Affleck, and cliche after courtroom cliche, and I say this series had a big old pair of skis they were strapping to their show’s feet, right as the sharks showed up.
Cool wrap-up, as I just knew it, but still. I say shark-jump. But with some great, lovable touches, like…