Adventure…fantasy…possibilities…the epic battle between good and evil…a sense of something bigger than yourself — that’s how Battlestar Galactica resonated with me when I watched the original series as a young girl. I remember sitting on the edge of my seat when the Colonial Vipers engaged in battle with the Cylon Raiders. I cheered for every success, sat in angst when one of the squadron pilots was in trouble. Apollo and Starbuck were my heroes.
“Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a ragtag, fugitive fleet, on a lonely quest—for a shining planet known as Earth.” Even now, I can hear these words in my mind, imprinted with the musical score so familiar to Battlestar Galactica fans around the world. I’ll never forget that dreaded drone sound that the Cylons made when their villainous, laser, red eyes moved back and forth…so easy to despise…just machines, after all…big hunks of metal whose sole purpose was to annihilate all of mankind.
So when the “re-imagined” series of Battlestar Galactica debuted in 2003, like most other fans of the original series, I was a little skeptical.
A female Starbuck and a female Boomer? Cylons who looked like humans? Apollo and Starbuck hooking up?! My reaction was pretty much along the lines of “What the Frak?” (Colonial speak). But, hey, it was Battlestar Galactica! That in itself, was enough for my husband and I to start watching the new series, our shared fondness for Sci-Fi shows notwithstanding. And, as the storyline progressed, I found myself connecting with the characters, becoming emotionally invested in their triumphs and their struggles — once again finding myself engaged in humanity’s battle against a common enemy. The re-imagined version was intense, with robust, multi-dimensional characters and exciting scenarios that pushed the moral envelope and delved deeply into the human psyche. Even some of the “human” Cylons touched my heart as they struggled to find their “humanity.” The strong female characters were a welcome addition and the amazing technology appealed to the geek in me.
Celebrating BSG at GalactiCon 3
It’s been 10 years since the re-imagined series of Battlestar Galactica first aired and 35 years since the beloved classic earned its iconic status and huge following. Milestones like these are the perfect time to host reunions and for Battlestar Galactica fans to gather and celebrate. That’s exactly what Emissaries: GalactiCon III (GalactiCon 3) is all about. With 20+ cast members from the original series, the re-imagined series and also the BSG spin-off, Caprica, combined, GalactiCon 3 promises to be the ultimate Battlestar Galactica celebration, one the whole family can enjoy!
This special Battlestar Galactica convention only happens every five years and is taking place on Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26, 2013) in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with ComicPalooza. With not just one, but two conventions, it’ll be an exciting weekend for everyone, especially those who enjoy the Sci-Fi genre.
Hotel / Travel Discounts for GalactiCon 3
The official convention hotel, Hilton Americas – Houston, is offering a special rate for convention attendees. American and Delta airlines are also offering discounts on air fare. The GalactiCon 3 website has more details about these specials.
Things to do at GalatiCon 3 and ComicPalooza
At GalactiCon 3, attendees will enjoy interesting guest panel discussions and a variety of fun activities like costume contests, costume making how to’s, a chainmaille jewelry class, an acting class, tons of BSG memorabilia and much more!
GalactiCon 3 will also feature add on events like a visit to the Johnson Space Center and dinner at the space museum with the celebrities — how cool is that?
Speaking of celebrity guests, fans can look forward to meeting fan favorites like Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo/Tom Zarek), Dirk Benedict (Starbuck), Edward James Olmos (Bill Adama), Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama), Tricia Helfer (Cylon Number Six), James Callis (Gaius Baltar) and many others of the 20+ Galactica Stars! Celebrities will be available for autographs and photo shoots throughout the weekend (pricing may vary).
ComicPalooza is featuring guests from other popular Sci-Fi shows such as Dr. Who, Star Trek, and Lost Girl, just to name a few. Attendees will also enjoy many gaming opportunities at ComicPalooza (fantasy football, card games, table games and live action role play — even one that’s specific to Battlestar Galactica). There will be a live art event and silent auction and, of course, a dealer room for comic enthusiasts as well.
Ticket Info. for GalactiCon 3
Tickets (memberships) for GalactiCon 3 can be purchased for the whole weekend (better deal & special perks) or for individual days. Same with ComicPalooza. GalactiCon 3 ticket holders have access to all ComicPalooza activities. Those with ComicPalooza only tickets can upgrade to access GalactiCon 3 activities. For specifics and lots of great event information, visit www.galacticon3.com. You can also get updates on the GalactiCon 3 Facebook page and by following GalactiCon3 on Twitter.
The Legacy of Battlestar Galactica
The original Battlestar Galactica series was, regrettably, only around for one season, but the impact it made on multiple generations of people is a legacy that lives on. The growth of the BSG fan base over the last 35 years is testament to this. Battlestar Galactica has not only inspired new versions and spin offs of the series, but also novels, short story fiction, comics, art, fan clubs, role playing games, videos and a variety of collectible memorabilia. More importantly, Battlestar Galactica and Sci-Fi shows like it, stir people’s imaginations and allow them to be open to all kinds of possibilities.
I’m no longer that little girl who was inspired to imagine all kinds of wondrous adventures in space. I’m all grown up with two kids of my own. But Moms can be geeks too and thanks to shows like Battlestar Galactica, I can use my imagination to dream big!
See you at GalactiCon 3!
Mina Frannea is an online media professional. She is the editor and social media manager at North Texas Kids Magazine as well as the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Actor Richard Hatch. Mina enjoys the Arts, Sci-Fi, new technology, cooking, enlightening discussions and sharing relevant information on her blog TheMomsJournal. Mina also provides PR services for conventions and other events.