RICHARD Hatch was one of the best things about new Battlestar Galactica, as the traitorous and ambitious terrorist/politician Tom Zarek.
Although he met an untimely end at the wrong end of a firing squad, he provided a great touchstone to the original series when he played Apollo, as well as adding depth to the ensemble cast.
But if he would’ve had his way, reborn Battlestar Galactica would have been very different.
The TV Squad dredged up this trailer from the late 1990s showing hatch’s Battlestar Vision, which was never picked up.
Called the Second Coming, it is a direct continuation of the 1970s series with Hatch’s Apollo now leading the fleet and heading off to find Starbuck.
There are some striking similarities – the Cylons evolving for one, the shape of the ships and the humans making a stand.
I was also delighted to see the Colonial uniforms, as well as cameos by Lorne Greene as Adama and especially John Calicos as Baltar, who remains the one, true Baltar for me, no matter how good James Callis was in the reboot.
Despite the special effects – obviously revealing the tighter than tight budget – it would have been intriguing to see how this would have panned out.
Maybe it is for the best that it didn’t though, given the heights Ron Moore’s take on Battlestar reached, before dissolving into pseudo religious strangeness at the end.
But hey, with a title of The Second Coming – and a brief glimpse of the god-like aliens I remember from the 1970s – maybe Hatch had the same idea?