Last weekend, TV creator extraordinaire Glen A. Larson passed away. Among the many series he created was a little space opera that ran from 1978-1979 called Battlestar Galactica, a kind of Star Wars on TV that had perhaps the best-looking special effects ever, due in no small part to having John Dykstra, one of the model-makers gurus from George Lucas’ film, as executive producer. Nothing quite like seeing big space battles between humans and shiny robot ships every week to get your heart pumping.
When the series was updated in 2004, it was hailed for its visual effects as well, but in a different way. It was all CGI by then, but some of the best computer animation on television, even winning an Emmy for outstanding visual effects in 2007. One of the artists who won that Emmy, and made Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica what it was is Adam ‘Mojo’ Lebowitz who has taken his mad skillz (technical term) back in time and has updated a dogfight scene from classic BSG using modern visual effects and HD.
Friends, I give you… “The Living Legend” Project.
Taking a two-part episode, entitled “The Living Legend,” from the midpoint of the series, Lebowitz has given the Vipers and Raiders a 21st Century update. Now you can see what it’s like when Apollo (Richard Hatch), Starbuck (Dirk Benedict), and the rest of the pilots, including the titular legend Commander Cain (Lloyd Bridges), go out on a mission that’s got a little more intrigue than just your average fight in dazzling and dynamic CGI. I think it works pretty well, and even if you aren’t into mixing the old with the new, you have to admit it’s pretty phenomenal work. So say we all.
On what old sci-fi shows would you love to see updated effects? Maybe some Lost in Space, perhaps a little Manimal? Talk about it in the comments below.