Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Battlestar Galactica

Evolution of the Cylon

Battlestar Galactica

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Battlestar Galactica (BSG) is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore as a re-imagining of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series. It first aired as a three-hour miniseries (comprising four broadcast hours) in December 2003 on the Sci-Fi Channel, and ran for four seasons thereafter, ending its run on March 20, 2009. 

The story arc of Battlestar Galactica is set in a distant star system, where a civilization of humans live on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies had been at war with a cybernetic race of their own creation, known as the Cylons, (see above postcard). With the unwitting help of a human named Gaius Baltar (James Callis), the Cylons launch a sudden sneak attack on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. Out of a population numbering in the billions, only approximately 50,000 humans survive, most of whom were aboard civilian ships that avoided destruction. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the eponymous Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. Under the leadership of Colonial Fleet officer Commander William "Bill" Adama (Edward James Olmos) and President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), the Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled refuge known as Earth.

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Tauron Aerospace Corporation
Colonial Defense Force Viper MKII

Battlestar Galactica BSG 75
Fighter Squadron 3 Vigilantes

both postcards are unused and bought in 2012

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The Colonial Viper is the primary fighter spacecraft type used by the humans in the Battlestar Galactica fictional universe. Appearing in both the 1978 and the 2003  series, the single-pilot spacecraft are carried aboard Battlestar Galactica and are the humans' main tools of defense against the fictional universe's cybernetic Cylon race.

The popularity of the original Battlestar Galactica series resulted in United States Air Force pilots nicknaming F-16 Fighting Falcons "Vipers".  When the 2003 series was created, the Viper was one of the elements that the designers wanted to carry through with minimal alteration.

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