For most of you, that will seem an odd title. For others, it will be an “Oh, yeah — I’ve heard of that” title. When I say “Battlestar Galactica” I don’t refer to the horrible “let’s make it gritty & graphic because gritty & graphic is cool” sci-fi series of the same name tossed out to the public in recent years (which a combination of personal viewing standards and strong sentimental feelings prevent me from watching), but the old 1978 one-season-long television saga Battlestar Galactica, with Lorne Green, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict. You know, the real Batlestar Galactica. The one where Starbuck was a man, who, after once the fleet finally found Earth, eventually joined the A-Team to work with Mr. T.
For many folks, this is old news, but watching some of the old episodes on Netflix with the kids and talking about it with my mother-in-law (now on her way back to Texas) reminded me that there are many who do not know about the connection between Battlestar Galactica and Mormonism. The series’ creator, Glen Larson, is Mormon, and it is well known that many elements of Mormonism were incorporated into the television program. Rather than make a huge list here, allow me to redirect you to a more thorough one that any I would provide: Observations on the correlation between Battlestar Galactica and the LDS Church.
I honestly don’t think that the show was intended as a “subliminal vehicle” for Mormon teachings — rather, I think that it’s a simple case where bits of Mormon belief were simply used as inspiration for elements in the show (Kobol for Kolob, “As you are now, we once were,” etc.), just as names were borrowed from the Bible and from mythology (Adama, Apollo, Athena, Cassiopeia, etc.). Still, while those borrowings were obvious, those unfamiliar with the tenets or peculiarities of Mormonism may have missed the others.
I know that this isn’t the most earth-shattering blog post on the Internet today, but I still thought it would be interesting for those who didn’t know this bit of trivia related to what may be a warm TV memory from the late 70s.