Apr 6, 2013
Battlestar Galactica: Star-Fighting Boyfriends
The brief plot: in a distant part of the galaxy, the Twelve Colonies of Mankind have been destroyed by the evil Cylons. A ragtag band of survivors, led by Commander Adama (Lorne Green) on the last surviving warship (the Battlestar Galactica), head out into space to seek the last human colony. . .Earth.
The beefcake was handled by the cute Star Wars uniforms. The bonding was handled by Commander Apollo (Richard Hatch, below) and Lieutenant Starbuck (Dirk Benedict, left).
There were dozens of other characters. Ray Bolger, Fred Astaire, Randolph Mantooth, and Ed Beghley Jr. showed up. Jonathan Harris of Lost in Space played Lucifer, leader of the Cylons (this was the heart of the Cold War, so good vs. evil were clearly drawn).
Barry Van Dyke (right) as the star-fighting romantic partners.
And in 2004-2009 as Battlestar Galactica, a re-imagined series with a female Starbuck. And a prequel, Caprica (2010).
And feature films, comic books, a web series, over 20 novels (some written by Richard Hatch), video games, action figures, toys.
Just before the end of the 2004-2009 series, a couple of characters were outed, but not on screen, on a webisode. A bone thrown to gay fans, but more than they ever got from Star Trek.