BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - AMC Carrollton, Fairfax Circle, K-B Bethesda, K-B Cinema 7, K-B Langley, K-B MacArthur and Springfield Mall.
The future is doomed to repeat itself.
Yet another space movie, "Battlestar Galactica," features the future that science fiction has long since agreed upon for our civilization: Leadership by a council of white-robed, short-sighted old bores, warfare conducted in dogfighter style by spunky young punks, threats of destruction from robots in black armor with voices like no hands telephones, cuddliness from cute mascot robots, vampy bad women wearing old bellydance costumes, submissive good women in Madonna outfits, and political philosophy from the Cold War.
Their dialogue always sounds like a bad translation of the Bible. "Let the word go forth," "It has been expressly forbidden," people says in "Battlestar Galactica" when they aren't using their homemade words the best of which are "socialator" for "prostitute" and "frack," a useful obscenity.
How far has the human race progressed since "Star Wars"?
Generally, this film, based on the television series, is at the identical level of civilization as that moneymaker. However, ficticious-science scholars may be able to observe some differences.
The film is made in something called "Sensurround," which means that the soundtrack is so loud that the seats of the theatre vibrate. There is no noise in space. of course, but this invention gives the viewer the thrilling sensation of viewing space battles while actually sitting on a subway.
The bar scene has been replaced by a disco scene.
One of the heroic warriors, either Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo or Dirk Benedict as Lieutenant Starbuck, wears clear nail polish, it looks like close-ups of a thumb on the throttle.
Where "Star Wars" had no blacks and no women except one princess, "Battlestar" has a black colonel, respectfully played by Terry Carter as subservient to Lorne Green, the white commander. Of the three young heros, one is black - the only one with no interest, who gets left behind in the climactic fight. There are two women aboard the battlestar in desk jobs. There are no other blacks or women among the military and none either in the leadership council.
Instead of being simply at a good-guys-vs.-bad-guys mentality, this film has a heavily political viewpoint. There are vehement speeches in which a defense of involvement in Vietnam and an attack on SALT are obviously intended. Since "the enemy" is dedicated to the total destruction of "freedom," talking peace and proposing disarmament is a sign of weakness and stupidity, and the brave do not hesitate to involve themselves in wars against anyone else the enemy attacks.
Aside from that, it's the same fracking picture all over again.* CAPTION: Picture, MAREN JENSEN, RICHARD HATCH AND LORNE GREENE IN A SCENE FROM "BATTLESTAR GLACTICA."