I challenge you to find a better uniform in all of Sci-Fi than the Colonial Warrior. (OK, it’s not a contest… this is just my opinion) The closest thing I can come up with would be the Fremen Stillsuit that was designed for David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of Dune.
The outfits don’t feel dated at all, and still work to this day. While the show didn’t last past it’s first season, due to the blockbusting budget, it’s legacy continues.
There were three things that caught my 8 year old imagination back in 1978 with this show. Beautiful, and Strong women aside… The first was the fighter pilot theme of the show. Fighter pilots have always been a staple of my imagination from Black Sheep Squadron to the present. Next we have ROBOTS! The Cylons were an awesome part of the show. Robots were everywhere after Star Wars hit the scene, but BSG did them right. Finally the Colonial Warriors. Not only did they cut a dashing figure wherever they appeared, they felt like they were a functional military. They never felt out of place, like say the “Triad” outfits that were worn in a few episodes. Another bonus was that the uniforms were gender neutral. With the addition of that Han Solo like holster, it just doesn’t get any better.
This design has been, and still is, one of my absolute favorites. I would love to own one, myself.
This would have been a hell of a continuation. Too bad it wasn’t picked up. I’ve got nothing against the reboot BSG. Heck I even met my wife at a Frack Party. For me, though, it just doesn’t compare with the original. Yes, I realize that the original show was goofy at times, and that’s ok. It still had it where it counted. The Second coming was Richard’s passion project, and I am only glad that he received a part to play in the reboot. So let’s drop the Felgercarb and enjoy what he left us.
Enjoy these awesome advertisements from days gone by.
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Honorable Mention: Zygons
This is a visual top nine list of some of my favorite sci-fi television, recurring, creature races. They may not have been on every week but they were always the threat in the background. I am trying to limit these to characters that were not rendered through stop-motion or computer generation. These are cats in suits, sweating and trying to emote through plastic, foam rubber or heavy make-up. Also, being a child of the 70’s this list will be populated with the earlier versions of these characters even if the modern versions may be technically more visually stunning. Some are written seriously while others are just silly and meant to be.
At first, this list was just an excuse to post about my number one choice. It was going to be all about the monstrous adversaries on the great series from yesteryear, but quickly grew into something else. The list excludes individual characters, even though individual character photos are used in some cases.
The 70’s saw some great leaps in entertainment technology. Movies became more expansive. TV had great syndicated shows and Saturday Morning Cartoons were in their Golden Age. Toys were easily produced and widely accessible. Comics and Magazines were some of the best avenues for all of the aforementioned outlets to showcase their properties.
Here are some great comics from that era, a bygone age that we’ll never see the likes of again.