Not too long ago, I got the first season of Battlestar Galactica on DVD. That’s the new SciFi Channel version, which is a good show if you’re not already watching it. Several of the episodes guest star Richard Hatch, who played Capt. Apollo in the original series, as a rebel leader named Tom Zarek.
I was pointing out to Angela how cool I thought it was that Richard Hatch was involved with the new show some. I explained to her that when I was a kid (around six or so), my friend Robert and I pretended that we were a couple of the characters from Battlestar Galactica. Robert always played at being Lt. Starbuck (played by Dirk Benedict, who would later go on to play Face on The A‑Team). I always played at being Apollo.
I told her, as a matter of fact, Robert and I had a rule: he’d play the blond guy and I’d play the dark-headed guy.
“He’d play Luke, I’d play Han.”
“He’d play Baker, I’d play Ponch.”
“You’d play Poncherello, from CHiPs?”
“Well, I wasn’t blond. Robert was.”
“Jason, you’re way too white for that.”
“But I’m not blond.”
- Okay, so you may not remember this show, which was about a family of firefighters in Los Angeles. The show also starred Lorne Greene as well as a dark-haired Sam J Jones (he was bleach blond in the previous year’s Flash Gordon. I loved Code Red so much, that I told everyone for about a year that I wanted to grow up to live in Los Angeles and fly a helicopter, just like the guy in the show I used to pretend to be. [↩]