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Storyboards of "Saga of a Star World" Part 1
Written by Marcel Damen   
Wednesday, 02 September 2009

This gallery shows the first part of the (early) storyboards (by Martin Kline?) of the Battlestar Galactica pilot "Saga of a Star World". They're based on an early version of the pilot script. We're introduced to Skyler (with beard!), later to be named Apollo and his brother Zac. They stumble upon the Cylons (early Ralph McQuarrie design), Zac gets hit and they try to warn the fleet of the upcoming attack. Adama returns to the Galactica from the Atlantia where he met the Council and the President.

 

Storyboard page of Battlestar Galactica's pilot 'Saga of a Star World'

Storyboard page of Battlestar Galactica's pilot "Saga of a Star World"

 

Ralph McQuarrie painiting for Battlestar Galactica's pilot 'Saga of a Star World'

Ralph McQuarrie painting for Battlestar Galactica's pilot "Saga of a Star World"

 

In this first part of the storyboard several of Ralph McQuarrie's Concept Paintings from the early "Saga of a Star World" pilot script were used, like this Council image above (note that the written text talks about 13 members), which is a direct copy of one of his paintings. Several different artists worked on these storyboards (explaining the different styles in drawing). There are more things that are interesting to note.

The opening titles differ from the ones used on screen (and the movie was still called Galactica instead of Battlestar Galactica) and the opening scene where Starbuck says he's sick, so Zac can do his first patrol, is still missing. This might because these storyboards were only used to film the Visual Effect shots. Apollo is still named Skyler and is shown with beard, maybe due to the fact Richard Hatch wasn't cast yet and/or they had a different type of Skyler/Apollo in mind. The Cylons resemble the ones on the Ralph McQuarrie Painting and the very first Cylon helmet design (see The History of the Cylon Centurion Costume), so they probably had just started on that. The Viper, Shuttle and Battlestar on the other hand DON'T resemble Ralph McQuarrie's Designs/Painting and look exactly like the actual screen used models, which must mean some of those were already built at the time these storyboards were drawn.

 

Storyboard page of Battlestar Galactica's pilot 'Saga of a Star World'

Storyboard page of Battlestar Galactica's pilot "Saga of a Star World"

 

Ralph McQuarrie painting for Battlestar Galactica's pilot 'Saga of a Star World'

Ralph McQuarrie painting for Battlestar Galactica's pilot "Saga of a Star World"

 

First Cylon Centurion helmet proposal based on Ralph McQuarrie's painting and sketches

First Cylon Centurion helmet proposal based on Ralph McQuarrie's painting and sketches

 

There's some tongue in cheek humor in these storyboards. Zac wears a nametag "Hi, I'm Zac", like some new employee/intern; Skyler wears a tag "Alfred E. Skyler"; the scanner checking the Cylon tanker shows a car in the Colonial database.

The set I have has about 200 storyboard pages in total. Check out Storyboards of "Saga of a Star World" Part 2 and Storyboards of "Saga of a Star World" Part 3 to see the rest of them.

 

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