Even before the controversial series finale, Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot was dividing fans of the original series. While many enjoyed the more mature take on Glen Larson’s 1978 sci-fi series, others thought it diverged too much from the — admittedly a bit cheesy — source material. As someone who grew up with the show as a fondly remembered bit of my childhood, I was a big fan of the new version, and fine with it charting out its own path. Still, it was very cool when the show would throw long-time fans a bone by doing things such as occasionally using the 1978 version’s classic theme song. Here’s another intriguing bit of old-meets-new: actor Edward James Olmos delivering the original series’ closing narration: “Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest…a shining planet known as Earth.”
The short video popped up on the ByYourCommand.net Facebook page, where it’s claimed to be “the very last production piece done in the 2003 show.” Supposedly it was an Easter egg hidden on the 2009 release, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. So if you didn’t know that, there you go, now you don’t have to hunt for it. For comparison’s sake, here’s Lorne Green delivering the same monologue.
And here’s the original series opening, just because that song is freakin’ epic.