- The opening theme: Decades later it still gets me going.
- The clothes: I know, I know. The outfits are really straight out of the 70's. But, there is a sense of style to those clothes that I think is really cool. I love the pilot's brown outfits and the officers blue outfits. While they are products of a very specific time, there is something about them that I think still works. When I watch the original Star Wars trilogy, I get a similar feeling. The hairstyles and costumes in those films are often very dated, but still very cool. I feel the same way about the original BSG.
- The Cylons: They still look incredibly cool and menacing. And those voices are some of the best designed villain voices ever. And the word "Cylon" is awesome as well. As Star Wars proved, a hero is only as cool as the villain he fights. The Cylons were outstanding.
- The starfighter design: I really dig the Galactica's starfighters. That long-nosed design is still cool.
- The launch tubes for the starfighters: I had forgotten about this until I was watching this episode. The turbo acceleration down those launch tubes is so very cool. I loved that as a kid.
- Daggits: As a kid, I wanted my own half-dog, half-robot creation. It looked cool and I loved how it sounded as it moved. Watching it now, it's still a cool concept. When I was five, I wanted a daggit and Tweeky from Buck Rogers.
Styles that last: elements from the original BSG that are still cool
As I wait for the DVD of the mini-series that launched the new BSG, I checked out an episode of the original series on my DVR. The episode was called Fire in Space, I believe. The story was what I remembered: cheesy 70's greatness that I loved as a five-year old. However, there were some stylistic elements to the original series that really stood out to me as I watched almost 30 years later. There are many elements of the original Battlestar Galactica that may be dated, but are still very cool.