Listen to Edward James Olmos read the famous 1978 Battlestar coda

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Jan 28, 2013, 12:05 PM EST (Updated)

When Ronald D. Moore rebooted the classic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, he threw out a lot of the cheesier elements and made the show a dark, political work of art. He also dropped the famed narrated coda that accompanied every episode. Or did he?

In the original 1970s series, each episode had a narrated bit that established the premise, as read by Lorne Greene (the original Adama). It was a little corny, but it was awesome. Moore chose to drop the tradition to give his series some breathing room from the original, but that didn’t stop some of the production team from convincing legendary actor Edward James Olmos (the new Adama) from recording the coda. Then, of course, they put it over some new CGI to match the look of the old shot.

That long-lost clip has finally surfaced, and it’s a geeky throwback well worth checking out. It recently popped up on the ByYourCommand Facebook page. Here’s their introduction of the clip:

This was the very last production piece done in the 2003 show. It was done by Mojo. It pays homage to the original series with the ships laid out in the original series closing credit, and the Adama closing comment done by Edward Olmos "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.”

Check out the awesome Battlestar Easter egg below:

What do you think? Should Moore have included this bit in his modern-day take on the series?

(Via Ain’t It Cool News)

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