Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Imperious Leader from the original 1979-1980 Battlestar Galactica.

What you think is hair on the Cylon leader is really a cowl. The "hair" is actually a cowl. It looks like a Brillo pad -- you know, steel wool or something. The face inside it is basically two wide-set glowing snake-eyes, no nose, and a forward-jutting, downward-curved upper snout over a recessed lower jaw. Kind of like the beak of a squid, or the face of the Creature From the Black Lagoon.

At the Museum of Science Fiction in Seattle, they have the robes and cowl on display. You can see in close-ups from the show that the little necklace-like bit is visible. And in the side-view from the show, you can see that it did trail down the back.

You can see from these screencaps from the TV show that the cowl and robes on display in Seattle are exactly the same as the ones in the show. And yes -- he actually had a little green dragon on his arm!

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