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Re: [Icehouse] Martian Coasters rule question

  • FromJoseph Pate <jpate@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 29 Dec 2006 13:58:33 -0800 (PST)
Hi Greg:

You caught me -- I had forgotten from the original series whether the
sport was called Pyramid also -- I didn't think it was (as you've
confirmed), but I didn't remember that they had a card game called
Pyramid already by that point.

Mostly it was tongue-in-cheek anyway, but I thought it was possible
that the new BG writers had some LL experience, and when they needed
to come up with the name of "the" sport... but now I see that name
already existed before (and Pyramid is hardly an esoteric term).

Pretty much, pure laziness on my part.  I have bought the original BG
box set, but haven't watched past the pilot episode yet -- mostly
because my wife has difficulty with the cheese factor of the original
as compared to the new.  I remember at least a couple decent episodes
from my childhood, but have to see how they hold up upon rewatching.
I'm both surprised and not surprised that I haven't seen any sort of
DVD (bootleg or otherwise) regarding Galactica 1980 -- but considering
how bad that was, I haven't been looking very hard.


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> >On 12/19/06, Joseph Pate <jpate@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> I wonder if the Battlestar Galactica writers have played any Ice-ish
> >> games, given that the most popular sport in the human-centric 'verse
> >> is called Pyramid?  Possibly a coincidence.  I doubt it's an homage to
> >> Dick Clark...
> The first series of Battlestar Galactica aired in 1978, several years before 
Icehouse was conceived. It was probably called 'Pyramid' because of the ancient 
mythology that the writers weaved in. 1978 Galactica's "Pyramid" was just a card 
game akin to poker. I have no idea why they decided to use "Pyramid" as the name 
for the Aztech-like ball sport (which was called "Triad" in the 1978 series). 
They also now call the card game "Triad" or "Full Colors."
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