October 23, 2014 – The Star Wars rumor mill continues to churn, and earlier this summer, leaked concept images of silvery-looking Stormtroopers appeared. Some observers have nicknamed them chrome troopers, though that is not their official nomenclature.
These Imperial foot soldiers have a meaner, darker look than the somewhat bumbling-cannot-shoot-straight stormtroopers of Episode IV (1977). Because of their shiny armor and appearance, some commentators have said they look like cylons from Battlestar Galactica.
The first iteration of Battlestar Galactica was an American-produced sci-fi TV series, which ran from 1978 to 1979. It featured a ragtag fleet of human refugees searching for their legendary homeworld called Earth while fighting Cylons along the way. The show returned again from 2004-2009 and produced 75 episodes.
If you compare a cylon (left) versus a stormtrooper (right), there are many obvious similarities. And if we start adding chrome-plated armor to the stormtrooper – as we suspect he will look in Star Wars Episode VII – you can see how much more similar the Ep. VII stormtrooper will appear to be vis-à-vis the cylon.
But then this begs the question: Who is copying who? Perhaps everything is turning full circle because the very first Battlestar Galactica episodes (1978-1979) appeared after Star Wars Episode IV (1977) was released. Imitation truly is the best form of flattery.
BONUS QUESTION: How many similarities can you find between The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and the opening theme of Battlestar Galactica (also 1980)? I count at least five in the 10-second span between 00:50 and 01:00.