Saturday May 28, 2022

Battlestar Galactica: A Masterpiece of Modern Science Fiction

When it was first announced that after years of speculation there would be a new Battlestar Galactica miniseries, fans of sci-fi and genre television weren’t quite sure whether or not it would be worth the effort. After all, as beloved as the original TV series was, it was far from brilliant. With adorably questionable production values, an uneven cast, and highly spotty writing, it was little more than a pleasant distraction for those fans drawn to Star Wars sci-fi. A short-lived first run in 1978 was followed by the spectacularly poor Galactica 80, which is best left forgotten. If you had told us at the start that a remake of this jagged SF thread would go on to become the best sci-fi TV franchise, a lot of us would have laughed in your face.

But here we are. After the miniseries showed so much promise, the new era of Battlestar Galactica became a cult hit, then an international phenomenon as each successive season brought in new fans, eager to catch up on the drama. How the hell did this happen? Aside from the extremely high production values ​​in this new take on Galactica, it was down to a great cast, great scripts, and a very nice twist on the classic formula. Things got a bit upside down, but it worked, and it worked wonderfully.

DVD sales of the new Battlestar Galactica series have proven the show’s popularity with contemporary audiences, and the reworking of the original concepts from the first Galactica show was given enough of a modern shine to get fans addicted. Congratulations to the writers and stars of Ronald D Moore’s new Battlestar Galactica – you’ve brought us the definitive sci-fi TV event of the decade, as well as a new generation of genre TV stars like Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff, who have won the hearts of science fiction fans around the world.

There is talk of a new feature film based on the original incarnation of Battlestar Galactica, but this seems terribly counterproductive, considering how popular the remake of the series is. Why not let the franchise close with the end of the new era? May it end well. New fans don’t want to go back to the classic series, they are more than happy with the amazing new model.

Despite the Cylons being reworked, the story changed a bit, and the complexity increased a thousandfold, the new Battlestar Galactica won legions of new fans for a franchise many thought long dead, and through extras like the spin-off project. Razor (in addition to other upcoming movies) and the upcoming Caprica prequel series, the story of Battlestar Galactica will continue to resonate in the sci-fi pantheon long after the series has ended.

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