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A New BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Series Is Coming!

Published at: Feb. 22, 2001, 1:37 a.m. CST by staff

El Cosmico here, with word from Variety about the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA series. We heard rumblings about this for a while, but now Variety has confirmed it! What can I say, read it for yourself!

Thursday February 22 2:28 AM ET

Bryan Singer to steer relaunch of ``Battlestar''

By Michael Fleming

NEW YORK (Variety) - After transforming ``X-Men'' into a hit (headed for a sequel with him at the helm), director Bryan Singer will steer a relaunch of the cult television series ``Battlestar Galactica.''

Singer has made a deal with Studios USA to reinvent the series and executive produce it with Tom DeSanto, and he'll direct the pilot if it doesn't clash with the ``X-Men 2'' shooting schedule.

The studio is finalizing deals with show runners, and will shop to networks shortly.

Hatched in the wake of ``Star Wars,'' the Glen Larson-created ``Battlestar Galactica'' premiered on ABC in 1978 and ran two seasons, starring Lorne Greene as the commander of the title vessel.

Despite its brief run, the series has attracted a cult following.

``The lesson I learned on 'X-Men' is to have a healthy respect for the fan base of sci-fi fantasy franchises, and I'm confident that the 'Galactica' brand is a sleeping giant,'' Singer said. ``It was a show I watched during its initial run, from the pilot to the final episode. The essence and the brand name is quite potent in a climate where there's a great deficit of sci-fi programming.''

The original series was produced by Universal Television and the assets were inherited by Studios USA when Barry Diller took the helm. While USA Television Production Group president David Kissinger got frequent e-mails from fans, he never considered revisiting the turf until Singer's direct approach.

``I never dreamed a filmmaker of Bryan's stature would be enough of a hard-core fan that he saw this as a franchise that could be reinvented,'' Kissinger said. ``In the initial meeting, I was wary that he might be just another feature guy looking to slap his name on a TV project, but it was immediately clear this wasn't so. He's got a whole mythology and arc for the series already worked out.''

At $1 million per episode, the original was the highest budgeted drama of its time. A cutting-edge reinvention will be pricier, but Kissinger was confident the revenue would be there.

``We'll shop it right away with the goal of having it in a prime-time slot on a network, but it's possible that we might be able to do a dual window scenario with the SciFi Channel,'' Kissinger said. ``With Bryan's vision and a brand name which has international appeal, we're optimistic we'll be able to make it on the grand scale he imagines. The visual imagery he's talking about is unprecedented in its effects and scope.''

Singer unexpectedly has time to immerse himself in ``Galactica,'' as the film he planned to direct, ``Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,'' has been pushed back due to fears of a writers-actors strike.

Singer plans to spend the next few months in full sci-fi mode, having just signed his ''X-Men 2'' deal. He hopes to have that Fox film ready for a possible holiday 2002 bow.

Well! That sounds awesome. Two folks who definitely know how to satisfy fans, re-making one of my favourite shows ever. Too cool. So, if you guys could ask questions of these people...what would they be? Either email me, or put it in talkback, and we'll see if we can't get some of your questions answered. Oh, and make them nice.

-El Cosmico

elcosmico@aintitcool.com

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  • Feb. 22, 2001, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Not gonna say it...

    by critical_theory

    A round of applause for an idea that, like X Men, could be either phenomenal or sink like the American Godzilla. I'd watch the pilot at least, and I always found the original a little silly.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Have to wait and see...

    by Bonus

    All Ive got to say is I hope they dont do a'ST - Voyager' with the series.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Television is in need of good sci-fi

    by Dry Sprocket

    The idea is great! although some may think the old show was chezzy...its only cause it had that 70's look. The concept and premise have always been there. With some good execution, they could have the next big franshise here.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Oh that would be just swell

    by CrapHole

    I'm so stinking close to first...ahhh oh well screw you all.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Yawn

    by mbeemer

    "The studio is finalizing deals with show runners, and will shop to networks shortly." In other words, there is no deal yet. People have been talking about "reviving" BG for decades. I'll believe it when I see it. And, I suspect that the BG fan base that "needs to be respected" is much MUCH smaller than the X-Men fan base. A little marketing research is in order before people commit big bucks to this.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 5:08 a.m. CST

    rock on, babies...

    by Milo_357

    the %#^%ing rocks. With th emodern techs they should be able to do it at a better cost, and not bastrdize the product. Now, which one of you fanboys has the original Battlestar hanging from your ceiling? they might need it...

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Get Richard Hatch!

    by dehayd

    They definitely need Richard Hatch in the cast. Not the one from the original series, the big nude gay guy from Survivor! Ratings dynamite, I tells ya!!

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 6:04 a.m. CST

    snore.....

    by FinnFionn

    The revival of BG is of a piece with reviving Josie and The Pussycats, and Cartoon Networks' "Shorties" and other nostalgic returns of things that weren't very good to begin with; relatively low-cost, pre-sold to a credulous audience, high profit programming fodder. Granted that there is nothing new under the sun, even in Biblical times,but still, give me some originality, take me to places and ideas that I haven't seen or thought of before. It's all about the bottom line, and that is just so stifling.......

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 6:09 a.m. CST

    WB: Why not please everyone? Seamless Branching!!

    by Darth Flapjack

    If the DVD has both the original theatrical cut, this "new" cut AND the extended TV cut, I will personally buy two copies as a thank you to Warners. Why can't these things ever get handled properly? Are monkies in charge?

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Hmm...

    by John Maddening

    My friends and I were talking to Tom DeSanto about this (in very wide-open terms) the night before the Butt-Numb-a-Thon. He really seemed excited about it, so hopefully that will come across onscreen. Now, I hated the original show (with the exception of exactly ONE episode), but maybe this will be cool.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 6:53 a.m. CST

    No, I think not.

    by Mr. Wednesday

    Don't kid yourself children. The "cult fan base" of the original BG is nowhere near enough to keep this show afloat. The ONLY way they could actually do it, is maybe by taking the premise of BG and changing the name. The Batllestar Galactica name is pure poison! Poison I say!

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 8:32 a.m. CST

    The problem with the original

    by Geekgrrl

    Other than cheezy costuming was the writing. The dialog sucked big time. If they fixed those two things, and I think they are capable of doing just that, then the show will rock. Let's not forget that the only reason the show tanked the first time is because they ended up spending more per episode than normal shows did at the time, not because the ratings were low. If they use a Farscape model of saving special effects money for occasional shots, they could go quite far. Or they could use the B5 model of constantly showing mediocre special effects. I suppose the fans would forgive them. I will remain skeptical until I see the pilot.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 10:04 a.m. CST

    I'll settle for the TV show, as long as they get Richard Hatch a

    by Uncle Jay

    "Battlestar Galactica" still remains one of my personal favorite TV shows of all time. Now, if they are gonna do another TV show, fine, but get Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict back, as well as Anne Lockhart and Noah Hathaway (where the hell has he been since "The Neverending Stoty?). Get some new faces as well, but don't make it hokey like some of these awful TV shows! Otherwise, make it a theatrical blockbuster.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Larson or Hatch or neither????

    by Zubalove

    So how does the Larson project and the Hatch project fit into all this? Or is this an entirely new faction in the "Battlestar" battle? Hell, I AM GOING TO COME up with my own concept then...... Well, maybe not. Seriously Harry, what do your little flying monkeys have to say on Rich Hatch's reaction to this news. I've kinda been rooting for old Apollo to win this fight. But ya can't go wrong with Singer.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 10:19 a.m. CST

    TV is ready for "Galactica", and "Galactica" is ready for TV...

    by Chris Knight TFN

    For a moment, try to forget how campy/crappy the original "Battlestar Galactica" looks to us, and reflect on the premise: that humans were a far-flung race across the cosmos, that Earth was only one of many colony worlds and that somewhere out there, some of our brothers were trying to find Earth as their last hope for sanctuary. Everything we know of ancient history, from the Egyptians to the Mayans, came from that origin. It may not have really happened (I don't believe it did anyway), but it made for some fascinating storytelling with the right tools in hand... "Battlestar Galactica" was far more like H.P. Lovecraft than Star Wars, it had that kind of sweeping cosmic feel to it (if not the horror). "Galactica" was bold for its time, even if the medium couldn't accommodate fully its scope. Now it can. And maybe it will be BETTER, without having to label everything in Earth English (did that bother anyone else too?) Sci-fi has become more sophisticated and if it holds "Galactica" to our modern demands, this show will fly. One thing I hope they keep: the religious component. "God" was a word used quite frequently (and quite reverently) on "Galactica", the allusions to the Bible (and yah, I know Glen Larson based the show after some of his Mormon beliefs). There's a rich mythology waiting to be exploited here, and if done right, "Galactica" will be the good sci-fi caliber that we haven't seen on tv since "Babylon 5" :-)

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Sleazy G......

    by Uncle Jay

    I think that show was called "Automan" not "Carman", just a correction. AND MAKE SURE THEY BRING BACK DAGGET!!

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 10:29 a.m. CST

    "THE HIGHWAYMAN" starred Sam Jones and Jacko, that show rocked!!

    by Uncle Jay

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 10:54 a.m. CST

    If Singer is such a huge fan...

    by BSGDAN

    ...he should get in touch with Richard Hatch and do his "BSG: The Second Coming". Any success Galactica will have as a new series will be due to the tireless work that Hatch has put into getting it revived. To just slam the door in his face after all of these years of effort would be a huge insult to him. For years, he's been the only one who believed in Galactica enough to even try to revive it. Now, Singer thinks he knows how to "reinvent" the show. The show doesn't need to be reinvented. It needs a chance to continue. I challenge Singer to prove that he's a fan of the show. Give the original cast and characters a chance to show the world what Galactica can accomplish.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 11:15 a.m. CST

    New BSG vs Richard Hatch and company

    by Pagz

    I really don't know where I stand on this. While I was mildly interested by the idea of reviving the series as proposed by Hatch, I honestly have to say the series was so poorly written that it's hardly worth reviving. The premise is sound, and reinventing the series is, in my view anyways, the best route. There's strong stuff their, but building a new series on the trash that was in the original wouldn't work out to well. Not to mention you'd be starting off far into the story. Fans that want to know what came before will eventually find themselves watching poorly written crap that could mare the whole experience for them. I'm curious as to what Singer has in mind, but until I hear more I won't throw my whole support behind him either. It's too bad that Richard Hatch has put in so much time and effort just to be outdone, but really, it always looked to me like a desperate actor's attempt to revive his former glory days. Maybe I'm wrong, but who can say for certain?

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 11:15 a.m. CST

    What's the point? They were wussies!

    by vich1

    I always thought that as a premise, having the entire series consisting of the good guys running away from the bad guys was nauseating.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 11:33 a.m. CST

    You must keep....

    by Kentucky Colonel

    The Cylons. Too bad John Colicos passed away not too long ago. How about Jonathan Harris? Is he still kicking around? I'm sure he could do the voicework for Lucifer. And keep the theme. And the general look of the ships. Tone down the ladies 70's Farrah 'dos. Keep the cool-ass battle jacket but update the rest of the wardrobe. No kids!!! Robot daggits are cool, though. My favorite episode???? The one where Starbuck crashes on a planet with the Cylon, whom he fixes and then befriends. Kinda like a Twilight Zone episode. To the Lords of Cobal!!!

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I believe it was Patrick Macnee who voiced the Cylon Imperious L

    by Uncle Jay

    ...and he's still kicking around, get him. Yes, Johnathan Harris is still around, in fact, he's making an appearance at the twice annual "Chiller Theatre" show this April in New Jersey,(www.chillertheatre.com). Yeah, he would be good too!

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 12:22 p.m. CST

    BG BS

    by KnightRonin

    My first thought on this story was to rant on about how Battlestar Galactica was the shittiest thing on TV during the 70's. But I can't as that distinction goes to Buck Rogers. "Bedebedebede -- you killed Gary Coleman, Buck." However, my mind has been changed in the span of a few Talk Backs. If done RIGHT (i.e., no metallic fabrics on costumes, better dialogue, no Glen A. Larson) the premise actually has possibilities. As to those who want original cast members involved -- Well that worked so well in the Lost in Space movie, so it should be done here too, right? My biggest complaint is this: Is there no more originality out there anymore? Josie and the Pussycats, Battlestar Galactica, any other TV show from the 60's or 70's. As long as there are drooling fanboys out there whose memories still see these crap shows with Kid-colored glasses, the list seems endless. Come on! Remember Originality? Would you rather see the Matrix again with fresh eyes or a remake of Space:1999 done with techno music and a cast made up of some of the actors from Friends?

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 1:48 p.m. CST

    As long as they keep the tight Han Solo-styled pants on the pilo

    by superninja

    Bryan knows what I'm talkin' about. He's a smart guy, he'll do something cool with it. Studio USA tends to put out campy shows, but maybe with someone of Singer's caliber interested, they will let him do what he wants. The original idea for the show is pretty universal -- it's been used over and over again in movies and t.v. for a long time now. Most recently, I'd have to say Titan A.E. I just hope they don't make a bunch of goofy Trek aliens, as someone mentioned. Also, keep the pseudo science and new age crap out of it as much as possible and focus on adventure.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 1:52 p.m. CST

    There is room for this now with ST: Voyager ending.

    by superninja

    Andromeda is weak, Studio USA's Cleopatra 2525 is also, Babylon 5 is doing movie-of-the week, and with Berman still running Trek, that new show, I predict, with be nothing but more boring formula with younger "hipper" actors sitting around in bars moaning about their test scores and trying not to sleep with each other. Budget would be a big issue with this series and a really strong director who can make it look cinematic.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 2:15 p.m. CST

    All your base are belong to us

    by EvilSamNeill

    Adama: What happen? Mechanic: Someone set up us the bomb Operator: We get signal Adama: What! Operator: Main screen turn on. Adama: It's you!! Cats: How are you gentlemen!! Cats: All your base are belong to us Cats: You are on the way to destruction Adama: What you say? Cats: You have no chance to survive make your time Cats: Ha ha ha .... Operator: Adama!! Adama: Take off every 'ZIG'!! Adama: Move 'ZIG' Adama: For great justice.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 4:29 p.m. CST

    This worries me...

    by Splunge

    Richard Hatch has been busting his a$$ to get Galactica back on the air somehow, even getting a spectacular 5 minute "trailer" done with special effects and many of the original cast. He has a vision which will not take away from the original version, but build upon it. Not re-inventing it, but continue it forward - keeping the best of the old, but introducing new things. They should be talking with him as well, since he's already got a plot and plenty of backing behind his vision.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Cast clarifications

    by Spoons

    Uncle Jay, Patrick McNeee was the voice of the Imperios Leader, plus he did the opening voiceover. I'm 99% certain he also played the false god "Count Iblis" or something like that, but imdb.com can't confirm that for me. Jonathan Harris was the voice of Lucifer. John Colicos played Baltar.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 4:58 p.m. CST

    www.battlestargalactica.com

    by sedona

    http://www.battlestargalactica.com -- I hope Bryan Singer takes the time to meet with Richard Hatch and learn what fans have been clamoring for, since Richard has been championing those wishes for the past few years, culminating in a VERY intense/well-produced trailer and some well-written original novels. Listen to the fans, Bryan! Please!

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 5:11 p.m. CST

    I Leave My Computer For A Few Centaurs, And Look What's Happened

    by Village Idiot

    Like many children of the 70s, I got my weekly Star Wars heroin fix through the methadone known as Battlestar Galactica. Did anyone go to Universal Studios and have the "Battlestar Galactica Experience?" So real at eight years old, so cheesy at thirteen. That appraisal also applies to the show itself. After a Sci-Fi channel induced nostalgia jag, I did some web exploration to learn more about the show and to see if there was any value in the series beyond kitsch (via the aforementioned cheese mixed with the hammy and undeserved pretentiousness of the show). And I found that there really wasn't any. Richard Hatch's stuff was a little too ubermench-y (Apollo is the decendent of a holy "master" race of colonials), and frankly we get a little too much of that kind of elitism via Star Wars. If Bryan Singer does his take, I'll probably watch it. Hell, if *Marc* Singer does his take, I'll probably watch it. I'll watch it because the 3rd grader who used to draw endless vipers during his free time in me will demand it. Felgar Carb!

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 5:36 p.m. CST

    You know, what I'm thinking, and I doubt it will make me popular

    by superninja

    Is that they could also use the Cylons as a testing-ground for a Transformers movie.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Dump Hatch & Larson !!!

    by BrianSLA

    Go Singer! GO! Dump the daggits and all kiddies! Go serious sci-fi and hard action.Dump ALL the old actors because if their fan base then and now were so strong it would have never been cancelled in the first place. BG did have a great premise, it was decently executed for the time but its 20 years old and too late. Start fresh. Revamp a totally new Galactica / Vipers / Cyclons / Cylon Raiders, etc. When ST:TNG appeared you didn't see or want to see the old Enterprise. BUT PLEASE NO KIDS ON THE SHOW! Go the Babylon 5 route and say NO KIDS and don't pander / target it for kids.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 8:06 p.m. CST

    If this is going to be done at all. . .

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    . . .then Singer has the right idea. Start over from the very beginning with a new story arc, talented writers and above all GOOD SCRIPTS. And NO, don't use the origional actors. Wipe the slate clean and start fresh--the concept is good, and done right we could wind up with something better then Babylon 5. But ya know what? I have to agree with KnightRonin--we need MORE origionality in Science Fiction these days, not less, both on television and in the movies. I mean, I loved Galactica back in the day, but some on--it's over 20 friggin' years later! Let's move ON. What about doing a series or mini-series based on David Zindell's "The Broken God?" Or on Peter Hamilton's "Night's Dawn" series? Dan Simmon's "Hyperion" books. . .C.S. Lewis' classic works. . .there's just so much great stuff out there, but all Hollywood wants to pump out are rehashes and remakes of old things. It's just stagnating, and it's really sad. Do something origional. Pleeeeeease?

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Xmen2 contract

    by X-Girls

    So, the contract is signed and it's in the future... anyone have news on what budget X2 will be made for? Never saw Galactica.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Bum-Buppanum-Buppanum-Buppanumanum, Bum-Buppanumanum Bum-Bum-Bum

    by Pepperseed

    I tried jumping into the Apple trees, but the sherrif caught me anyway... [BG+Singer=Good!]

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 11:51 p.m. CST

    THIS JUST IN: SMILIN' JACK RUBY'S INTERVIEW WITH SINGER COHORT T

    by Village Idiot

    This address may stretch the page, but this interview is brand new and apropos of this story and talkback: <http://www.fandom.com/smilinJackRuby/editorial.asp?action=page&obj_id=262111> He's coy about details, but does reveal the attitude that they're approaching it with (and obliviousness about Hatch). I found this at Patrick Sauriol's Coming Attractions, from which you can get a link if you don't want to type in the address above.

  • Feb. 23, 2001, 6 a.m. CST

    Now leave Babylon 5 outta this ...

    by Ranger*Elrond

    what ye of little faith seem unable to grasp is that Dodgy first series and cheap SFX for the first half of the show aside, B5 had GRIT, dealing with major and ageless contemporary issues that never die; a bit like shakespeare really, but translated for you. B5 was compelling, intelligent, witty and brave. don't forget it. Hi my name's Ranger*Elrond and i'm a scifi-holic ... this BG thing sounds wonderful. Singer could take it a loooooong way, and i do agree with other TBers that the basic premise is a brilliant one, but therfe oughta be some major changes. like the vypers - they oughta be "realistic" for space flight, like the Starfury (the coolest space dogfighter FULL STOP). shame about hatch, you'd have though he'd have got a life after 22 years of obscurity ...

  • Feb. 23, 2001, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Ooohh!

    by Silencer

  • Feb. 23, 2001, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Ooohh!

    by Silencer

    Like many here, I used to get my regular Sci-fi fix from Battlestar Galactica (albeit in reruns in the mid eighties) and I do want a new series. But I want a NEW new BSG series. keep the original premise, okay, but give the series a makeover, top to bottom. I think the serious B5 style will suit it better, and although there will have to be kiddies I'm afraid (a whole refugee fleet with NO children.. implausible.) They MUST NOT BE CUTE! Any children featured will have to look and act like fucked up little refugees. Also I relly don't want to see the original cast all back, they're too old. It's gonna be hard to pull off a space sci-fi series (general fanbase of 15-30 year old males) when none of the heroic starfighter types are under the age of about 40. The idea behind building a new series isn't just to pander to the original fans, but to build a new fanbase as well. If the original roles and cast come back, it'll be VERY hard to pull in a younger crowd. So bring back some of the old guys and gals in older roles, and get in some talented youngsters to bring in the new crowd.

  • Feb. 23, 2001, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Kill All Humans!

    by bswise

    Sorry, but Hatch's whole crusade to bring back Galactica has always struck me as sad and delusional in a Norma Desmond kinda way. Hey, not that I didn't love that show, with it's velvet and suede uniforms (I was in the 3rd grade), but I vote for leaving Hatch and Larson in the land that time forgot and please try and come up with a decent sci-fi show for once. This could be exciting, the whole idea of refugees in space is as good a premise for timely parable as any. In this post-T2/Matrix era though, the Cylons are in bad need of a makeover. All they did in the original was toddle around and say "By Your Command" to Baltar the Paunchy. I'm hoping Singer's gang will have fun imagining an entirely cybernetik society, a complex society yet emboldened by a simple, earstwhile dream... of killing all humans.

  • Feb. 23, 2001, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Thank god Glen Larson has no say!

    by Baldur_Boy

    While Richard Hatch and his ego kind of annoyed me, he did have some really good ideas for re-inventing/updating the series. Glen Larson on the other hand wanted to ignore everything else, and make it about another battlestar. (Duh! It's called Battlestar Galactica for a reason shit-for-brains) Larson had two chances at BSG, (Galactica 1980 anyone?) and failed miserably, despite a decent start (robot dogs and annoying little kids aside) If you ever see the Sci-Fi channel Sciography about BSG, you'll see Larson even state that due to time constraints, "the writing wasn't very good". No kidding! No wonder the show died. Nothing like going to film with a bad script/story. At least with Hatch and Larson out of the picture, Singer will have a clear field to re-invent the series. Maybe Singer should try and get J. Michael Strazinsky onboard as a scriptwriter. I would be up for that.

  • Feb. 23, 2001, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Even though I've said this before....

    by iloveryan

    ....two very important things need to be kept in mind for an improved Battlestar Galactica. 1) Have the Galactica's propulsion mechanism be something more plausible than rocket thrusters that can only go to light-speed and 2) No ham-fisted right-wing proppaganda this time or else I won't even consider watching it!

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 12:35 a.m. CST

    ever read Hatch's books???

    by welty69

    I have read his BG books and they stay in the line of the show as well as add new stuff. Singer should do lots of research as he did in X men. I can't wait. By the way I am new!!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 6:56 a.m. CST

    TO STORMBRINGER

    by Manos

    DAGGITS were on the Galatica. DOGGIT is the new guy on X-Files.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 8:47 a.m. CST

    TV Sci-Fi

    by Elliot_Kane

    The biggest problem with many of the TV Sci-Fi series is that the people making them too often fall into the trap of believing that special effects are an effective substitute for characterisation and plotting. Singer is likely to avoid that, so the new BG should be pretty good. I think that the original BG had a good basic premise, and worked well for its time, but that it should be totally redone from scratch with a new cast and new characters. Trying to go with a continuity that is twenty years out of date will only serve to alienate a lot of people who would otherwise like the show. The Cylons need to be more threatening - remorseless alien killing machines. An unemotional walking battle-computer shouldn't miss 9 out of 10 times. They do look pretty cool, though, with that single roving eye... And Earth should never be found. The instant it is we have a 'Cylons - Invasion Earth' scenario, and I don't think we'd really be able to put up much of a fight. Even the simple stuff like cutting the enemy's lines of supply and taking the fight to them would be completely impossible. Assuming we even survived the first attack.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 2:59 p.m. CST

    In away Brian could be right about somethings

    by Darth Satan

    Yes please take away the kiddy element. No daggets or little kids.But IMHO I would like to see the story arc from the orginal cast members from the first season. The revamping they did of the show when they found Earth sucked ass and should be totally thrown out of the story line. I believe they orginally did this to save money, and it showed. I don't think though that the old cast members should get a permeant seat on the show. Just bring them back for the pilot they were all horrible actors anyway. But It would be nice if there was a transition from the old show to new. But keep the cylons they where cool. Also I hate watching movies or tv show's where there's some type of military orginization, but everyone has long hair and dresses sloppy. (I can't watch 7 Days anymore since the black guy grew a goatee). I realize there where civilians on the other ships, but I think Singer should make the pilots look like a real military orginization.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I disagree, Elliot_Kane.

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    I think that the new BG should have a specific life span, like Babylon 5, at the end of which they find earth. Only it shouldn't be earth in the present day--*booorrring.* It should be earth in the 24th or 25th Century. This entire story should be taking place in that time period, only the audience wouldn't know it because the few times the Galactica picks up earth broadcasts they are from the 20th century (Einsteinian physics at work, you know--the slowness of light speed and all that). When they finally *do* get here, we've colonized not only the entire solar system but all of the nearby star systems as well (however, we've still not discovered any other intelligent life). At least this way we would be able to hold our own against the Cylons. And also . . .what if, when they got here, they find that earthlings *weren't* good guys? What if the Galactica and Co. made all this effort to travel all the way to earth only to discover that it was run by a genocidal fascist tyranny or a fanatical theocracy of some sort? And yet the Galactica still needed us because only we could help them finally defeat the Cylons. Heh heh. Just a thought. As for having kids on the show, sure. It's a refugee ship after all; so there are *gonna* be kids--just not lovable moppets. At least some of them are gonna be emotionally damaged, delinquent little monsters who are always getting into trouble and making life hell for the security units on board. Others have to grow up *way* too fast due to the constant skirmishing with the Cylons. There should also be ethnic strife and divisions among the various groups of humans on board (Gemins, Saggitarians, etc). In other words, this whole thing should be handled realistically. As I said in my earlier posting, I would prefer something new, but despite what some think BG could really be a kick-ass show *if handled properly.* I loved the original (except for Galactica 1980, which in my universe simply didn

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 9:53 a.m. CST

    SLJ, you convinced me.

    by Elliot_Kane

    A future Earth run by a totalitarian regime? Sounds pretty cool. I only thought of current Earth due to the awful BG 1980 series (I like your universe's view of that). How about TWO totalitarian regimes on the verge of armed conflict? That way Galactica gets to play peacemaker, and ups the stakes. If they can't unite two mutually hating and utterly distrustful peoples, the human race will be destroyed for ever. If there is only one government, however evil, the outcome is still never in doubt. More than two just gets overcomplicated.

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Battlestar Galactica

    by algriff

    A revival of the old show would be fun. I agree with the post that I hope it starts from a future point as Star Trek:Next Gen did. Forget about the 1980 show. I'm a huge Farscape fan but would like having another quality sci-fi show to watch. Let's hope this will be one of those. Until then-I will be impatiently waiting for Farscape's Season 3 to start.

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Or maybe....

    by iloveryan

    ....Battlestar Galactica gets to Earth only to find that the Cylons found it first and conquered it! (A terrible idea, I know; I just felt like being morbid and gloomy.)

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Your Own Personal (sithlord) Jesus

    by Village Idiot

    Dear lord man, you want to have the colonial fleet come to find a dystopian Earth? I suppose that would be sweet irony if the show were an Outer Limits episode, but come on! In the long tradition of "We Got To Get To The Promised Land" stories, like (the original) Lost in Space, Wagon Train, Gilligan's Island, and, well, Exodus, the cookie they recieve for all the trouble and dramatic tension is that they actually make it to the promised land. That is the pay-off, and most dramatically satisfying *conclusion*. (Besides, having them come to contemporary Earth would be dystopian enough.) The story is about travelling around the universe and getting into wacky misadventures (a road movie, if you will), and the series should END with them finally reaching our Earth. Finished. Finis. Over. The end. (Unless they have a later TV movie where they unite with the Harlem Globetrotters.)

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 9:18 p.m. CST

    BG

    by jrgunn

    O.k, like I said over in the WRONG talkback (man that's frustrating), I hope that Mr. Singer will take a much more detailed and inventive approach to this series; i.e..make the Cylons more interesting than just the hated Snidely Whiplash by creating conflicting internal politics within the Empire. Move into a WWII metaphor with the Galactica Fleet taking the part of Jewish refugees fleeing genocide, and other human and alien societies facing the same difficult decisions that the nations of Europe faced at the time. Throw in some B5 like diplomatic intrigue and life would get REALLY interesting. But it'll probably be another Voyager......No..no..I won't accept that. Mr. Singer says he respects his audience. We'll find out if that's true.

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Re: Elliot_Kane and Village Idiot

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    Well, with two totalitarian regimes you could get a nice piece of added tension, in that the Cylons are right behind and if the Galactica can

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Before this Talkback fades into final obscurity. . .

    by Village Idiot

    Let me just add that if the cylons were real, the war with the humans would be no contest: they'd win by virtue of Vernor Vinge's "Singularity Theory." Computers are already able to think faster than the human brain, all that is necessary is that one artificial inteligence is created that is *smarter* than a human. If we can create something smarter than us, it (that intelligence) can create something smarter than it, only much faster, and again, and again, and again, improving ad infinitum; and the subsequent "spike" in intelligence would be mind boggling, with the thinking of these new beings transcending consciousness as we know it. At this point, the cylons really wouldn't care about the colonies. The difference between them would be tantamount to the difference between us and goldfish. Just remember this when you hear in the news about the next advancement in artificial intelligence in the news. This is Village Goldfish, signing off.

  • Feb. 27, 2001, 6:59 a.m. CST

    It would be cool if they found Earth and

    by Geekgrrl

    It was devoid of life. They had to start over. Humans had long since left or died out or whatever. Or maybe they just find Neanderthals ala Hitchiker's Guide. Or the Cylons got there first (good idea) Who cares if it doesn't fit the general genre of a travel story, it would be a great ending/begining. To be good it would have to be a little more dark than the 70's version. I think the Cylons should also have something tempting to offer the refugees, other than just being big bad whatevers. What if they offer a "Pax Romana?" What if Cylons aren't the only bad thing out there? Don't worry about Galactica 1980. I think most fans view it in the same light as Highlander 2 or the Brady Bunch Variety Hour. Things that never should have been and will be ignored as fiercly as possible. I don't think anyone is likely to want to revive any of them.

  • March 18, 2001, 7:45 p.m. CST

    No TV series

    by bsg_fan

    Been a fan from way back, but I honestly believe the best bet for BattleStar Gallactica, is to bring it back as a movie franchise. Keep Richard Hatch involved, maybe have some input from Larson, but obviously any acting parts by the originals must be them playing a different characters in the movies. I'd like to see plans for it to be at least a 3 movie franchise, with the possibility of extending to perhaps 6 or more movies. All movies should revolve around getting to the distant 'mythical' colony of Earth, as an extension to the original series, without the arrival at Earth until the last movie (i.e. at no sooner than the 3rd movie), and the Earth being set in, not as the original '1980' season, but somewhere beyond the year 2580. Why a movie franchise, rather than TV series ? Obtaining a budget for a TV series could restrict SFX or the writers budget, which in turn would reduce the watchability of such series. Remember what happened to the original series, and what people have said about that, particular the '1980' season ?