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June 28, 2003

ReBattlestar

Dykstra-spawned, Star Wars ripped-off, evangelical science fiction masterpiece Battlestar Galactica makes its return December 7. 2003 as a Sci Fi Channel mini-series. This is some of the best news in a year already packed with speculative fiction goodness. Writer and producer Ronald D. Moore explains:

Here lies a slumbering giant, its name known to many, its voice remembered by but a few. For a brief moment, it strode the Earth, telling tall tales of things that never were, then stumbled over a rating point and fell into a deep sleep.

I think there's life in that old giant. But I think that just poking him with a stick and expecting him to leap to his feet and resume his journey as if no time had passed would serve only to hasten his final death throes. He needs a makeover. Especially that '70s hair.

Not sure about this claim as the Flea happens to think the '70s hair was the whole point of the show. Well, that and Lorne Greene. Sets for the new show do not look cheezee enough despite the promising trailers and rock-hard Cylon action. But Starbuck and Boomer both cast as women? I think not.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 28, 2003 11:50 AM

Comments

Why do they have to screw everything up. The original series was camp bad but this new series looks just bad...except with even more money spent on it. Bah...

Posted by: Steven Martinovich at June 30, 2003 12:47 AM

I can't wait. Although I feel weird lusting after Starbuck. Dirk Benedict that woman ain't.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at June 30, 2003 01:19 AM

"Our goal is nothing less than the reinvention of the science-fiction television series."

Spew? Spew? What about X-Files? What about Fire Fly? And...the holy of holies...what about Babylon 5?

BS:G was fun (at least the first season), but more so during the first half when it was more a series of small movies than a TV series. When it went weekly, it went downhill.

Of more interest to me was the pre-production process. The artwork by Ralph McQuarrie. The SFX by John Dykstra.

Here's Ralph McQuarrie's own website...

http://ralphmcquarrie.com/

And here's an interesting article about finding the BS:G model...

http://www.starshipbuilder.com/studio-scale/resurrecting_galactica1.html

The BS:G article is a two-parter, so you'll have to do some back paging to get "home" and then find the second part...

Posted by: Fred Kiesche at June 30, 2003 08:01 AM

A female character named Boomer?

Will they still have the "entertainers"?

What will the Cylon leader be without John C's voice? And the assistant Cylon leader with "Dr. Smith's" voice?

No 70's hair? Ahhhhhhhhh.....

Bummer. Well, maybe the series will come out as a mega-boxed-set edition on DVD with lots of extras. I'm just about through my Space: 1999 mega-boxed set, having polished off the two sets of UFO...

Posted by: Fred Kiesche at June 30, 2003 08:20 AM

This plus an earlier ("Old Flea") posting made me think: Can a revival of "The Starlost" be far behind???

Yes, I did see that show when it was first on!

:)

Posted by: Fred Kiesche at June 30, 2003 08:21 AM

A Starlost remake... my head hurts...

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at June 30, 2003 10:34 AM