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A Rant on the Latest Battlestar Galactica Reboot

In August 2009 I reported that Bryan Singer was looking to make a new movie about Battlestar Galactica and that this movie would serve as yet another reboot to the BSG mythos.  Needless to say I railed against this proposed movie two years ago.  My core belief is that it is far too soon to be rebooting BSG, especially since the critically acclaimed TV show has only been off the air a few years.  Then we got lucky and Singer accepted the task of making a new film and the BSG reboot was put on the back-burner.  Sadly, Singer’s current film has been shut down and he has expressed an interest in returning to the BSG universe.

Details are starting to come out about the newest reboot to BSG and now it’s looking like they might try to connect this movie with the rebooted TV show’s universe.  Don’t get too excited yet though.  It has been learned that John Orloff will be writing the script for Bryan Singer and in an interview yesterday he let some information out about the possible plot.  According to Orloff:

I’m a huge fan of the original series and of the second show, too. But I always thought the first show was a little too heavily reliant on Star Wars, you know? Whereas I think the second show was really original and really cool.

And I think I’ve come up with a way to write this movie that won’t [frick] any of that up. I’m not sure how much they want me to talk about it. Let’s just say it’s not what you expect. It will all work in the universe that exists. It will not conflict with anything Ron Moore has done. I don’t think you can compete with what he’s done.

So what does this truly mean?  Are they going to keep the story that has been established by Ron Moore’s show?  It sounds like they might… assuming the quote above is something that is stuck too.  Part of me almost thinks this was said to try to quell the fanboy rage over this BSG reboot.

They want to keep the continuity established in Ron Moore’s show yet make something new with the characters.  The only way I can think of to do this is to take something from JJ Abrams playbook.  By that I mean, copy what he did in Star Trek and create an alternate timeline that has all of the same characters.  That way you can do whatever you want and claim not be changing the history of BSG.

Now, I’m wasn’t really a fan of the way in which Star Trek was rebooted but I cannot deny that it worked.  They threw out years of history and established characters to make a movie that had the same characters as the original Star Trek, but it never really felt like Star Trek.  That’s what I’m afraid will happen with this reboot of BSG.  To be fair fans of the original BSG TV show were probably saying the same things when Ron Moore’s reboot was about to debut.  But, there had been years since the last BSG TV show had aired and BSG simply was not relevant in the public anymore.  Ron Moore changed that with his reboot and made BSG relevant outside of nerd culture.   The show won Peabody Awards and critical acclaim.  That was something that could hardly be said about the original.

Ron Moore assembled an incredible cast to tell a fantastic story in the modern BSG.  To reboot the series again smacks of sweeping all of this epic story under the rug.  This still rubs me the wrong way.  I’m sure many other fanboys feel the same way; there were many of us who truly loved Ron Moore’s series.  The simple fact of the matter is that its way too soon to be rebooting Battlestar Galactica.  With the BSG prequel set to debut soon on Syfy Channel the story is still continuing.  However, in closing, it’s not really BSG unless Edward James Olmos is in it!

Does SciFi Want Another Battlestar Galactica Spinoff?

It’s a mixed bag of news for Battlestar Galactica fans right.  Lets start with the good news for all the fans out there.  SciFi Channel is supposedly considering doing another spinoff of the hit TV show.  I tend to think this might actually happen when the SciFi Wire blog reports it.  Since the blog is run by the SciFi Channel they probably have a fairly good idea of what may or may not happen.  Mark Stern, VP of development was quoted as saying:

“We’re looking for other ways to spin-off ‘Battlestar’ beyond ‘Caprica,’” he said. “That world is so rich. We’re sitting down with (executive producer) Ron Moore and his team. It would not necessarily be a traditional series.”

That’s some hope right?  Well we have some more news on the potential spin-off.  Ron Moore, the brains behind the rebooted BSG, seemed to be a bit reserved when it came to the possible spin off.

As for that other potential BSG-related project, Moore insisted it was “really nothing yet.” Syfy approached him and producing partner David Eick, and it’s still early stages. “[They] said, ‘We have this concept for a format in which to do a show. Would you be interested?'” Moore recalled. “We kind of said, ‘Yeah, that’s interesting. What would it be?’ And we had some conversations about what the parameters of the show would be. We’re really at the very beginning of that whole process, so there’s really nothing definitive yet, but we are sort of talking back and forth about what it might be. It’d be in this [BSG/Caprica] universe.”

Personally I think this is pretty promising to create another series.  I’ve really become a convert to Caprica and have thoroughly enjoyed the show so far.  But, if we could get a new space drama similar to the BSG I love so much I’d be ecstatic.  Here’s my idea of what it might be for the spin-off… the first Cylon War.  We’ve already gotten the flashbacks in Razor but this would be a chance to fully see how the war progressed.  Additionally we might get some really good character development when it comes to showing how William Adama and Saul Tigh become such great friends.  If anyone from SciFi channel is listening, please take this idea!  Just think, we have the BSG shows that showcase the birth of the Cylons, the rise to power of the Cylons, and then the fall of the human race.  It’s quite the trilogy that’s put together there!

Here’s the downside to all this news.  SciFi channel still hasn’t announced whether the critically acclaimed Caprica will be renewed for a second season.  I certainly hope so, but I think Caprica’s renewal is going to hinge on the ratings from here on out.  Supposedly there’s a lot of big revelations coming up and that could draw in new viewers.  But lets remember that this show his given new definition to the term slow burn.  My only concern is that the SciFi executives might be considering this new spin-off as a Caprica replacement.   We’ll keep an ear to the ground and let you know what else we can find out.  Until then lets hope Caprica gets renewed and we get the spin-off.