The miniseries remake of Battlestar Galactica is on tonight !! Yay.
I remember fondly the movies from the 1970’s (poor cousins to Starwars that they were), and then the television series of the 80’s.
Part 1 is on tonight – channel 10, 8:30pm and part 2 is tomorrow night at 8:30pm.
I saw bits of it in the US a couple of weeks back – the special effects are amazing (especially when compared to the corny effects they used back in the ultra-low budget days of the 70s).
Of course, there’s a few controversial changes from the original version – making one of the fighter pilot heros a woman ? That sounds like pandering to political correctness to me ! But heck, I’m just going to enjoy the ride – should be good !
Here I’ll through something at you.
I never got into B7 so can’t comment (though I am old enough to have seen it in its first run).
I didn’t get much PC vibe on BSG. But maybe I’m immune to it these days.
Fanboy comment: I don’t believe the commander of the last remaining battlestar would cede command to 43rd in line to the president. Once a disaster like that occurred, civil government is second to survival. The military would keep command and worry about restoring a civilian government once they found a new home.
Trevor Hampel says
I beat the lot of you! I saw this mini-series about six months ago via a video Rose had received from friends in Canada. It must have been shown there about the middle of 2004. It was strange seeing Canadian ads. About the same time I hired a video of 2 episodes from the original TV series. It was interesting to see how they improved the whole concept. the new series is far harder hitting, faster moving, less introspective, and has far more of an 90s feel about it, hence the pandering to PC. Having said that, I think they’ve cast and written the role of Starbuck brilliantly. Great acting too.
Still – nothing comes up to Blake’s 7. I just finished watching series 1 on DVD. This still remains the benchmark (ducks to avoid large objects violently thrown in my direction).
Yeah – agree about starbuck … was upset at first that they took the “PC” route and put a female in the role – but now that I’ve seen the mini-series in full, I agree – she’s scarily like the original Starbuck. I especially saw that in the cigar smoking.
I thought they meant there were twelve different models (ie different people), of which we have seen 4 so far in the mini-series. That would mean that over the course of the series, we have another 8 models to discover. Of course, I could be wrong and they meant there were 12 in total ? Three each of four designs ? Which would mean that there would be 10 left given we’ve seen two die (the one Adama killed in the munitions store, and 6, who we presume died on Caprican ???). Maybe I’m way off track here and I need to go back and listen to the dialog a bit more carefully. A bit difficult to concentrate with all these blonde leggy Cylons in the way ! :D
OK I watched the second part last night. I like the female Starbuck character. She’s so much like the original it’s freaky. Blonde, cigar smoking, gambling, brawling and promiscuious.
I’m hearing that if you liked the mini-series, you’ll like the series even more.
One question is “There are twelve models…” I take it to mean twelve different characters. But I thought Six said there were twelve of her?
I watched it last night. I was a fan of the original series. The “movies” were actually a collection of the original TV episodes and the pilot.
This revisioning is great. I actually like the updates, was concerned that they put an ex-Trekker in charge but I like what he did with it. He also has a blog at http://blog.scifi.com/battlestar/
The freaky thing is that Baltar reminds me of ST:DS9 Dr Julian Bashir