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I might turn into one of those pitchfork wielding goons who says never mess with the classics, even though this classic was itself a reboot of the original 70s TV series, but there is going to be another new version of Battlestar Galactica, this time masterminded by the guy behind Mr Robot. This has come out of nowhere!

 

https://deadline.com/2019/09/battlestar-galactica-reboot-drama-series-sam-esmail-nbc-streaming-service-peacock-1202736127/

 

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The new NBCUniversal streaming service that the company said Tuesday would be called Peacock will launch in April 2020 with original content that includes series reboots from the NBCU library among its fare. That list includes the return of a sci-fi classic: a new Battlestar Galactica, billed as an original series from Mr. Robot and Homecoming executive producer Sam Esmail.

 


 

Not much is known about the premise, but we hear Esmail is a huge fan of BG and told NBCU brass it was high on a list of titles he wanted to tackle under the mega new four-year overall deal he closed at NBCU’s Universal Content Productions earlier this year.

 

NBCU’s Universal produced the original Glen A. Larson-created Battlestar Galactica series for ABC, and NBC Universal TV produced the successful Ronald D. Moore-commanded revamp that ran from 2004-2009 on the then-Sci-Fi Channel. We hear Esmail had been in touch with Moore, who blessed the idea of him taking on the franchise, because of Esmail’s passion for Moore’s version of the show.

 

 

I’m not sure how to feel about this. I’m currently midway through a rewatch of Galactica and it’s still a stunning show that holds up today, but I like what I’ve watched of Mr Robot a lot and Sam Esmail has a strong identity in terms of being a bit of a TV auteur (maybe he went a bit far up his own arse with that during parts of Mr Robot, mind), so what comes out of this will doubtless be interesting.

 

MR REBOOT.

 

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I assume Sam Esmail had to say that nu-BSG was perfection given he tagged Ron Moore, but does anyone really believe that after the first season?

 

I'm not sure why they're doing this although I think we're at the point where the overriding edict from TV and streaming services is that content must be produced and I suppose it will unarguably be content. I wonder what the Mormons who first came up with BSG think of all this? 

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4 hours ago, DirkCrisis said:

I assume Sam Esmail had to say that nu-BSG was perfection given he tagged Ron Moore, but does anyone really believe that after the first season?

 

Yeah, I do. Well, not perfection but still damn good and as I said on here recently, the ending chokes me up more and more every time I rewatch the series because I just love those characters.

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15 minutes ago, DeciderVT said:

 

Yeah, I do. Well, not perfection but still damn good and as I said on here recently, the ending chokes me up more and more every time I rewatch the series because I just love those characters.

Agreed. There are some stinkers but the good outweighs the bad massively. I don't think a new show could add anything. Caprica was interesting in parts but felt unnecessary. 

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https://collider.com/battlestar-galactica-reboot-details-update-sam-esmail-interview/
 

An interview with Esmail. Not much about the show itself, but he seemed happy to talk about an experimental release strategy. 
 

It’ll be neither weekly nor a big season dump. There may be single episodes and there may be multiple released together depending on what’s happening in the story. Variable length. Sort of spin-off non-chronological episodes filling in backstory could be released alongside some episodes. He described it as a sort of spider web. 
 

Sounds like it could get messy if they’re not careful, so I hope it works out. 

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On 18/09/2019 at 15:05, DirkCrisis said:

I wonder what the Mormons who first came up with BSG think of all this? 

 

Despite Glen A.Larson's name being credited, he apparently had fuckall to do with the reboot and wasn't a fan, doubt he'd be a fan of this if he was still alive either.

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Battlestar Galactica. The series made in the early 2000s (not the 70s one).

 

Is it good? Does it hold up?

 

Is it better than forum favourite The Expanse (which I didn't really like and felt was a bit 'cheap' a la Doctor Who)?

 

 

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 I watched it all recently having only seen the  1st two seasons originally.there's some ropey CGI on the cylons that doesn't look fantastic these days but most of the space action is pretty decent.  story wise the first two seasons are generally excellent and the latter two are good. i was surprised by season 4 because it's considered the worst but some episodes that sound like filler borefests turned out to be pretty gripping.considering the scale and themes throughout the series they pulled it together pretty well.

 

The feature movie( 2 parts i think) to kick it all off will give you the best idea whether it's for you or not.

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Each to their own, I seem to remember the mini series being quite Hallmark Movie of the Week.

 

It was the season one opener that shows what life is like for this bunch of refugees huddled together in the middle of nowhere being attacked by robots. Every. 43 (or so). Minutes. That gripped me.

 

Full disclosure: I did give up on it in season five cos the story felt about as logical as the mad scribbling they find on Kevin Spacey's wall in Seven.

And I watched all of Lost.

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