I feel like a bit of a fraud because I haven’t seen the original Battlestar Galactica. Who knows how I’d feel about the 2004 remake if I’d watched the first iteration before checking out the new one. About the remake though: what a show — perhaps one of my top five in terms of favourites.
It was perfect. I’ve read that some people thought the plot got a little convoluted in the latter half of the show, and that the ending was a little lame and didn’t tie up a few loose ends. I can understand those arguments, and I won’t attempt to counter them. I absolutely love the show, and that’s good enough for me.
I wasn’t pleased when I found out there were efforts underway to reboot the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Good lord, could you imagine the outcry if someone tried to reboot Firefly with different actors? Of course, reboots are sometimes called for. Star Wars, in my opinion, was handled well, and The Force Awakens reignited passion among the older generations and gained legions of new fans. Star Trek was in dire need of a kick in the rear. The trailer for Star Trek Beyond makes it look like the director wanted to suck the soul out of the franchise and create an action film with space lasers and space explosions, but this new set of movies has got people interested in Trek again, and that’s fantastic.
Did people like Star Trek: Enterprise? I’m not sure, since I know very few people (if any) who love the franchise like I do. I loved the show, but it easily could have been a forgettable swan song for the franchise — it wasn’t something that attracted very many new fans (if any) to Trek.
So, a new Battlestar Galactica movie? The 2004 show was perfect, or as close as can be. You don’t mess with that sort of greatness. At best, I suppose, you create something very good and create new life for the franchise. At worst, you end up with Airplane II: The Sequel or the American version of Oldboy, neither of which I’ve seen — the former because the original Airplane is arguably the greatest comedy ever written, the latter because I’m not a masochist.
You know what, though? I’ll still end up watching any new entries in the Battlestar Galactica universe because I’m a sucker.