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If you are looking for a tale that is more interesting and epic than that of Battlestar Galactica, the tale of human survivors fleeing Armageddon on a search for their long lost brothers of Earth, then might I suggest you have to go no further than the tale of Battlestar Galactica, the tale of a late seventies television show that was filled with irony, controversy, and a franchise name that has somehow acquired enough legs to bring it into the real future where, ironically, the real space program is nearly dead. (Didn’t see that coming did you Arthur?) It is also an interesting tale of exactly how idiots can come to run billion dollar media empires and prove, decisively, that political stupidity is not confined to the halls of capital buildings.
Is there a point to this? Sure is! For a show that only lasted one season, was slammed by the critics, and predicted to be quickly forgotten it sure has managed to keep things stirred up. There had been talk of picking the series back up for years. ABC even came up with a cheaper version of the show just a year after it was canceled, Galactica 80.
That was the result of someone telling an ABC exec that they were in the business of getting high ratings and BSG was getting high ratings. That gave the exec a eureka moment and he quickly announced, “we’re going to save this show by taking away everything people want to see, firing all it’s biggest stars, giving it a crappy time slot, and then giving the shows staff only a week to turn out the pilot episode! It’s a sure thing!” It wasn’t and, over at ABC, they’re still trying to figure out why.
The idea of bringing back the show bounced around for two more decades and the studio execs declined the opportunity, at every turn, because they figured that all the fan base would do is watch it and what good is that? Finally the show ended up on the desk of a guy named Ron Moore and somebody decided to give him some money and let him make the show because, “didn’t he used to write for Star Trek? That’s in space right? Isn’t this show set in Space or was it that deep sea show with the shark guy? I can’t keep them straight.”
In all fairness, Ron turned out a pretty descent show and, it built it’s own fan base. It also stirred up a lot of controversy amongst the fans of the original show. That should have been something that Ron was more than familiar with seeing as how TNG got a somewhat less but, similar, reception from the Original Trek fans. Ultimately the Trekkies embraced TNG and figured they could live with both shows. They didn’t start getting pissy until Stark Trek Quantum Lea….errr I mean Enterprise. That did not happen with BSG. Even to this day, when the subject comes up, I still encounter people with ravenous venom for the remake of BSG. Most of them will also admit they never watched it and are even proud of that fact.
Both TNG and BSG came back after a twenty year absence, of their franchise, from the market. They both had the advantage of an entirely new generation (hey it isn’t called TNG for nothing) that had never seen first runs of the shows. They had the freedom to maneuver and, hey, go where no man had gone before. Ron Moore made some bold choices in the changes he made with BSG and, ultimately, he proved successful. Kind of hard to believe that you could take a script called Adam’s Ark, written in the early seventies by a guy who was out of tune with his generation, rip off a more popular franchise, and the result of that being two guys getting in a fist fight at a party because one thinks that Dirk Benedict is cuter than Katie Sackhoff. Yet it happened.
Unfortunately we live in a reboot mad environment. We live in an age when our entertainment industry is turning out seasons half as long or, breaking up seasons and showing them over a two year period. All in the name of being cheap and saving money. The new BSG suffered from that. It only had four seasons but was on the air for six years. That’s why we get so many reboots. Brand names are familiar and they sell. Unfortunately the guys in the executive offices haven’t bothered to notice that reboots fail just as often as new shows. What can I say, turn out a crappy show and you will not get enough people to watch, no matter what you call it!
Well I guess the studio execs figured if they didn’t get it right the first time, or in this case even the second, then three is a charm. If you are thinking that I am thinking that you are thinking what I am then you are right. Yes, Universal Studios has announced yet another reboot. After only five years since the last incarnation of BSG left the airwaves, they’ve decided they’re going to reboot the franchise once again. Another, entirely new BSG is entering pre production and will be out in the next two years. Oh great, now we’re not just going to have two groups of feuding fan boys, we’re going to make it a threesome!