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morjana
January 13th, 2005, 12:57 AM
From the Boston Globe (Boston, MA):

http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2005/01/13/sci_fi_reverts_to_original_space_mission_and_launches_weekly_battlestar_series/

ON TV

Sci Fi reverts to original space mission and launches weekly 'Battlestar' series
By Suzanne C. Ryan, Globe Staff | January 13, 2005

For the past 10 years, Richard Hatch has been on a mission to return the classic space drama ''Battlestar Galactica" to the small screen.

The actor, who starred in the original 1978 series about a group of space colonists desperately searching for earth as they are pursued by evil robots, has written seven books advancing the story line. (His latest, ''Redemption," will be published in April.)

He produced a four-minute film trailer illustrating his ideas for a spinoff. And he's made the rounds at about 30 sci-fi conventions, signing autographs and appearing on panels, all in the hopes of resurrecting those pesky red-eyed villains, the Cylons.

Tomorrow night, Hatch's dream becomes a reality. A retooled version of ''Battlestar Galactica" will return to television as a weekly Friday-night series on the Sci Fi Channel at 10.

The premiere follows a successful ''Battlestar" miniseries, which aired on the channel in December 2003 despite objections from fans who disliked some of the new twists, as in the dreaded Cylons now looking humanoid and mingling undetected among people.

Much to his delight, Hatch, 58, will guest star in two episodes this season, although he'll portray a terrorist -- not the daring fighter pilot Apollo, his former character.

''People love space-adventure series. . . .." Hatch said. ''Hopefully, the show will get a chance" to thrive, unlike the original program which lasted just one season on ABC, he said.

The launch of ''Battlestar Galactica" represents a flip-flop in the Sci Fi Channel philosophy. Two years ago, it wanted to move beyond the space odyssey, because viewers were no longer impressed by gee-whiz technology and portrayals of the future.

In March 2003, the channel ignored the pleas of fans and dropped its first original series ''Farscape" in favor of higher-profile programming such as the Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries ''Taken" and ''Frank Herbert's Children of Dune." It also introduced its first original reality series ''Scare Tactics" and a horror-comedy series spun off the movie ''Tremors."

While ''Taken" broke Sci Fi's viewership records (it attracted an average of 4.97 million viewers), ''Scare Tactics" and ''Tremors" didn't fare as well. ''Tremors" was canceled after one season and ''Scare Tactics" (whose reruns are currently airing) may not return.

Now management is backpedaling, having filled the cable network's schedule with space adventures, including its top primetime original shows ''Stargate SG-1" and its spinoff ''Stargate Atlantis." ''Andromeda," ''Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," the original ''Battlestar" series, and ''Star Trek" are also airing, although those four programs are re-runs that air during the day.

''We can never totally abandon the space opera," said Sci Fi's president Bonnie Hammer. ''It's such a part of science fiction."

''Battlestar" is sort of a compromise, she said, because it's not a traditional space tale but more of an intense drama where people are focused on war and survival.

Long term, Hammer promises, the channel will continues its quest to diversify. This year, it plans to air the films ''Painkiller Jane," which is based on the comic book of the same name about a female superhero, and ''Eureka," which is an earth-based story about a town inhabited by geniuses. If the films are successful, they will be developed into series, she said.

The channel will also air ''The Triangle," a miniseries about the myth of the Bermuda Triangle and a group of characters who come together to try to solve its mystery.

In the spring, Sci Fi will also be launching the second season of the reality show ''Ghost Hunters," which follows a group of plumbers who visit haunted houses at night.

''We're trying to find a balance," she said. ''We have to expand into other realms besides space."

The entire cast from the ''Battlestar" miniseries will be returning tomorrow, including Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, who plays Commander Adama (the Lorne Greene role). Ronald D. Moore, a former writer for ''Star Trek: The Next Generation" and ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," also returns as executive producer.

Moore said the series will address contemporary issues as the colonists stay on the run. ''The Cylons are not Al Qaeda but there will be a lot of oblique references to the war on terrorism, issues about religion and its place in society," he said. ''The point of the series is to make people question things going on around them."Tomorrow, the series opens with a devastating premise. The fleet that survived the deadly attack seen in 2003's miniseries must now jump to a new location in space every 33 minutes to evade the clever Cylons who keep finding them. Existing without sleep and the help of stimulants has exhausted the crew and raised tensions to the breaking point.

As a sci-fi fan, Michael Laing, 31, an Ashland resident and information technology specialist, can't wait to tune in.

''I thought the miniseries was fantastic," said Laing. ''It was incredibly written. The characters were really fully developed. It wasn't traditional science fiction."

© Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company


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UnderT
January 13th, 2005, 08:19 AM
I can't wait, I just saw the mini-series the other night. It Looks AWESOME!!!!

Section_One
January 13th, 2005, 02:25 PM
The first time I saw the miniseries I wasn't impressed to be honest. I yearned for the old series to come back and was sad to see that Starbuck was no longer Starbuck......

I rewatched the mini tuesday and wednesday night, having watched some old episodes of the original the same day and loved the mini (well, everything except the very beginning with the makeout session at the space station, kinda irrelevant if you ask me).

I still do have a problem......


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If "our" Boomer is a Cylon and not the original human (perhaps they captured them and replicated duplicates), that would be a real let down, since I think Grace Park is the best thing about the show and would hate to see her be an "evil" character......even though since Space: Above and Beyond & Babylon 5 have left the airwaves I've been yearning for some more fleet actions in space.......

Hopefully the Pegasus and Pacifica (perhaps a few others as well) are still out there somewhere and will meet up with the Galactica as the series goes on (and not get blown out of the sky shortly thereafter).

Section_One
January 13th, 2005, 02:27 PM
As for the rest of the Sci-Fi lineup in development, sounds like a waste of money to me, they should bring back Farscape and revive Space: Above and Beyond.

The new movies and series in development sound pretty awful.

DownFallAngel
January 13th, 2005, 02:49 PM
As for the rest of the Sci-Fi lineup in development, sounds like a waste of money to me, they should bring back Farscape and revive Space: Above and Beyond.

The new movies and series in development sound pretty awful.

Have you seen the new series? Don't knock it until you try it.

ShadowMaat
January 13th, 2005, 03:11 PM
I was completely against the idea of a remake- or worse, a re-imagining, when I first heard about it and I was appalled that they would switch the genders of some of the characters. I refused to watch the miniseries when it aired. But I've had to put up with friends raving about it ever since and all those blasted ads on SCIFI.

When I heard it was re-airing earlier this week, I decided to give it a shot. I loved it! I kept thinking "This is what Space: Above & Beyond could have been, if anyone had given a damn!"

Then I ralized I was watching a 2-hour cut of an original 4-hour miniseries. *headsmack* So I got the DVD (should have checked SCIFI's schedule, I guess) which added even MORE dimension to everything and now I'm all set for the series premiere tomorrow. :D

Incidentally, is Triangle the movie David Hewlett was in? It'd be a bit sticky if they tried to make a series out of it... unless there's a reason he wouldn't be in it. :eek: I haven't seen it yet. Don't tell me... :P

DownFallAngel
January 13th, 2005, 03:14 PM
I was completely against the idea of a remake- or worse, a re-imagining, when I first heard about it and I was appalled that they would switch the genders of some of the characters. I refused to watch the miniseries when it aired. But I've had to put up with friends raving about it ever since and all those blasted ads on SCIFI.

When I heard it was re-airing earlier this week, I decided to give it a shot. I loved it! I kept thinking "This is what Space: Above & Beyond could have been, if anyone had given a damn!"

Then I ralized I was watching a 2-hour cut of an original 4-hour miniseries. *headsmack* So I got the DVD (should have checked SCIFI's schedule, I guess) which added even MORE dimension to everything and now I'm all set for the series premiere tomorrow. :D

Incidentally, is Triangle the movie David Hewlett was in? It'd be a bit sticky if they tried to make a series out of it... unless there's a reason he wouldn't be in it. :eek: I haven't seen it yet. Don't tell me... :P

You watched the NBC version? Oh man....did you get jipped. They aired the entire thing last night, from 7-11pm. It was good. I've seen it like 5 times, since 12-2003. I can't wait for the new episodes.

IMForeman
January 13th, 2005, 04:05 PM
I was completely against the idea of a remake- or worse, a re-imagining, when I first heard about it and I was appalled that they would switch the genders of some of the characters. I refused to watch the miniseries when it aired. But I've had to put up with friends raving about it ever since and all those blasted ads on SCIFI.

When I heard it was re-airing earlier this week, I decided to give it a shot. I loved it! I kept thinking "This is what Space: Above & Beyond could have been, if anyone had given a damn!"

Then I ralized I was watching a 2-hour cut of an original 4-hour miniseries. *headsmack* So I got the DVD (should have checked SCIFI's schedule, I guess) which added even MORE dimension to everything and now I'm all set for the series premiere tomorrow. :D

Incidentally, is Triangle the movie David Hewlett was in? It'd be a bit sticky if they tried to make a series out of it... unless there's a reason he wouldn't be in it. :eek: I haven't seen it yet. Don't tell me... :P


Your story is remarkably similar to mine. I was kind of iffy about a remake of Galactica, especially with all the changes like gender switches, and human-looking Cylons. I still had every intention of watching it, but I completely missed it the first time round. So, I watched that NBC airing, and I was enthralled. The very next day, I went to Best Buy and got the DVD. This is some seriously good Sci-Fi (though, I could go the rest of my life never seeing the baby-killing scene again, or the little girl dying). I've since seen the first 11 episodes of the series, and it holds up. In my opinion, it's superior in every way to the original, and the original was very enjoyable...

-IMF

Lexx
January 13th, 2005, 04:18 PM
I went into the mini as a complete Battlestar Galactica newbie. And I loved it. Probably more than I've loved any other show excluding Deep Space Nine and Farscape. After I'd fallen in love with the mini I decided to give the original series a try. I saw the supposedly greatest episodes, but it didn't do anything for me. I don't know. I thought it was pretty corny, to be honest. They were too upbeat and wholesome for my tastes. And taking all of that into consideration, I'd rather watch the entire Original Series than see Six kill that baby again. That was just beyond horrible. It gave me a feeling in my stomach that few other shows have been able to give me, and I'm betting that was the intention of the scene.

Dahak
January 13th, 2005, 05:15 PM
I really liked the mini-series. The moving down of the technology to a space WW2 equivalant makes the show stronger in my opinion. Things like ammo actually (when it's needed in the plot at least) will be a factor. I liked seeing Starbuck laying down 5000 rounds to try to destroy the 3 nukes headed for the Galactica.
The gender role changes don't really bother me. The old Starbuck was too much like Capt. Kirk. Nothing really wrong with Kirk but the smarmy sex machine was old in 78 and would be ancient now.
I also really like the civilain leader. Not sure about her having cancer but having someone to spar with Adama will help out his character. In the old series the civilains were there to hit on and to gamble with now they seem to have a real purpose and their own issues.

Section_One
January 13th, 2005, 07:05 PM
Have you seen the new series? Don't knock it until you try it.


''Painkiller Jane," which is based on the comic book of the same name about a female superhero, and ''Eureka," which is an earth-based story about a town inhabited by geniuses. If the films are successful, they will be developed into series, she said.

The channel will also air ''The Triangle," a miniseries about the myth of the Bermuda Triangle and a group of characters who come together to try to solve its mystery.

What's the incentive to try these shows out? How could I have seen them already?

If you were talking about the New Galactica, you should look into developing some reading comprehension skills.....

DownFallAngel
January 13th, 2005, 07:11 PM
''Painkiller Jane," which is based on the comic book of the same name about a female superhero, and ''Eureka," which is an earth-based story about a town inhabited by geniuses. If the films are successful, they will be developed into series, she said.

The channel will also air ''The Triangle," a miniseries about the myth of the Bermuda Triangle and a group of characters who come together to try to solve its mystery.

What's the incentive to try these shows out? How could I have seen them already?

If you were talking about the New Galactica, you should look into developing some reading comprehension skills.....

Holy crap! I missed your entire first post! My bad! And yea, SciFi has a really bad choice in movies. Does anyone remeber Boa VS Python? I don't think SciFi knows what a good movie is. Their series are no different. The only good ones they had were Invisible Man and Farscape (aside from Sg1/SgA/BSG).

UnderT
January 13th, 2005, 08:56 PM
I don't know what you guys are talking about.
I saw the miniseries and loved it!!!
I'm looking forward to BSG as much as SG1 & SGA.
January 21 will be SWEEEEEEETTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D

DownFallAngel
January 13th, 2005, 09:05 PM
I don't know what you guys are talking about.
I saw the miniseries and loved it!!!
I'm looking forward to BSG as much as SG1 & SGA.
January 21 will be SWEEEEEEETTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D

What about January 14th!?

8:30pm BSG: The Lowdown!
9: 33
10: Water

Triple BSG!!!!

UnderT
January 13th, 2005, 09:13 PM
Either one.
Sci Fi Friday is going to be AWESOME!!!

Red_Rabbit
January 13th, 2005, 10:46 PM
Another review from Reuters.



By Michael R. Farkash

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - For character-driven, hard-edged science fiction, the return of "Battlestar Galactica" can't be beaten. Where the original series cruised in with campy derring-do, this re-imagining of the franchise is "space noir," with actors playing it for high, realistic stakes.



Old fans of the series may be a mite disappointed at the changes, but this fast-paced, tense and dramatic hourlong has plenty of choice rewards for viewers and upholds the smart promise of the 2003 miniseries.

In the opening installment, "33," our heroes are still fleeing from the robot menace known as the Cylons, who have built a few human-looking models to infiltrate the ranks of the surviving humans. And some of these robots are programmed to believe they are human.

Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama and Mary McDonnell playing President Laura Roslin bring commanding dignity and great presence to their roles as the military and government leaders, respectively, of humanity's forces.

In the miniseries, the human-built, rebellious robot Cylons have nuked several human-colonized planets and are now trying to destroy the fleet. They're keeping the pressure tight as Olmos and his band try to figure out how to escape their enemy without and within -- as the top brass has learned there may be robot spies among them.

One of the most interesting conflicts is between the haunted Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis (news)) and "Number Six" (Tricia Helfer as a very sexy robot Cylon). After their affair, she revealed that she's a robot and now "haunts" him, influencing him to do some clandestine dirty work. She also claims to love him, and this adds an unexpected dimension to her character.

The visuals and sound effects are extremely cool, with spaceships rendered as both sleek and dangerous, and the noises of fast-moving fighter ships toned down from the high-pitched whines of the original series.

Characters Lee "Apollo" Adama (Jamie Bamber (news)), who is the commander's son; Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Katee Sackhoff); and Colonel Tigh (Michael Hogan) are all generously dysfunctional and fun to follow.

Following the series debut will be a second new episode, "Water."

Taking a peek at the third episode, "Bastille Day," airing Jan. 21, reveals an interesting political conflict sparked by guest star Richard Hatch (news) (who played "Apollo" in the original late-'70s "Galactica" series). Among the gritty noir moments: When Olmos suspects Callis of playing games, he comes up with a dark look that's unforgettably chilling.

Cast: Cmdr. Adama: Edward James Olmos; President Roslin: Mary McDonnell; Lee "Apollo" Adama: Jamie Bamber; Dr. Gaius Butler: James Callis; Number Six: Tricia Helfer; Sharon "Boomer" Valerii: Grace Park; Col. Tigh: Michael Hogan: Chief Petty Officer Tyrol: Aaron Douglas; Karl "Helo" Agathon: Tahmoh Penikett; Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: Katee Sackhoff.

Executive producer/teleplay: Ronald D. Moore; Executive producer: David Eick; Co-executive producer: Toni Graphie; Producer: Harvey Frand; Line producer/production manager: Ron French; Director of photography: Stephen McNutt; Story editors: David Weddie, Bradley Thompson; Staff writer: Carla Robinson; Production designer: Richard Hudolin; Editors: Dany Cooper, Jacques Gravett, Andy Sekir.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Looks like they liked it just as much as the Boston Globe.