At least that’s what the show’s star, Edward James Olmos, had to say about it:
HOLLYWOOD – Edward James Olmos, the star of the new “Battlestar Galactica,” has some advice for devoted fans of the 1970s sci-fi series: Don’t watch the remake.
As executives of the Sci Fi channel cringed, Olmos told reporters during the Television Critics Association summer tour that he “would not advise them to watch this program. It will hurt them . . .
“The intent and the way we’ve built the reality is very different from the reality of the original.”
He’s not saying it sucks per se, but he is saying that long-time fans of the original show will probably feel that it sucks. The basic premise is the same, but a whole lot of the details have been changed and the tone is darker and sexier than the original.
I watched the original show when it came on mainly because it was one of the few sci-fi series on TV at the time and I thought it was generally OK. I’m not so enamored with the original show that I can’t give a total reinvention of the concept a shot at winning my heart so I’ll probably check it out, but if you cringe at the thought that Starbuck is now played by a woman then it might be best to forget the show is coming back.