The folks at Wired have a follow-up article on the continuing unhappiness among fans of the original Battlestar Galactica over the new mini-series remake being developed by the Sci-Fi Channel. While reading some of the comments from co-executive producer David Eick on why this will be a good show I was struck by how he sounded like Michael Straczynski creator of Babylon 5.
Eick said it won’t feel like conventional science-fiction television, and cites inspirations as diverse as the film Black Hawk Down and the vintage Atari arcade game Asteroids.
“We considered seriously how space travel might happen. In outer space, objects in motion remain in motion. You can’t bank against a gravitational pull. There’s a sense of organized chaos, you have to turn your craft around and fire jets in the opposite direction to slow down—just like the old games. When we were developing the show, I ran around telling everyone, ‘Remember Asteroids! Remember Asteroids!’”
An introduction by Moore on the new series’ website indicates they’re shooting to transform more than a miniseries. The statement reads like Dogme 95 for the entire sci-fi television genre.
“Our goal is nothing less than the reinvention of the science-fiction television series,” Moore’s statement reads. “We believe you can explore adult themes with adult characters and still tell a ripping good yarn. We believe that to portray human beings as flawed creations does not weaken them, it strengthens them … We believe that science fiction provides an opportunity to explore our own society, to provoke debate and to challenge our perceptions of ourselves and our fellow Man. If you agree with us, then this is the show for you. If not, then thanks for coming, but the popcorn is in a different aisle.”
Yeah, definitely sounds like they’re trying to take a Babylon 5 approach to the new series. Hard-core fans of the original are already complaining endlessly about the changes that have been made so the final result isn’t likely to change their opinions even if it does turn out to be pretty good. Hearing Edward James Olmos telling reporters that fans of the original shouldn’t even bother to watch the new series probably hasn’t helped their attitude any.
As I said before I liked the old show, but I was only 11 years old at the time and it had space ships and cool evil robots so my opinion from back then probably doesn’t account for much. I’m not opposed to seeing a new take on the series, but with all the crap the Sci-Fi channel has been shoveling out as “original series” lately I’m not overly optimistic that the new show will be any good. They handled the remake of Dune pretty well, but I didn’t bother to watch Children of Dune. I’ll probably tune in on December 7th to see how it looks and give it a chance to impress.