Battlestar Galactica’s New Series Won’t Be a Reboot
The Battlestar Galactica franchise is no stranger to reboots and soft relaunches. ABC’s original Battlestar Galactica series only ran for a single season in 1978 before getting a follow up series two years later in Galactica 1980. The 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries and subsequent TV series was a hard reboot that gave the series a modern edge. It’s only been a decade since the Battlestar Galactica reboot wrapped up its four season run on SYFY. However, NBC’s new streaming service, Peacock, is developing its own BSG series as well.
The initial reports suggested that Peacock’s Battlestar Galactica would be yet another reboot. However, showrunner Sam Esmail has stepped up to set the record straight on his Twitter account.
BSG fans, this will NOT be a remake of the amazing series @RonDMoore launched because… why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!
— Sam Esmail (@samesmail) September 17, 2019
If it’s not a reboot then it’s hard to see how the new Battlestar Galactica series can live within the universe established by Ronald D. Moore. In the final episode, Humanity’s survivors settled on Earth and gave up most of their technology and the fleet. The Cylons were one of the few loose threads from that story. A group of Cylons who sided with humanity were allowed to go off into space on their own. Perhaps that will play a part in the new series.
Alternately, the next Battlestar Galactica could be set in a different time period. SYFY’s Caprica was a prequel to the series that was set five decades before Battlestar Galactica. Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, another potential spinoff, was set during the Cylon War. However, SYFY didn’t order Blood and Chrome to series. Instead, it only aired as a web series and a TV movie.
Are you glad to hear that the new Battlestar Galactica won’t be a reboot? What do you want to see in this new show? Let us know in the comment section below!
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