Following from my examination of the original Battlestar Galactica series, here’s a rundown of the successful remake and the subsequent attempts to revive the BSG concept.
Those of us who adored the original Battlestar Galactica series and mourned its death, still clung to the idea of a series revival. There was so much potential, never realized. Series lead Richard Hatch, who played Apollo, kept the dream alive, penning new BG novels, producing an elaborate if somewhat cheesy homemade trailer for “Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming” which he showed at conventions, trying to drum up interest any way he could.
Then suddenly, director Bryan Singer (a hot-shot at the time, long before his troubles that made him somewhat of a pariah in Hollywood) became attached to a revival on Fox TV with the story picking up 25 years later, Apollo having been captured by the Cylons and turned partially machine. Sets were built before the plugged was pulled after 9/11. Finally, the Sci-Fi Channel committed to rebooting the show completely with Ronald D. Moore at the helm.
I went to a Battlestar Galactica convention just as news of this new version was still being digested. The hardcore fans were not happy, but the show which premiered in 2004 was magnificent. Not only did they honor what was best about the original, they made stunning television in its own right. The series ran until 2009 and unfortunately in the last season went in very odd and unsatisfying directions because it seemed they hadn’t been prepared for the series to continue as long as it did.
Since then, every couple of years a new revival of the show is announced, but so far nothing concrete has turned up. The question always is whether it should be rebooted, whether it should be a movie or another TV series, and who can best helm it. Amongst the contenders have been original creator Glen Larson who unfortunately passed away in 2014 and then again, Bryan Singer with a new film version.
The latest is that the Executive Producer of “Mr. Robot”, Sam Esmail, has been hired to produce a Battlestar Galactica show for NBC Universal’s new streaming service (yes, another one!) Peacock. No other details have been offered. Unfortunately, Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch are gone, so a reunion of the original series actors is probably not in the cards. But perhaps a cameo or new role for Anne Lockhart, Dirk Benedict, Herb Jefferson Jr., Noah Hathaway, or Terry Carter?
Here’s a look back, with the trailer for the revival series: