June 21, 2013 at 4:14 am #4064
I don’t hate the Battlestar reboot. There is some impressive storytelling there. But it shares something in common with Lost: with its focus on bleakness and suffering, it’s a hell of a thing to watch. I haven’t gone back to rewatch the entire series even once. (I have, however, rewatched Babylon 5 in its entirety since BSG ended.) It’s a story with some really impressive and sometimes subversive points to make about religion, authority, civil liberties, family, and myriad other important topics. But it’s a back-breaking thing to go through. I can’t even imagine sitting and binge-viewing it, I’d be ready to slash my wrists before too long from the sheer depression factor.
To a certain extent, I also had this complaint about The 4400, but BSG was where it really got into a weekly kick in the gut.June 21, 2013 at 5:56 am #4065
Well, BSG had to be bleak by necessity. 12 heavily populated planets were nuked by the Cylons in an attempt to commit genocide on humanity. One old junker battlestar and a bunch of random ships not designed for long-distance travel have to escape with just a little over 30,000 people which is the whole of the human race by this point. And they’re being endlessly hunted by machines that never get tired, never sleep, and never give up. There aren’t too many ways they could possibly make a situation like that a cheerful exercise. You can’t make a holocaust anything but grim.June 21, 2013 at 8:54 am #4066
@Steve W wrote:
There aren’t too many ways they could possibly make a situation like that a cheerful exercise. You can’t make a holocaust anything but grim.
I agree with you. BSG may have simply been a case of “too soon” – the miniseries pilot premiered a few weeks before December 2003. It was a couple of years after 9/11 (an event whose magnitude and mood it very successfully captured). The war in Iraq was only a few months old, the war in Afghanistan only a couple of years old. There were no Green Zones yet. People were over there, getting killed, brutally, and the bad guys, we were often told, were not getting tired of coming after us and would never give up until we were gone or they were gone. BSG was, in all likelihood, a bit too close to what we were seeing in the news.
I think all of that plays into why it was so tough to watch sometimes. And yet, I would argue that, tough or not, it was an absolutely necessary dramatic exercise. Nothing else on TV was asking these big questions – in the tradition of Star Trek, BSG was getting away with it because it was about someone other than the real us and the real them (and making the bad guys the monotheists was a master stroke in putting distance between the show and reality, and yet also making it extraordinarily, squirm-in-your-seat uncomfortable). Seriously: it was just BSG, The West Wing and the Daily Show questioning whether we were doing the right thing at that time. (24 was cooked up before 9/11.) Look at Star Trek’s response: Enterprise ignored it until season 3, when it launched into an amazingly ham-fisted, clumsy, jingoistic 24-wanna-be train wreck that would’ve had Roddenberry spinning in his grave at warp speed. It was a hard topic to tackle.June 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm #4067
Yes. The original BSG was all about Pearl Harbor and the reboot was all about 911. The difference in tone between the two is quite clear.August 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm #4068
The SyFy deal is dead but – believe it or not – Microsoft has picked up the Blake’s 7 project:August 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm #4069
I just wonder how much money they’ll be willing to invest in an internet-only TV show only reaching a limited demographic (people who like their game consoles to watch over them in a creepy Orwellian fashion). I can’t imagine the series going anywhere in that format. Either that, or Microsoft will demand they change the content to seek out that “lowest common denominator” demographic, kind of like TBS did with the series Crusade.August 16, 2013 at 1:17 am #4070
At the end of series 3, instead of exploding, Zen just shows the red rings of death.August 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm #4071
@Steve W wrote:
I…Microsoft will demand they change the content to seek out that “lowest common denominator” demographic, kind of like TBS did with the series Crusade.
,,,and change the order of the episodes?
P.S. It was TNT not TBS.August 18, 2013 at 12:29 am #4072
Well, I got the “T” that started the station name right.
And TNT did more than just change around the order of episodes. Things like the uniform change, that sort of thing. TNT’s audience were wrestling enthusiasts, so they wanted the shows dumbed down, more sex and violence, that kind of thing. JMS and the network fought each other, and the whole series ended without any resolution.August 8, 2014 at 5:22 am #4073
Nerdist has production art of the Liberator [LINK], outside…
…but perhaps the most interesting thing is the revelations that everyone, now including Xbox Live, seems to have passed on this reboot.
In 2012, it was announced that Syfy had picked up the rights to a new series and announced that GoldenEye and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell would direct. This ended up not materializing, although the idea of the remake continued, with the BBC eventually announcing in 2013 that there would indeed still be a new series appearing on Syfy. There was even talk that a full series order of 13 episodes had been placed. This, as you know, also didn’t result in a show, and then there was talk the series to end up on the Xbox Live Network, however that also no longer seems to be happening. The official word is that they are working on back-stories and production design and that they are discussing things with “several U.S. broadcasters.”
Whatever they’re selling… seems like no one, no one, is interested in buying. Not even Syfy.August 8, 2014 at 8:24 am #4074
I don’t blame them, that ship design is hideously ugly. It looks like a garbage scow, not the elegant, powerful design of the original Liberator. They’re going for the “dark and grungy” design, which pisses me off a little bit. That’s the sort of Star Wars design, everything looks dirty and lived-in, and I’m expecting J.J. Abrams to go all out with that on the next movie. I hated the way the USS Kelvin looked at the beginning of Star Trek (2009), the grimy interior of a Star Fleet vessel is really out of place in that universe.
JMS is trying to do a Babylon 5 reboot – he was obviously a fan of Blake’s 7, it would be interesting if he spearheaded a new series. At least he’d get the look of the ship right.August 14, 2015 at 1:50 am #4075
I just wanted to bump this thread to celebrate another year of this misbegotten reboot not happening. That is all. 😆
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