Battlestar Galactica

In 1978, Battlestar Galactica premiered on ABC. It was a very high concept show that failed to live up to its potential yet despite this managed to become a SF classic.

The story centers around the 12 colonies of man being wiped out by a surprise attack launched by the Cylon empire.

Very few of the human race survive the attack and gather in a fugitive fleet that sets out in search of a lost 13th colony of man called Earth. The fleet is protected by the only surviving human warship- the Battlestar Galactica.

This original series was campy and cheesy but also loads of fun for its era. Sadly, it only lasted one season and was followed up by a horrid sequel series entitled Galactica 1980. After that, Battlestar Galactica disappeared from the screen until 2003.

2003 saw the release of a new Battlestar Galactica mini-series on the Science Fiction channel. This was followed by a four season run of the show there that many would argue set the bar that all other SF TV is to be measured by.

The series was widely loved by critics and fans alike despite being darker, grittier, and far more realistic. Its series finale remains one of the most divisive in the history of the genre with fans split on whether it was near perfect or an utter mess. Regardless of how this second BSG series ended, no one can argue that it wasn’t one of the best written, acted, and directed shows of its kind.

After a nearly 10-year wait for more BSG to hit the small screen, NBC has announced that Battlestar Galactica will be returning in 2020 as part of the network’s streaming Peacock app.

This new series is not to be another reboot however but a direct spin off of the dearly loved Science Fiction channel incarnation of the show.

This new series promises to remain true to Moore’s vision of BSG though what time period from the mythos and what characters it will involve remain a mystery at this time. May it live up to hopes of the BSG fans such as myself. So say we all!

Eric S. Brown, of Canton, is the author of numerous books, including the “Bigfoot War” series that is being made into a movie, and “Wars of the Worlds Plus, Blood, Guts and Zombies.” He is a lifelong comic collector and fan.

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