Tuesday, December 09, 2003
The new "Battlestar Galactica:" I recorded the first half of the miniseries earlier tonight. The second half airs today.
I watched the "Lowdown" infomercial the Sci-Fi channel has been airing about the new series for the past couple of weeks, and I'm skeptical about the entire project. The original "Apollo," actor Richard Hatch is quoted in the Associated Press article as having a negative take on the new piece -- a fact that was absent in Sci-Fi's infomercial.
In the infomercial, even the director of the new project appeared either unconcerned or uninformed of the original series' backstory. The Cylons were intelligent race of lizardoid type beings that created the race of robot Cylons that are the antagonists in the original series. (And you thought the Terminator series was original?) The miniseries director seemed to believe that there were lizards in those big steel outfits.
We'll see how it turns out, but I suspect that Hatch will be right about a series that has turned Dirk Benedict's "Starbuck" into a woman and the soulless, evil Cylons into a humanoid sex fiends.
"Every time they bring back a classic, they always fail because they've thrown the baby out with the bath water," says the 58-year-old Hatch. "They throw away the very elements the fans loved most."
I'm going through the original series now that it's been issued on DVD. Netflix is a wonderful thing.