Battlestar Galactica : Old vs New

I have been a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica ever since I can remember. This is my most happiest childhood memory – watching & discussing the series, which I consider to be the very best to have been shown on television. The show started in the late 1970s as a feature film (Battlestar Galactica : Saga Of A Lost World) and then a short lived series. In 1980 a spinoff of the show was again short lived but still enjoys a huge cult following across the globe. The show(s) is still held dearly by the many fans who pushed for the series to be revived by holding petitions online (me included).

Richard Hatch aka Apollo, one of the main characters of BSG was foremost among them. And it was heard! A new series was made, with the same mystical & mythical name – Battlestar Galactica. A few years ago, I had found some sites that featured the series and felt very nostalgic as I read through the episode stories and downloaded wallpapers, images & the majestic theme song (which I must say is the world’s best theme song ever). I hoped that the series would be revived and that I would be able to see it. Then three years or more ago, I found a dvd of the movie which I bought immediately and I have seen it over 10 times since. But I wanted more. Let me tell you of a website which lets us either download or stream movies & television series for free. And I watched many BSG episodes in the last couple of days. But now to the matter at hand.

The re-imaging of Battlestar Galactica as they call it produced a new series, which is very popular, that is quite different from the original. And as grateful as I am for keeping the dream alive and well, I don’t like it much. I mean I will probably start watching it if they show it from the beginning. I tried watching an episode online but let me tell you that it put me off. There is just too many changes. Starbuck is a girl!!! Boomer is a girl!!! Ok she is a very sexy girl but still! And Cylons are former international models in evening gowns, sun tanning their bodies in beaches! And every picture has them pose in what is termed as sexy poses, with their bosoms all thrusted out! What the fuck! Adama is James Olmos who is a turd! How can you compare him with the late great actor Lorne Greene? Baltar, who was so ominously portrayed as a scheming & un-trustworthy villain by another late actor, John Colicos is now some overacted & second rate British loser. Will Apollo & Starbuck make out?

The scenario for the original series is Humans of the 12, much scientifically advanced, colonies seeking Earth for survival. But the new series shows them much like Earth Humans! I don’t like the changes! Ok, so had I not seen the original, I might have loved this show. And like I stated earlier, I probably will watch it if I can start from the first episode of the first season. But really! The one thing which I think is better is the Colonial Viper. Look below.

37 thoughts on “Battlestar Galactica : Old vs New

  1. So, I’ve never seen the original series, but I really, really love the new series.

    I think you’ll like it if you start from the beginning.

    As far as current-run sci-fi goes, this is the best of the best.

    And it’s made in Canada. So yeah, I’m completely biased

  2. I’ve seen both. Tho I guess in my case, I prefer the newer series. But I guess that’s cause I never gave the first one much of a chance.

    Reasons I like the newer one? Well, I find the storyline has better continuity. I find there’s much more subtlety and intrigue as well.

    Tho I have to say, for me? It took a while. When the new BSG first came out, I watched some of it, then let it slide.

    It was only after I’d seen some of season 1, 2 and “2.5” that my interest was piqued.

  3. I was a huge fan of the original series and thought the same way as you. However, somewhere along the way I became addicted to the new series; I’m not sure how it happened but it did.

    BTW, Richard Hatch has a role in the new one…

  4. Guys, I might really get into the new one. But the older series will always be top notch for me. The actors, the theme music, the stories. I felt that it was much better. I am about to watch another episode, ‘The Long Patrol’. I suggest you guys take a little time and download or stream a few episodes of the old one and see for yourselves. And the very best episode was the last Galatica 1980, ‘The Return of Starbuck’, it is imprinted in my brain.

  5. Roshan when I get home tonight I’ll look up some of the truly good seasons in season 2.5 so you can have a few to look up.

    Don’t feel bad if it still doesn’t get you though! Sometimes older is better. For me, I’m that way with the Transformers! hehe :D

  6. Sorry this took awhile I’m still catching up on stuff!

    Its an episode called “Scar”, I found it excellent. Check it out!


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  9. Personally I find this attitude mostly with people who watched the original as kids. Now, I’m quite old enough to have been a fan back then, but the original was never aired where I live so I never watched it when it was current. My first real contact with BSG was when the new one was made. I immediately liked it, and as I had no opinions whatsoever on the original series, I can say my opinion isn’t biased in any way (I’m also not from Canada but I agree: when it comes to current sci fi, this is the top of the line). Didn’t take me long to become a really big fan of the reimagined series, so naturally, the original BSG started to interest me.
    Seeing it for the first time at this day and age.. nah. It’s goofy. It’s cheezy. It can’t compare to the new one with either character or plot depth (I’m not mentioning effects because it really wouldn’t be fair. I will mention ship design, and the updated/new designs do look better IMO.. not just greeble fest models, but thought through, well designed ships this time around). Basically, I’m of the opinion that anyone who prefers the old show is letting nostalgia get the better of him; forget the happy days you had as a kid with the original and try to judge this thing not too hastily; there’s a lot more under the hood then sexy women as Cylons. This (new BSG) is without a doubt the best sci fi series to happen in a long, long time.

  10. Hello Newman (Seinfeld style)

    You are right! I have changed my mind a lot about the series, as I have been able to watch it from the beginning. Following the series, I have grown to like it and I feel that it truly is one of the best shows out there.

    But the original is better for me.

    I’m happy that you could share your points here. However, the new BSG will always be a ‘9/11’ in the stars for me. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some solid acting in the new series, my fav being Col. Tigh (Michael Hogan) but the realistic nods to ‘9/11’, although having made it compelling for some, has also made it lose some of its charm.

    So the new BSG is tops for you, great. My cousin who has seen the original also likes the new one better. Guess what? He has been living in the US since 1999.

  11. i watched the repetes of some orignal episodes on sci fi as a kid but got into it big style when they realeased the new serties and the oringnal moive on dvd

  12. Same comment I left before. 1978 BSG not on my watch!
    BSG 2003 is an anomally. Mature science fiction.
    It shouldn’t work but it does.
    This is truly touching stuff.
    Four stars nearly every time.
    This is how it’s done guys.


  13. I decided to try something different. I got information from many sources and found out which episodes were most similar in the two series. Then, I saw the episode of the original series, then the remastered series that went together. Having no previous knowledge of Battlestar galactica (not even an idea of what the ships looked like), Every time I found the remastered series to be far better in almost every way. I especially liked the episodes “Pegasus” and “Exodus (1&2)”. I’d like to thank Netflix for putting both series on instant viewing.

  14. Hey Sherman, welcome to my blog.
    You have to take in one thing into consideration – the original was made in the last 1970s. Taking that into account, there’s bound to be some things that they can’t compete with a much more recent series. I think the new BSG is a great series but I prefer the old one. Sometimes I wish that they had not used the name BSG at all, rather gone with another name altogether.

  15. i was a kid when the original came out and loved it. the new one is more like reality tv with the bad acting and so much drama plus really? space ships capable of interstellar travel with machine guns?

  16. Have to agree on the machine gun comment above.

    To me Battlestar Galactica showed science fiction what not to do when you pick up a well established name. You don’t cover over what people loved. You don’t try to wipe out or re-imagine something that is dear to people.

    We got to see with this show what happens. A loyal fanbase gets defensive of a show that they had been entrenched with for 20 years (yarhens) :P and then you get the old vs. new happening.

    Yes, the new Battlestar tipped its hat many times to the original series. The series itself from what I gathered rebuilds the whole timeline of the original series told in one and a quarter seasons and expands the story to four seasons.

    For one, I wished the Battlestar Pegasus has stayed around longer than two episodes. In the new series you get that.

    The new series also fills in a lot of “what if’s” that were asked with the original series.

    I’ve heard a lot of this. My friends sifted out a lot of the good of the series for me out of the quagmire of seemingly aimless writing that happened around the third season.

    But like I mentioned earlier, Battlestar Galactica showed what NOT to do. Don’t try to tell fans something they loved never happened. The first thing the fans will say is “F*** you, I know it happened and you can’t deny it.” (see also “The Star Wars Holiday Special” and George Lucas.) :P

    Thanks to Battlestar Galactica, when Doctor Who continued on, they might have been tempted to say the previous years and regenerations never happened, but instead, they fully embraced the past, (even including the American movie). And now Doctor Who, while always a popular show in Britian, is probably more popular throughout the world. Doctor Who is no longer for geeks (as I remembered in the 80’s), but also of many many hot girls and women throughout the world!! (I certainly don’t remember THAT happening in the 80’s, but it is certainly the case now.) :)

    When the Star Trek movies came out, they wanted to go in new directions. They establish in the movie that Spock prime came from a alternate timeline. Bravo!! Now they have said that BOTH will be cannon. You have the Trek we used to know with the Trek we will come to know. Both are legit. Very well played. And now the new Trek is loved quite a lot by old and new fans.

    And speaking of the “… that we used to know…”

    …Star Wars made a very similar mistake that Battlestar made, only on a much much smaller scale. You have George Lucas claiming that there was no Holiday Special, that Greedo shot first, and as the song above said, that the first three movies were inferior. This alone led to some ill feelings, and those are only minor changes.

    In time the books and comics would establish that there was a re-imagined and classic Battlestar universe. This made me happy. Basically what Star Trek was able to say in its own cannon to fans that as Battlestar fans we had to figure out on our own.

    At conventions I have talked to Herb Jefferson Jr (Boomer) who didn’t seem overly impressed with the new series, but seemed to have a attitude that they will do what they want to do with it. Talking to Anne Lockhart (Sheba) (a real sweethart) said she just hadn’t seen the new show last I talked to her. We all know what Dirt Benedict thought of the new show (at least as of 2007 and 2011). And in truth I can agree with Dirt on what a lot of what he says.

    However, on the times I’ve come across Richard Hatch (at conventions), who was at first avidly against the new series, he has had some interesting things to say. Basically said he liked working with the new series. And the reasons given were very good ones. Basically said there seemed to be more thought and planning put into the new series, along with resources. And it is true, ABC gave Battlestar more and more limited support as the show fought to stay on the air. By the time “Galactica 1980” rolled around, the budget was cut in half and the story was severly limited to limited acts of violence since it was during family prime time hours. The new show would have all the support and leeway and time needed to tell their story. Ultimately, I am glad that Richard Hatch found working with the new crew to be a enjoyable experience.

    As for me, I have read articles like this, talked to friends, talked to cast members.

    I salute the new series but remain in the classic universe.

    I would have actively watched the new series if it had been called something else. I would have loved the show too I’m pretty sure. I might have said (as I said with Space Above and Beyond) “this show is a lot LIKE Battlestar Galactica… kinda a rip off, but I like it!!” But now I won’t watch it simply because they went about presenting this new story, as I perceive, the wrong way.

    Funny eh? :)

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  25. Starbuck as a girl made sense for the modern narrative. Also, Lorne Greens Adama is dull, James Edward Olmos’ Adama is 1000000x better!

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