All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.
Well it’s happening again…we think…maybe…supposedly.
We’re learning not to get our hopes too high about these things here at RedEye Rogue, but sources confirm that a new Battlestar Galactica feature film is in the works.
Hot diggity damn!
This all new reboot is to be penned by Jack Paglen – the same guy who is giving us the upcoming Transcendence.
Now some people are saying that this is a bad idea for so many reasons. But we’re not going to retread all that felcercarb here. Instead we’d like to bring up some reasons why this is nothing but good for Battlestar Galactica.
Battlestar Galactica transcends the medium or format that it is told in. It has become a ‘mythos’. A grand mythos at that. As such it can be told many ways in many different forms.
Let’s take a look at the “essentials” of Battlestar.
In a distant part of the galaxy, twelve tribes of humans are at war with the robotic cylons. After a long and bloody struggle the war ends with the cylons retreating to their own world. Years later the cylons come back, and with the help of a human named Baltar, wipe out the 12 colonies. Only one millitary ship – the Battlestar Galactica – an aircraft carrier in space – survives the destruction. The only civilians that escape are those stuck on spaceships at the time of the attack. The Galactica rounds up the surviving civilian ships and forms a ragtag fugitive fleet. Commander Adama unites the survivors and gives them something to live and fight for; the search for the mythical 13th tribe – a planet known to the people only through myth and religious stories. A planet called Earth.
Does it really matter how that story is told, as long as the stories that are told are compelling, right, and dramatic?
Does it really matter if Starbuck is a man, or a woman, or Boomer is a cylon or if it’s a comic book, cartoon, tv show or pantomime theatre?
There are certain things that I think must remain consistent through any incarnation however:
Baltar can never, EVER be a cylon.
It is essential to the mythos that Baltar be a sort of “traitor” – the ultimate betrayal. Be it willful, knowing, or unknowing, Baltar has to be the human that helped the cylons wipe out the 12 colonies.
There must always be an Adama, an Apollo, a Starbuck, and a Boomer.
The colonials should worship “The Lord’s of Kobol” and believe the “gods” will guide them to the promised land of “Earth”.
Apollo is the first born son of Adama, and his brother Zack is killed in a viper.
No word yet on who’s directing, but sources tell us that J.J. Abrams was spotted over at Universal trying to drop his resume off at the Human Resources Department.
By Your Command.