Battlestar Galactica was originally a show from the late-1970s. It was rebooted in 2004, and it’s the reboot series we’re taking a look at. You’ll find that it strikes home with a lot of the same heavy notes that the ’80s and ’90s Star Trek shows a hit. The reason for that is simple, the man who wrote and took part in so many Star Trek scripting sessions, Ronald D. Moore, was the one that revived the cult classic show from the 1970s.
Moore revamped the late ’70s series and modernized it in 2004 for the SyFy network. The series followed a group of fleeing humans from the United Colonies of Kobol, twelve planets that made up the entire human race. After a group of robots gained sentience and revolted, a great war broke out that lasted for years. One day the robots, known as Cylons, just disappeared. Until they returned, disguised as humans, and destroyed the colonies. The humans were forced to flee into space where they began looking for a planet often told in prophecy’s, Earth, all while the Cylons tried to hunt them to extinction.
The series predominantly features Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, and Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Michael Trucco, Kandyse McClure, and Alessandro Juliani, but they weren’t the only main actors. The cast would evolve, grow and shrink as episodes carried on. Character deaths were common but not to the point it was expected. Yet, it was a show where anyone could die at any time.
It wasn’t to the point of a Walking Dead where it becomes almost desensitizing, but it’s not so infrequent you stop worrying about the characters. The show was cutting edge at it’s time for special effects and music, while also embracing the moral ambiguity of life, much like Star Trek: The Next Generation and it’s sister series did. It’s not a perfect show, but it’s an all-time great.