Everyone remembers the 1978 season long epic known as "Battlestar Galactica." Cheesy sets, cheesy costumes, cheesy acting, and cheesy special effects Rushed into production by Universal Studios as a knee-jerk reaction to "Star Wars" (and employing many of "Star Wars" special effects technicians), the original Battlestar Galactica, from the brain of television mastermind Glen A. Larson ("Magnum P.I.", "Knight Rider"), is rife with potential.
Potential that was masterfully culled from the series almost twenty-five years later by producer Ronald D. Moore ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", and "Carnivale") and sewn into one of television's most engrossing new series.
Sure, the new "Battlestar Galactica" had it's faults; it seemed to lose steam around season three and did that God-awful union episode, but it recovered and delivered what I consider to be one of television's more satisfying series finales.
The casting for this series is impeccable: Edward James Olmos as fleet Commander William Adama, Mary McDonnell as the President of the Colonies Laura Roslin, Kaytee Sackhoff as the brash, mouthy Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Jamie Bamber as Lee "Apollo" Adama, James Callis as the egomaniacal Dr. Gaius Baltar and Tricia Helfer as the gorgeous, deadly "Number 6." The cast is rife with tremendous supporting characters, led by Michael Hogan as the sympathetic, if not alcoholic Col. Saul Tigh and Grace Park as the conflicted Sharon "Boomer" Valeri. It seems every character who steps onto the landing deck of the Galactica is rife with troubles and conflicts. Rich character development, breathtaking special effects, and solid writing (for the most part) make "Battlestar Galactica" one of those examples where the remake outshines the original.