In December, 2003, The Sci-Fi Channel presented a "reimagined" story called "Battlestar Galactica" in a 4-hour miniseries produced by David Eick (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), written by Ronald D. Moore (Star Trek) and directed by Michael Rymer (Queen of the Damned).
While the basic story elements of Battlestar Galactica were vaguely identifiable (the remnants of a destroyed civilization makes its way across the stars to a mythical planet called Earth), most of the original shows' details and essence were not part of this production. In fact, the production team went out of its way to distance this production from its progenitor.
Instead of the famous Egyptian-inspired stylings of the original was a standardized, terrestrial sci-fi look. Instead of a portrayal of a heroic band of men and women who displayed the nobility of humanity despite long odds came a case study of dysfunction and insubordination, betrayal, and lust. Rather than facing a threat of alien origin, they are destroyed by their own hubris. The culture of the humans in this Battlestar Galactica did not draw strength from faith and family, nor did they display any sign that they weren't just plucked off of a street corner of New York or Los Angeles. They wore suits and neckties that could have come from any department store. Even their names could have been taken from any municipal phone book in the United States. The names from the original Battlestar Galactica, those steeped in human antiquity, were used as pilot call signs.
Nor were the characters in the 2003 version based on the characters that were created in 1978. William Adama was a cynic in the polytheistic Colonial society, "Number 6" was a blonde Cylon sex kitten with a fanatic God, and "Starbuck" was the call sign of an insubordinate and promiscuous female pilot named Kara.
Overwhelmingly, fans of the original series were upset and angered by this remake that bore so little resemblance to its namesake show. Yet, there were others who found the look and storyline intriguing, preferring the dark tone and largely negative portrayals to the antiquated production values and black-and-white sentiments of 1978. The miniseries was a success by Sci-Fi Channel standards, and the weekly series extended into 2008 (4 abbreviated "seasons" stretched over 5 years) despite a steady exodus of viewers.
Editorial Note: Because Tombs of Kobol is about remembering classic sci-fi, we cannot endorse or condone an effort to erase any of it; re-tell, expand on or embellish is fine, but to deliberately try to eliminate a classic universe is the exact opposite of what we try to do here. It is our studied opinion that this is exactly what this production has attempted to do to the original Battlestar Galactica.
However, like it or not, it is now part of the history of Battlestar Galactica, so we are presenting it to you. Under the circumstances, you'll just have to forgive us if some of these pages have a bit more deliberate humor than others.