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Battlestar Galactica reboot from Sam Esmail in the works for NBCU's Peacock streaming service

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  1. [3]
    JakeTheDog
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    Instead of another BSG reboot I would love to see a redo of Caprica or just an expansion of the universe or a prequel.

    Instead of another BSG reboot I would love to see a redo of Caprica or just an expansion of the universe or a prequel.

    8 votes
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      Loire
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      We are not nearly distal enough from the 2004 BSG to merit a reboot. An expansion of the universe would be preferable, like Blood and Chrome but not terrible.

      We are not nearly distal enough from the 2004 BSG to merit a reboot. An expansion of the universe would be preferable, like Blood and Chrome but not terrible.

      7 votes
      1. GnomeChompski
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        I agree, it's still too soon, but they're starting a new steaming service I think the problem is at the top where the network heads don't want to take the risk of a failed series expansion beyond...

        I agree, it's still too soon, but they're starting a new steaming service I think the problem is at the top where the network heads don't want to take the risk of a failed series expansion beyond the "tested core story and mythology". It's a financially safe gamble for a new streaming service.

        1 vote
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    emdash
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    I can't be the only one who's feeling streaming-service fatigue here, surely? In between Apple, Disney, Netflix, Comcast, Hulu, the traditional television providers, and more, who is going to...

    I can't be the only one who's feeling streaming-service fatigue here, surely? In between Apple, Disney, Netflix, Comcast, Hulu, the traditional television providers, and more, who is going to bother micro-managing their subscriptions to all these services? Fragmenting the availability of television is not the way to go; and is the one thing Apple & Spotify have done mostly right: the lack of exclusives.

    It's still easier to torrent in my mind.

    7 votes
    1. nothis
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      Maybe we should bundle all the streaming services into one big service and call it "cable"? Honestly, it's not even just the money. It's also that there's no real standard. Every one of them has...

      Maybe we should bundle all the streaming services into one big service and call it "cable"?

      Honestly, it's not even just the money. It's also that there's no real standard. Every one of them has their own website, their own app, all work slightly different, need an icon, need to be updated, etc. I get that the amount of content produced is probably worth more than $10 a month, but please just figure out a convenient distribution.

      6 votes
  3. moocow1452
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    But will they have a plan? In all seriousness, Esmail is probably the best person to re-explore(?) the worlds of Battlestar Galactica. I don't think I have another serialized drama in me at the...

    But will they have a plan?

    In all seriousness, Esmail is probably the best person to re-explore(?) the worlds of Battlestar Galactica. I don't think I have another serialized drama in me at the moment, and not on another service.

    EDIT: "All this has happened before, and all this will happen again," just cause someone's gotta invoke it.

    4 votes
  4. nothis
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    Jesus, they tried three times (4, if you count Caprica), it worked once. Why roll the dice again?

    Jesus, they tried three times (4, if you count Caprica), it worked once. Why roll the dice again?

    4 votes
  5. CharlieConway
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    I like Sam Esmail's work on Mr. Robot but I'm not paying for a streaming service owned by Comcast. I've heard Peacock will be ad supported but no specific mention as to whether that means it will...

    I like Sam Esmail's work on Mr. Robot but I'm not paying for a streaming service owned by Comcast. I've heard Peacock will be ad supported but no specific mention as to whether that means it will also be free or if there will be a paid ad-free tier. But in either case I'm not interested in having an account with Comcast ever again.

    2 votes
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    Algernon_Asimov
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    But why? Ah. That's why. To draw viewers to yet another network-owned streaming service. There's no need to re-tell the story of the Battlestar Galactica - that has already been done twice, and...

    But why?

    NBCUniversal's newly named streaming service, Peacock, is revisiting Battlestar Galactica

    Ah. That's why. To draw viewers to yet another network-owned streaming service. There's no need to re-tell the story of the Battlestar Galactica - that has already been done twice, and the most recent version is still current, rather than outdated. But there is a need to leverage the popularity of that second series to build audiences for another streaming service.

    "Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar."

    So, it's going to be another spin-off, like 'Caprica', rather than a reboot of the main story itself. Meh. I didn't like 'Caprica'. I can wait a while for another spin-off like that.


    And... there's a typo here:

    Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, where the show's cast reunited for the show's 25th anniversary,

    That should read "for the network's 25th anniversary". That confused me, because neither version of BSG was made or finished in 1992.

    2 votes
    1. vakieh
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      The core problem with a prequel is the 2004 series annihilates everything. There's a pointlessness to it that makes it really hard to get invested in. I think this was my core complaint with...

      The core problem with a prequel is the 2004 series annihilates everything. There's a pointlessness to it that makes it really hard to get invested in. I think this was my core complaint with Caprica - who gives a fuck, you're all going to die anyway.

      5 votes
  7. DanBC
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    I don't get the mania for reboots, especially of shows that are so recent. There's so much excellent written SF around that they could be braver and create something amazing from new. I would much...

    I don't get the mania for reboots, especially of shows that are so recent.

    There's so much excellent written SF around that they could be braver and create something amazing from new. I would much rather watch something new

    Or look at a failed show and work out why that went wrong and reboot that. (eg, Defying Gravity https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1319690/)

    BattleStar Galactica was great, Caprica was great, but the whole "are you a real human or a robot" has been done pretty well by other people too, notably by Philip K. Dick.

    And while I love SF and can always watch more the thing that's actually missing is great TV for family viewing - something that the whole family can sit and watch. There's a lot of dreck in this segment.

    2 votes