There has been this hole in my heart since 2009 when one of the greatest sci-fi shows to ever air on TV went dark, but now I know that place will be filled as Battlestar Galactica is finally coming to the big screen. Creator Glen A. Larson, who brought the story to television in 1978, has agreed to allow Universal Pictures to release a movie based on the show. Lisa Joy (WestWorld, Burn Notice) has been tapped to write the story for the big screen adaptation, which is something BSG fans have wanted for a very long time. This show has left a lasting mark on the history of Sci-fI, and television drama. This new Battlestar Galactica movie, if done correctly, can create a franchise that can give Star Trek a run for its money and here are three reasons why.
1) The Battlestar Galactica reboot was voted one of the best shows of the 2000s by Time Magazine...
This remake took a corny Star Wars knockoff from the ’70s and turned it into a piercing look at morality, faith and what it means to be human. It also featured some of the most kick-ass, mind-blowing sci-fi on a small screen in the decade. As the remnants of humanity were chased by human-like Cylon robots, they didn’t just explore the universe in their search for survival. They explored their own history, discovering the twists that led human and Cylon to develop as parallel and intertwined races. And BSG also — with its stories of hidden enemies and religious conflict — told a relevant story for the post-9/11 era that kept this space saga grippingly grounded. - TIME MAGAZINE
This show about a small band of survivors from a group of planets known as "The Twelve Colonies" that were decimated by a race of robotic beings known as Cylons has had some of the best battles on television. The drama of these encounters was high because of the stakes involved. There wasn't a fleet of starships against another fleet of starships, it was one Battlestar (two for a short while) against four or five Basestar ships armed to the teeth. Their battles weren't for victory, they weren’t for glory. The Battlestar Galactica and her crew fought to hold off an enemy that didn't sleep, that didn't stop coming after the small group that ran for their lives every time until the final battle.
Yet, it was the human drama of these survivors that really touched the hearts of every fan of the show. It was the debates about faith, ethics, technology, weapons of mass destruction, and justice that really took center stage. Relationships between father- son, husband, and wife, and a Cylon helped bring us closer to this story.
2) The BSG universe has enough history to be able to expand greatly into several movies.
The current iteration of BSG (current because yet another, big-screen, version is reportedly in the works) is anything but goofy. It's a distinctly post-9/11 show, with its thematic palette running the gamut from dark to foreboding to shocking. It takes the original premise of the original series—the remnants of humanity, under the protection of the aircraft carrier-like Galactica, flee a genocidal assault by killer robots—and treats it with deadly seriousness. The characters are complex and even the heroes have their detestable or disappointing moments—and they are killed off with a regularity usually reserved for BBC television shows.
And like the best science fiction, the show uses suspend-your-disbelief situations to drill down on issues that are relevant to real life (torture and other forms of prisoner abuse, what kind of behavior is permissible in an insurgency, democracy and civilian governance in times of war), are philosophically interesting (when do artificial life forms gain rights? should abortion be permissible if the population is reduced to an existential minimum?), or both. - US NEWS
The Battlestar Galactica universe is filled with so much backstory in regards to the Cylons and the destruction of the Colonies that it can span out into more than one group of movies. There is the initial journey from the radioactive graveyard that is the colonies of planets toward salvation while on the run, and before that there was the first war with the Cylons that drove them into deep space after rebelling from their masters, and even before that there was the path toward the creation of the first Cylon on planet Kobol, told in a prequel show called Caprica.
There is so much substance here, that you can't tell the story with just one movie. Battlestar Galactica is going to require more than just two hours of big screen time to do it justice.
3) The characters of Battlestar Galactica alone are worth a movie!
“You cannot play God and then wash your hands of the things you created.”
– Commander Bill Adama
What makes a show so successful and so loved like Battlestar Galactica? Having a core group of characters that are so likable, so passionate, and so interesting that the stories never got dull. Commander Bill Adama, Pilots Lee Adama and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Galen Tyron, Number 6, Sharon "Boomer" Valerii, President Laura Roslin, Gaius Baltar, Karl Agathon, and Saul Tigh are just some of the names of an extensive and exemplary character list that this universe offers.
From the classic show which began all the way back in 1978, BSG has introduced us to an amazing universe filled with these great characters, awesome fighter ships (Vipers) that look so cool, and of course the great Battlestar vs Baseship fights that were so epic, it's unforgettable.
In all, Battlestar Galactica has the makings of the next big sci-fi franchise, and it can rival Star Trek and Star Wars if done right. For fans of this great tale, it's a dream come true!