Who are the heroes of Battlestar Galactica? For most people the answer is probably Apollo and Starbuck. They certainly fit the bill in the original series, but what about the reboot?
In 1984 the first attempt at bringing Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction novel Dune was met with box office and critical failure. Although the film accrued a cult fanbase over time, the book’s reputation as “unfilmable” endured. That is until the turn of the millennium when Dune was brought to the small screen in the form of the Sci-Fi Channel Miniseries, Frank Herbert’s Dune.
Though far from universally acclaimed, the miniseries was a ratings hit, ushering in an era of other successful miniseries for the cable channel, including a sequel: Children of Dune.
For the longest time, Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction novel, Dune was said to be unfilmable, but that didn’t stop many filmmakers from trying. A sincere attempt was done by David Lynch, but it was a swing and a miss. Though that didn’t mean the dream of one day seeing the Dune universe brought to the screen was dead forever. Dune would simply have to move to a smaller screen for Dune the miniseries.
Is this simply inevitable when it comes to long running franchises? Does the weight of continuity and content naturally reach a breaking point? Or is there someway to avoid this? One person who did know how to build a franchise which lasts was none other than Gene Roddenberry.
In 1965 Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction novel Dune was released. Though initially rejected over 20 times by other publishers, the novel went on to receive widespread acclaim, multiple awards and become one of if not the best selling science fiction novel of all time. Long before blockbusters like Star Wars, the task of translating the book to the big screen was thought to be impossible. But after multiple attempts, in the 1980s a movie version of this unfilmable work finally made it to the big screen.
For the longest time the sci-fi genre was defined by the titans of Star Trek and Star Wars. But 1997’s The Fifth Element by French filmmaker Luc Besson came at the genre from a totally different angle. With its colourful visuals, otherworldly soundtrack and explosive action, The Fifth Element remains a unique entry in the sci-fi genre to this day.
In 2003 science fiction television was changed forever following the release of Battlestar Galactica. While it’s final season and ultimate ending were highly controversial, it was clear there was still appetite for more Galactica stories, thus the end of the series wouldn’t be the last we heard from this version of the Battlestar Galactica universe.
Star Trek Picard has finally ended after three seasons. Looking back at the series as a whole, it’s a pretty mixed bag. We got two seasons of Picard running around with a new ragtag group of characters, getting into some Tal Shiar and Timey Whimey shenanigans, before the series essentially threw in the towel and made it’s third season an extended fan service laden tribute to The Next Generation. So what happened here? Why is Star Trek Picard such a mess? Where did Star Trek Picard go wrong?
Rowan recently released his Battlestar Galactica (2003) Retrospective/Review, which he’s happy to say is doing very well. However he feels as though he could have gone into more depth in the season 4 segment. Therefore this video is here to expand on the themes and ideas of Battlestar Galactica season 4 and a lot of that has to do with the “God” question. While a lot of fans felt as though this element of the show didn’t have much payoff, this video is here to explain what exactly the whole “God” thing was about in Battlestar Galactica.
In the late 1970s, the epic space opera Battlestar Galactica debuted to strong ratings and box office success. However it was largely dismissed at the time as a shallow Star Wars ripoff and was cancelled after a single season. However a cult fan base continued to celebrate the series and over the years they wishes for a continuation. Battlestar Galactica would eventually return in 2003, but not in the form anyone expected.
In the late 1970s, following the release of Star Wars, the wider film industry was scrambling to find their own answer to George Lucas’ monster sci-fi hit. For Paramount, this lead directly to the production of Star Trek The Motion Picture. Disney’s response came in the form of Black Hole. But Universal’s Star Wars cash in – Battlestar Galactica – would go on to have a far more unique legacy among the titans of science fiction.
Superman Movie Retrospective, Part 3: Despite the behind the scenes conflicts of Superman The Movie which saw director Richard Donner fired, Superman II was still a huge success. Capitalising on this, the Salkinds moved forward with a third Superman movie. However due in large part to an awkwardly crowbared in Richard Pryor, Superman III is where things started to go off the rails.
After the surprise and smash hits of RoboCop and Total Recall, Paul Verhoeven’s career in Hollywood took a hit following the flop of Showgirls. In order to get things back on track, he once again ventured into the science fiction genre with Starship Troopers. Though an adaptation of the Robert A Heinlein novel, Verhoeven’s take on the themes of the book resulted in a much different political message in the movie. Nevertheless it would form the final chapter of the Paul Verhoeven Sci-Fi Masterpiece Trilogy!
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