Much like the Star Trek’s original series maintaining the following of fans after its unexpected cancellation, Battlestar Galactica’s fan core continued to support the original series of the show even when Universal left it in the vaults. Although it enjoyed many years of syndication on independent stations, the fans wondered when (or if) anything new of Battlestar Galactica would appear on the small or big screen again.
In the 1980s, the success of Star Wars and Star Trek in the theatres once again rekindled the flame for Battlestar Galactica, and the “runaway” success of Star Trek: The Next Generation had Battlestar’s fans attempting to persuade Universal to create a new production of Battlestar Galactica as a continuation of the original (or even along the lines of Star Trek: TNG).
Time passes, and things started to once again look bleak, until the mantle is picked up by Tom DeSantos and Bryan Singer, who partnered with Glen Larson in their attempt to bring Battlestar Galactica back to the forefront. As sets are built and decisions made, things look like they may proceed for a new release.
Then the events of 9/11/01 changed it all. Production of the new Galactica was placed on hold, and the sets and costumes were placed in storage. No word was given on what the final disposition would be concerning this new series as funding was frozen.
Eventually, the Sci-Fi channel would acquire the rights of Battlestar Galactica from Universal, and the new sets that were in storage were destroyed without the knowledge of the people who previously designed and built them. However, production of the new version of Battlestar Galactica still seemed possible, as a creative team was assembled led by veteran Star Trek writer Ronald D. Moore and “Universal Action Pack” producer David Eick. With these two at the helm, the Sci-Fi channel gave the green light to the new plan: A “Re-imagined” Battlestar Galactica.
This section will examine the new Battlestar Galactica in many of the same ways that the original Battlestar was examined.