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Last night was the conclusion of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series. I have to say I was not disappointed. Ron Moore, David Eick, all production and actors have managed to blow away my wildest expectations about this show and where it has taken us. I remember seeing the original Battlestar Galactica miniseries reruns when I was only 6, and being completely spellbound by it.
This was one of the few remakes that really bats one out of the park. The bar for a science fiction series has been raised. Big ships with hyper-realistic special effects is simply not enough. Having compelling characters is not enough. Technobabble and stirring of emotions is not enough. The whole science fiction aspect was thrown into the backdrop and the raw power of the cast became the forefront. This show was magic.
In an unlikely note, Richard Hatch gets special credit to me. I remember in the 1990s when he lobbied so hard to get a remake of Battlestar Galactica done- whether it was shooting short films financed by his own money, writing spin-off books, or relentless self-promotion on his website in the naescent days of the web… I give a lot of credit to Richard for never giving up. Admittedly I found myself at a crossroads of sorts when seeing his relentless push for a Galactica remake.
At first I laughed at him. Then I really laughed at him. But he never gave up. The months went by and the memories of his short films went by the wayside. But Richard never gave up. I’m not saying he brought this series back singlehandedly, but Mr. Hatch really deserves a lot of credit. His lobbying as Apollo kept the smouldering embers of hope alive for many who always thought Battlestar Galactica of 1978 could have been something much, much better. His role as Tom Zarek in the new series helped make that possible.
Well, everyone has pulled it off. It’s exceeded my wildest expectations. Thank you all for four frakking excellent seasons.