The Robots in Film Blogathon – Battlestar Gallactica (2003)

This is my second of 3 entries in the Robots in Film Blogathon being hosted by Hamlette of Hamlette’s Soliloquy and Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In.

Tnx for letting me partake Guys!

“This is the Commander. Moments ago, this ship received word of a Cylon attack against our homeworlds is under way. We do not know the size or the disposition or the strength of the enemy forces, but all indications point to a massive assault against Colonial defenses. Admiral Nagala has taken personal command of the Fleet aboard the battlestar Atlantia following the complete destruction of Picon Fleet Headquarters in the first wave of the attacks. “How? Why?” doesn’t really matter now. What does matter is that as of this moment, we are at war. You’ve trained for this. You’re ready for this. Stand to your duties, trust your fellow shipmates, and we’ll all get through this. Further updates as we get them. Thank you. ” – Adama

Number of Times Seen – Twice (9 Feb 2009 and 21 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – On the day that they are about to decommission one of the oldest and best BattleStar space ships, a war breaks out between the 12 Colonies and their old nemesis’ the Cylons, a race of advanced robots.

My Take on it – This is the original mini-series that launched the new re-imagining of the premise put forth in the TV show of the same name from the late 1970’s.

They are able to update the ideas of the original show on both the technical and practical perspectives.

They change some of the genders of the characters and allow for the robots to become cyborgs which were ideas that help modernize the story so well.

This allows for the story to expand into other elements that include camoflague because one can never know who is the enemy and who is not.

This film sets things up so well for the new storyline and leaves so much for them to expand on throughout the course of the series itself.

This movie does a great job introducing the various character and the dynamics that they share which will be explored and expanded on so much during the run of the series.

They do a great job starting things here, but as a stand alone film, it is far from perfect since there is so much left undiscovered and this film is too open ended to be excellent on its own, yet they still do a great job here with this opening barrage.

Bottom Line – Great re-imagining of the 70’s TV show that updates the whole idea of the series while giving the viewer so much to ponder. This is a great way to start things off because we get to understand the various dynamics between these characters which will only be expanded on more during the TV show itself.  They set things up so well here and add a new element of camouflage that was not even a possibility when the original show was made both from a technical or even a practical perspective at the time.  Not perfect on it’s own, but it still leaves so many possibilities open for the TV show that follows. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Plans for a revival of the 1970s TV series date back to the late 1990s when original series star Richard Hatch went as far as producing a short film called Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming (1999), which continued the original story many years later. Universal Studios passed on his idea. In 2001, plans to film a new Galactica TV movie made by Bryan Singer which was a sequel to the original series were shelved at the last minute. The 2003 version developed by Ronald D. Moore is described as a “reimagining” of the original story as opposed to a continuation but includes many obvious and subtle references to the 1978 series. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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4 thoughts on “The Robots in Film Blogathon – Battlestar Gallactica (2003)

  1. I quite liked the show, though I only watched a couple seasons of it. It had some really cool stuff going on, and the whole don’t-know-who-is-and-isn’t-a-cylon thing was pretty awesome. Plus, mmm, Jamie Bamber. I’d like to see the original some day.


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