As I stated before, the original series was campy and overacted, but fast paced, upbeat and kind of charming. As for the old series' "shamelessly reusing" special effects, it was made 26 years ago, when the special effects of today weren't even possible, and the ones that they had were expensive. Bad 70s haircuts were kind of endemic in the 70s. I'm not sure that I would like it today, but I found it amusing at the age of 20 (I recently rewatched Star Wars
on DVD and found that 27 years hasn't been kind to it, either).
This new version was slow, grave and completely unappealing (to me). In the two hours that I watched I didn't find a single character to root for or give a damn about--it was easier to side with the Cylons. (By far the most interesting character was Number Six). I just wanted the Cylons to find them and finish them off. They created the Cylons, they were stupid enough to try to make peace with them--they deserved what they got. Of course, this was true in the original story as well, but the Cylons were much less cool
Now, if I thought that there was a chance that the producers would let the Cylons win over this bunch of losers in the end, that's
a series that I might watch
I guess that my main problem with it is this: why take an old concept and rehash it, trading on its fame to pass off something almost unrelated? The original BG
was a half-comical space-opera, ala Lost in Space
. It was a poor man's Star Wars
on TV. They're taking the same situation and turning it into some sort of dead-serious drama. The setting and character set doesn't seem designed for it and if that's the sort of thing that you want to make, why not build it around a fresh new idea? Personally, I don't think it's gonna fly in the long term, and as I asserted before, it wouldn't garner sufficient ratings to survive more than a month on a major network, but much worst things have gone on for seasons on SciFi, so if it has what it takes to attract a following, it will likely get its chance.
As for Starbuck and Boomer being female.........................I was never under
it--doesn't make it any less goofy.
Obviously, these are only my personal opinions. I'm happy for those of you who are enjoying it. As I said, since SciFi picked it up, you'll probably get at least a few seasons of it.
And no, I didn't particularly care for Starship Troopers
, though it was relatively true to the novel, which was a favorite of mine as a teen. Its main problem is that Casper Van Dien is a hard-of-acting pretty-boy, and no one seemed to be directing the dialog, anyway
. Its special effects were pretty.