Battlestar Galactica (RDM)/jp:バトルスター・ギャラクティカ (新シリーズ)
This article refers to the 2003 re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica. 1978年に制作されたオリジナル・シリーズは宇宙空母ギャラクティカ (オリジナル・シリーズ)を参照。
The 2003 Miniseries debut of Battlestar Galactica was a "re-imagining," or updated version of the 1970s "Battlestar Galactica" made more suitable to the modern sensibilities of the 21st Century. Aiming to tacle issues of civil rights, survival, terrorism, and religion, "Battlestar Galactica" is an sci-fi drama following the survivors of the human race—which number under 50,000. A familiar but different battlestar Galactica finds herself leading a refugee fleet on a lonely (and initially fictitious) quest for Earth, with turmoil from within and danger from without.
On the "Battlestar Wiki," the show's most common abbreviations are "the Re-imagined Series," or "RDM" for the initials of its executive co-producer and chief writer, Ronald D. Moore (as "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is often referred to as "TNG"). It was also initially disambiguated as "TNS" (for "The New Series"), or "BSG", but this has become rarer over time as it distinguished itself more from the 1978 series, or the "Original Series" as it is commonly called on Battlestar Wiki.
"Battlestar Galactica" began (or, "re-began") as a four-hour Miniseries pilot that showed the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, but in a style more familiar and disturbing to today's viewers, making its events eerily reminiscent of feelings felt by many viewers to the sporadic and inconsistent news and chaos shown during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
While the ship was probably the most familar element derived from the Original Series, many elements of the new show were very, very different. The commander, William Adama, is a battle-hardened, secularly-minded commander on the eve of retirement for himself and his combat-decorated old battlestar. The names of Original Series characters are now the pilot call signs for his son, Lee "Apollo" Adama and the crack-pilot, Kara "Starbuck" Thrace. Starbuck's change into a female character initially became a torrid issue to Original Series fans who feared this and other changes would render an inferior series.
However, some fans became pleasently suprised when the series aired. Unlike its Original Series counterpart, this new series has not only survived, preparing episodes for its third season beginning in in October, 2006, but has received many awards and nominations, including several Emmy nominations and one award, a Hugo Award, and even its own spin-off series, currently in development. However, it has recieved some critiscm from fans who feel it bastardized the original series, and some critics disliked it for various reasons.
The basic story is still present: robotic Cylons surprisingly attack the Colonies resulting in a holocaust, thus forcing a "rag-tag, fugitive fleet" to coalesce around the last surviving battlestar, Galactica, to seek a mythical Thirteenth Colony where refugees hope to find shelter from the Cylons.
However, many of the fine details are changed, such as:
- The Cylons were created by Humanity, not by a reptilian race (also called Cylons) who hated Humanity. This makes their origins similar to those of the machines of the Terminator or the The Matrix.
- Battlestar Galactica is a 50 year old relic on the verge of decommission.
- The names of "Apollo", "Boomer", and "Starbuck" are changed to call signs. Most characters have standard first and last names; some first names were not given until later in the series, such as Felix Gaeta's or Anastasia Dualla's.
- The futuristic (and often confusing) terminology used to denote units of measurement, such as distance and time, in the original series has been replaced with understandable terminology. For instance, "year" was replaced with "yahren" in the original.
- The ship designs, save for some revisions to the Mk. II Viper and Galactica and a few noteworthy background ships (such as the Astral Queen and the Botanical Cruiser), have been redone.
- The Quorum of Twelve is not mentioned in the miniseries, and is apparently supplemented by a government body similar to the United States executive branch. There is a president, vice president, and secretaries. The Quorum does not make an appearance until episode 1.11 (Colonial Day).
- Instead of the other-worldly, Egyptian-esque clothing and city designs (i.e. pyramids) seen in the original, the clothing and cities are more contemporary in design and function.
- ブーマー(Boomer)はオリジナル・シリーズではHerb Jefferson Jr.演じる男性キャラクターの名前だが、新シリーズでは女性中尉シャロン・ヴァレリー(Sharon Valerii) (Grace Park)のコール・サインに変更されている。
- スターバック(Starbuck)はオリジナル・シリーズではDirk Benedict演じる男性キャラクターの名前だが、女性大尉カラ・トレイス(Kara Thrace) (Katee Sackhoff)のコール・サインに変更されている。
- The character of Adama, portrayed by Lorne Greene in the Original Series, becomes William "Husker" Adama (Edward James Olmos). Adama's beliefs are far more secular than his TOS counterpart.
- Apollo, portrayed by Original Series star and continuation activist Richard Hatch, is the call sign of Lee Adama (Jamie Bamber).
- Baltar, who was willingly complicit in the destruction of the Colonies due to his thirst for power, is now a scientific genius named Gaius Baltar.
- The character of Colonel Tigh, portrayed by Terry Carter, is now separated from his wife and seeing out the rest of his career from inside a bottle in the form of Colonel Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan) who hasn't seen military action in a long while.
The show has taken a more realistic turn. Realistic science, which was painfully absent in the Original Series, is applied in this series.
Certain models of Cylons appear human, right down to the blood -- it takes complex tests just to screen for these Humanoid Cylons. This generates some very disturbing questions. For one, the Cylons have now managed to merge in with human society, making it easier to manipulate from within. This mirrors terrorist methods of infiltration and delivering destructive results to heavy population centers (a la suicide bombers).
- Edward James Olmos as William Adama
- Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin
- Katee Sackhoff as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
- Jamie Bamber as Lee "Apollo" Adama
- James Callis as Gaius Baltar
- Tricia Helfer as Number Six
- Grace Park as Sharon "Boomer" Valerii/Number Eight
- Michael Hogan as Saul Tigh
- Aaron Douglas as Galen Tyrol
- Tahmoh Penikett as Karl "Helo" Agathon
- Kandyse McClure as Anastasia Dualla
- Paul Campbell as Billy Keikeya (2003-2006)
- Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gaeta
- Ronald D. Moore - Developer / Executive Producer / Writer
- David Eick - Executive Producer
- Toni Graphia - Co-Executive Producer / Writer
- Harvey Frand - Producer
- Glen A. Larson - Consulting Producer
- To view the list of all the directors and staff, see the Battlestar Wiki Crew Portal.