Today brings lots of news on the future of Trek vet Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica franchise. The BSG co-creator tells The Hollywood Reporter that he doesn’t expect the show to follow in the footsteps of Trek to the big screen. However, the show will be finally getting the TV prequel announced two years, ago as Sci-Fi have given the greenlight fo the pilot of Moore’s Caprica.
No BSG movies…Trek movies show reason why
Ron Moore, who co-wrote the first two TNG films (Generations and First Contact) tells THR that his experience shows that Trek films lost something when they went to the big screen. Moore tells THR that BSG “works best as an ensemble TV drama” and he fears that on the big screen it would be a “different animal.” From the article:
Moore said he’s been that route with “Star Trek” and found that the movies become focused on one or two characters with the rest of the show’s characters mostly fading into the background. He said the “Next Generation” movies ended up focusing on Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Commander Data. The others, Moore said, did “one scene for their character and the rest of the time they were essentially support to Patrick (Stewart) and Brent (Spiner).”
Of course Moore has a point. One only needs to look at a the movie posters to see the Spiner/Stewart focus for the TNG films. But then again that is no different than the Shatner/Nimoy focus of the previous TOS films.
Picard and Data…where is everyone else?
Caprica is a go
Battlestar Galactica may not follow in the footsteps of Trek to the big screen, but it will follow in the footsteps of getting a prequel. Announced two years ago, Caprica has finally got the go ahead from the Sci-Fi Channel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a backdoor pilot will begin production this Spring. The series is based 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica and before the first Cylon War. Here is a description from the original announcement two years ago:
Caprica would take place more than half a century before the events that play out in Battlestar Galactica. The people of the Twelve Colonies are at peace and living in a society not unlike our own, but where high technology has changed the lives of virtually everyone for the better.
But a startling breakthrough in robotics is about to occur, one that will bring to life the age-old dream of marrying artificial intelligence with a mechanical body to create the first living robot: a Cylon. Following the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama, who will one day become the commander of the Battlestar Galactica), Caprica will weave together corporate intrigue, techno-action and sexual politics into television’s first science fiction family saga.
BSG v Trek recognition
Moore also talked to the LA Times about the recognition Battlestar Galactica has recieved and again drew a parallel with Trek:
I had been at ‘Star Trek’ for 10 years, and Patrick Stewart never even got a nomination for his work. You just get used to the idea that you’ll be ignored because of the genre. But this series cut hard against science-fiction cliches. It was a character drama piece, not escapism, that tackled complicated matters and challenged the audience to do more than just come along for the ride.
Battlestar was created by writers…and they have a plan
Before the BSG universe goes backward it still has to move to its inevitable end. The final season for Battlestar starts in the first week of April…and it would appear that, unlike Trek, this is really the end. Moore tells the LA Times they are not keeping the door open and the series will come to a definitive end, saying “the premise was that they were looking for Earth, and we had to pay that off.” However Moore tells THR they will not necessarily time up all the loose end and that “some would be ambiguous by design.”
Battlestar Season 4 is coming…starting April 4…here is a new promo:
Battlestar Season 3 on DVD out now
Battlestar Galactica – Season Three, featuing 15 hours of bonus features was released today (March 18th). It and all the rest of the new and TOS BSG DVDs are available at Amazon…