Battlestar Galactica: All Quiet on the Cylon Front

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

Glen A. Larson was a legendary producer. During his golden years, he gave us classics like The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Knight Rider, and, of course, the immortal tale of the last remnants of the 12 Colonies running for their lives across the Galaxy, Battlestar Galactica. Much like Star Trek (the original), the first Battlestar Galactica series had a controversial start. Although it won the “Best New TV Drama Series” award at the 1979 People’s Choice Awards, the series only ran for 17 episodes – to the great disappointment of the fans. In 1980, the Colonial flagship returned to the screen, yet in a different format – with the fleet arriving at Earth, the Colonial forces needed to stop the Cylons from taking over. This time, the series only lasted for ten episodes. This didn’t stop the series from achieving cult status, yet it resisted any attempt of revival until 2003.


SyFy’s Battlestar-Galactica


The second revival

The “reimagination” of the story, created by screenwriter Ronald D. Moore and producer David Eick, was a massive success. The initial mini-series received good enough ratings to determine SyFy (then Sci-Fi Channel) expand it into a series. The new BSG gained critical acclaim not only from fans and specialty critics but by the mainstream media as well. It received several Emmy nominations (it won quite a few for its special effects), a Peabody Award, a Hugo, several Saturns, and many others. It spawned two feature-length tie-in movies, several web series, a spinoff (short-lived Caprica), a prequel (Blood & Chrome), several novels, and a handful of video games, including a highly successful video slot machine you can try at This is, in fact, one of the most interesting offspring of the series – released at the Wild Jack in 2012, it takes its players back into the middle of the Colonial exodus under constant threat from the Cylon forces. The game’s visuals and sounds, together with its soundtrack reminiscent of Bear McCreary’s original, make it one of the most atmospheric slot machines ever to be released at the Wild Jack and its complex gameplay captivates players ever since its original release.


Battlestar Galactica: Online Slots

Battlestar Galactica: Online Slots


BSG on the big screen

Although episodes of the original Battlestar Galactica series have been screened in cinemas (the re-edited 1978 pilot, along with Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack and Conquest of the Earth), the series never managed to spawn a true big-screen production. This in spite of the repeated attempts made both by Glen A. Larson and X-Men producer Bryan Singer’s attempts to do so. Not long ago, news of a possible feature film reimagination of the original series has been discussed, yet the movie seems to be stuck in development hell. The latest news about the movie have come last February when Academy Award-nominated producer Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Zathura, Childhood’s End) was announced to have signed with Universal Studios to produce the project, joining producers Dylan Clark (Rise of and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Scott Stuber (Ted, 47 Ronin, Battleship). De Luca is a declared “huge Battlestar Galactica fanatic”, which gives us some hopes about the upcoming movie. The fact that there has been no news on the Cylon front for over a year are a bit unsettling nonetheless.


Battlestar Galactica The Battle Space Between Human and Cylon

Battlestar Galactica, the epic space battle between Human and Cylon

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