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It Can't Be Worse Than "Galactica: 1980"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 17, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 17, 2010 |

The work schedule might be a bit thin for Edward James Olmos at the moment as he’s decided to write a followup to “Battlestar Galactica” in graphic novel form. Says the erstwhile Admiral:

I think people would really flip out to know what Lee Adama is doing on the planet, what the chief is doing on the planet and what is the colonel doing on the planet and how is the planet treating us and how are we treating the planet? How are we getting along, the human development that we were inside of the human development that we see today. That’s pretty heavy.

I want to know what he’s doing right now, don’t you? I kind of was left with him sitting about to build his cabin, so God almighty I’d like to know what’s happening to him right now. In many moments throughout the day, I’ll think, ‘I wonder what he’s doing? What the heck is he up to? What the heck are those people up to?’ Here they were 200,000 years ago on this earth. They came from the experience that they came from. All I can tell you is: aren’t you guys curious as to what happened to them?

No actually, I’m not. See, I loved that series, and although I initially was more or less satisfied with the finale, it’s gotten more and more off-pissing as time has gone on, moderately drinkable cheap wine going to vinegar with age. And even while the ending was infuriating, it also tied off just about systematically every mystery and loose end. The problem wasn’t a lack of answers, it was that the answers sucked. The only big mystery is whether the 40,000 techno citizens used to living on spaceships starve to death before or after Baltar manages to knock up one of the early humans.

The other problem I have with this is hard to say without being rather harsh, but this simply is not Olmos’ story to tell. It’s one thing when Joss Whedon starts up a comic book series to continue the story of Buffy, but it’d be quite another thing if Sarah Michelle Gellar did. Just because the guy played Bill Adama (and played him brilliantly), doesn’t give him the artistic authority to write a continuation. Or in other words, this is Ron Moore’s story. Anyone else trying to tack on more chapters doesn’t feel like anything more than fan fic.

(source: Screen Junkies)

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