I don’t know how many reboots can be announced over the space of seven days but someone is pushing the limits. That said, if anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt it is Ronald D. Moore (who by the way is totally hot). Moore is the mastermind behind the 2004 “Battlestar Galactica” series and his resume is impressive (“Caprica”, “Carnivale”, “Roswell”, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation”). Reading that list myself made me hope this remake will be set in space.
While there are no details or specifics as yet and most of us (even me) aren’t old enough to have watched the original, the show was brought about by the public’s James Bond fascination. In fact, “The Wild, Wild West” series pitch was “Bond on horseback”. Starring Robert Conrad as James West, a Secret Service agent under Ulysses S. Grant, the series ran on CBS from 1965 - 1969. Conrad’s West was joined by gadgeteer, Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin); the two characters and actors were said to have enjoyed great chemistry.
“Like Bond, West — and his adversaries — had a cache of secret gadgets that audiences loved. There were guns concealed in his shoes and sleeves, exploding billiard tables, not to mention sci-fi torpedoes disguised as dragons with radio homing devices. And like Bond, West was a bachelor who rarely seemed far from a beautiful woman…” (Los Angeles Times).
Reading about the original series and knowing how talented Ron Moore is has left me more than a little excited for this particular reboot. So say we all?