Battlestar Galactica: Original Vs New Series

Battlestar Galactica: Original Vs New Series

So, I know it’s not exactly a fair fight since the new one has had the benefit of more seasons and more budget. But it makes for an interesting match – Which series was better? The current one wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the original – but it’s popularity has grown with the new series in play.

Which one is better?

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19 Comments on "Battlestar Galactica: Original Vs New Series"

  1. L-W February 26, 2009 at 7:59 am -      #1

    The new series, by far.

    Whilst the original was the conception itself, it was plagued by terrible acting, atrocious dialogue, a horribly convoluted plot, wooden two dimensional characters and a rather short-lived run that ultimately left the story unfulfilled. Coupled with its face palm inducing series ending and not even the rather spectacular special effects (For the time) could keep the show going more than one season.

    Whilst…How would I describe the new series? Does the image of me waiting with baited breath each week (Saturday, 6pm, Sci-Fi channel) accurately surmise my appraisal of the show?

    Stellar cast, brilliant writing, evocative characterization and some of the best Space combat scenes seen since…Ever. Much like a fine wine, it leaped from its boundaries of the miniseries and has continued to deliver hit after hit after hit with each new season.

    In conclusion, episodes such as “Resurrection Ship Part II”, “Exodus Part II”, “33″, “Laying down your burdens”, “The Hub” and “Revelations” are undeniably the best installments in the entirety of television history, a feat that even the greatest of Sopranos episodes barely achieve.

  2. Locutus February 26, 2009 at 9:01 am -      #2

    The new BSG is faaaar superior. Great characters, storyline, battles, etc.
    The space battle scenes are incredible. The CGI is some of the best i’ve seen in a SciFi.

  3. Matapiojo February 26, 2009 at 9:32 am -      #3

    Taking away the “vintage” element from the original, the new run is superior to it in every way.

    New FTW.

  4. Cpt Olimar February 26, 2009 at 10:20 am -      #4

    I was never a fan, but if my dad happened to be watching it at the time, I would watch too. Never thought too much of it, but then again…. I never thought too much of any TV show either :(
    The new one is better though.

  5. Matapiojo February 26, 2009 at 11:52 am -      #5


    I repeat…


    Tops Gallactica jumping within a planet’s atmosphere, deployng raptors, then jumping out before gravity neutralized it. That was one of the top moments in Sci-fi history. I can still remember my wife and I screaming with amazement at that scene. Incredible.

  6. fooby February 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm -      #6

    the adama manuver is awsome of the most epic pourptions,
    to escape cut engines and fall thorugh atmosphere, launching fighters, and jumps just hitting ground.

  7. L-W February 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm -      #7

    I almost went into fracking cardiac arrest at that point. Seeing the “Bucket Drop” was quite possibly the greatest cinematic achievement in television history, certainly it left an impression upon me for time immemorial.

    But do you know how they topped that moment? Minutes later, Colonel Tigh (Micheal Hogan) now a broken and haggard man, asks permission to board his own ship. The following (Albeit brief) exchange of dialogue more than surpasses any achievement in CGI.

    Adama: You did it Saul, you brought them back home.

    Tigh: …Not all of them.

    Adama: I’m sorry.

    It doesn’t seem like much on text, but the some of the series best moments are the exchanges between Edward James Olmos and Micheal Hogan. In fact, this show could be purely done without exterior footage or any battles for that matter and I would still be incredibly hooked by the cast alone.

  8. Cpt Olimar February 26, 2009 at 9:59 pm -      #8

    I guess I’m the man out of the circle on this one :(
    I never thought Sci-Fi shows to be well scripted… then again… maybe I haven’t seen this show and am confusing it with Stargate or something…. (I sworn I saw some parts of this show before)

  9. Matapiojo February 26, 2009 at 11:12 pm -      #9

    This is one to pick up, Cpt. I am saddened that it will end soon, but it is definitely a well worth five season series to watch.

  10. Baron Somebody February 26, 2009 at 11:16 pm -      #10

    Star Wars is better than both combined

  11. Cpt Olimar February 27, 2009 at 12:23 am -      #11

    Most Sci-Fi shows are entertaining for geeks like us, but if you take a step back, you realize how bad the writing actually is, at least sometimes.

    (you know what I mean, like some of the catchphrases and reactions of characters. You gotta know that there should be more english majors on the scripts.)

    That said, this one is probably different and I might get around to checking it out on Spring break :)
    (please come soon break!!!!!!!!!!)

  12. Locutus February 27, 2009 at 2:27 am -      #12

    “Star Wars is better than both combined”

    Star Wars is overrated.

    I’d take the new BSG series over Star Wars anyday.

  13. Matapiojo February 27, 2009 at 9:40 am -      #13

    @L-W – “But do you know how they topped that moment? Minutes later, Colonel Tigh (Micheal Hogan) now a broken and haggard man, asks permission to board his own ship.”

    I gotta admit that Tigh is my favorite character in the whole show. In my opinion, he is by far the one with ironically the most depth in its utter simplicity. Plus he is not afraid to duke it out with “The Old Man”, regardless of his eternal respect for him.

    Really strong character.

  14. Matapiojo February 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm -      #14

    BTW, last night’s episode was pretty good. Hera is the next Mozart.

  15. PaPPa JUDAS March 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm -      #15

    When I suggested this I intended as a battle. vintage battlestar has lasers and all around higher tech could the reimagined universe with its more contemporary weapons win? (I think so based on the Brillant leadership of admrial adama)

  16. Matapiojo March 24, 2009 at 8:58 am -      #16

    I hope I was not the only one to catch the two hor series finale. It was pure amazing.

  17. kawika850 July 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm -      #17

    I saw the original airing of the BSG. I liked it. they used words like yahren, centars, etc… They fought cylons that looked like silver walking armored monsters. the blasters on BSG original could take ships apart with two or three shots (any one who would argue this point, remember that I am old enough to have watched the BSG original as it aired).
    the Cylon ships of the old BSG were slow, but packed a good deal of firepower. the vipers of the old BSG fired laser torpedoes instead of bullets.
    Baltar was excellent. the Lucifer series cylon was excellent.
    the warrior uniform of the old BSG was excellent. it did not look like an alternative lifestyle convention.

    having said this, the old vipers could put up a fight. the newer vipers are just as good. you have similar training methods (if not the same).
    the two BS’s are similar in size.defensive weaponry is about the same. the old BSG has a super laser (which it has used in the series)
    this would all come down to who wanted the win more.
    Boomer was a black male.
    most of the original series warriors were males.

    Both Commanders would have been trained with similar tactical issues.

    I am more sympathetic to the old series just because of my youth. i have not liked the newer series. I am by far not a prude, but I thought that some things should be left to the imagination. I knew that “romances” existed on the old series. Any one who watched it knew, but they were censored. the new series does not leave any thing to imagine. that is a shame. the subtrifuge is greater in the new series.
    the new series just does not leave any thing to imagine. Baltar does not command a cylon army.
    Adama is much more ruthless
    Loren Green – played a merciful commander willing to do the hard decisions yet holding the killing stroke when required.
    I just never got the same “feelings” with the new series.

    As I have said, it all depends on who wants it the most.

  18. Mal May 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm -      #18

    I am going to be in the minority here. I much prefer the original Battlestar Galactica. The stories hold up much better than most people think. The characters where much more likeable. The character development feels so forced at times. With the Adama’s constantly getting into arguments. To be honest I would say a lot of the scripting is rather Hack. The budget for the original Battlestar was massive for its time although they did repeat a lot of the effects shots, a lot of the time they were trying news stuff or refining stuff which had been tried in Star Wars (the effects team are pretty much the same people). Also a lot of the stuff in New Battlestar makes much more sense if you have watched the original.

    When I talk able Battlestar Galactica, I of course and not refuring to Galactica 1980 which only had 1 decent episode (The Return of Starbuck).

  19. rkraptor70 September 30, 2011 at 4:11 am -      #19

    With you mate.The story and characters of the old BSG is Wayyy better then the new one.The new ones CGIs are REALLY Awesome but the old one had a much beautiful story.And for the characters…..I Really wish to beat the shit out they guy who turned Apollo from a good solder to a total idealist nuts,Starbuck from a good and reliable friend to a total BITCH and Cornell Tigh from a very good man to a half paranoid old man!
    As for the battle i think the old BSG will gain the upper hand over the new one for her laser weaponry.

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