Battlestar Galactica first premiered in the '70s and garnered a cult-like following like no other show before it. The Sci-Fi series was ahead of its time, as the storyline was based on a space fleet fleeing from the evil Cyclons who were searching for Earth.
The trendy space show ticked all the boxes for fans from a story set in faraway galaxies to brave humans fighting strange aliens. The show had such a following that it only made sense to reboot it, which happened in 2004. It became even more popular than the original, running from 2004 until 2010.
There is no denying the impact Battlestar Galactica has had on pop culture. Below, we discuss just how it went from a show about humans in space who were looking for Earth to a Sci-Fi fan favourite with an unprecedented impact.
It stood out amongst other shows in its genre
You can find an extensive list of shows in the Sci-Fi genre that one can say was on the same page as Battlestar Galactica, such as Star Trek, The Expanse, Babylon 5, and so on. However, none of those compares to Battlestar Galactica’s cast, amazing storyline, or chemistry.
The cast, writers, directors, and everyone else that worked on the show seemed destined for greatness. The cast from the 2004 reboot is still in contact and looking forward to working with each other on future releases.
The storyline was like no other—space-bound humans searching for a way back to Earth to save their race from the dreaded Cyclons. It resonated with the audience and remains fascinating today with the rise of space exploration increasing our knowledge base.
It wouldn't be surprising to see another reboot of the show in the future.
It never was a copy of Star Wars
Yes, the concept of the show might be similar to Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica did follow that thread, but the two are vastly different. The story differs drastically from that of Star Wars, and the producers made sure to implement any changes that George Lucas requested (like taking out laser guns because Lucas felt these were too similar to Star Wars).
While George Lucas tried to entrench the show in lawsuits, it went on successfully. The courts found that Battlestar Galactica did not infringe upon any copyright of Star Wars.
At the same time, George Lucas noticed the impact the show had and hired Ronald D. Moore, a Battlestar Galactica writer, to write for an episode of the Star Wars version.
Since the release of Battlestar Galactica, there have been numerous shows that took a similar approach. You can see elements of it in shows such as Altered Carbon and Firefly. Along with Star Trek and Star Wars, it has paved the way for a new genre of sci-fi entertainment that fans still watch today.
You can bet, as you would on SBOBET, that the show will continue to garner fans through the years.