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Mr Robot creator reviving Battlestar Galactica for NBCUniversal’s new streaming service

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YOU GET A STREAMING SERVICE! YOU GET A STREAMING SERVICE! EVERYBODY GETS A STREAMING SERVICE! Yes, the days of Netflix having no competition are far gone as everybody and their dog is launching a streaming platform of their own. One of the latest to join the fray is NBCUniversal, who announced back in January that they’re also throwing their hat into the ring. Now, thanks to new reports, we have some more info about the service. It will be titled Peacock (to tie in with NBC’s classic logo) and is expected to launch in April 2020. The big news though is its lineup, which includes all of NBCUniversal’s vault of properties (like The Office) as well as the return of classic shows Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster. More than these though, it boasts one seriously enticing drawcard: Battlestar Galactica.

Yes, the classic sci-fi franchise of a space-age human civilization driven to the point of extinction in a war with the robotic Cylons – who they created – is coming back… again. This time NBCUniversal has tapped Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail to head this endeavour, and that is one seriously exciting prospect. Given his penchant for deep character writing, as well as his impeccable eye for visuals, this could make for one seriously good match up.

Originally launched in the 1970s by prolific TV producer Glen A. Larson, Battlestar Galactica was a short-lived sci-fi romp that achieved cult status mostly because of how cheesy it was. The show was rebooted in 2004 by Ron D. Moore though and promptly changed sci-fi television at the time. Whereas most of its contemporaries were lighthearted episodic affairs, BSG was a gritty, mature space opera with long-form storytelling stuffed with complex characters and meta-commentary. Over the course of its four seasons, it won wide critical acclaim and numerous industry awards, including being named by Time as one of the 100 greatest TV series ever.

While original reports claimed that Esmail’s BSG would be a reboot of the franchise, the showrunner clarified in a tweet last night that this will actually be a new story set in the same continuity as the 2004 series.

Given how Moore ended his show – which I won’t spoil here even though it’s 15 years old just because everybody needs to experience this show’s awesomeness – continuing where it left off would be extremely tricky. We could get a prequel spinoff, but we already had those in Caprica and Blood & Chrome and neither of those shows was received even remotely as well as the original. So right now, it’s completely a mystery as to what Esmail is cooking up. I just hope it’s as frakking good as the previous show. So say we all.

Last Updated: September 18, 2019

20 Comments

  1. Awww sheeeet. Here we go again.

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  2. G8crasha

    September 18, 2019 at 09:24

    This is becoming intolerable. So many streaming services, releasing so many good series, with not all of them releasing in SA officially!

    I am going to have to resort to one of three things:

    1. Pirate as there is no other way of getting the series legally
    2. Hope DStv picks up the series, but then I have to pay the Multichoice Monopoly
    3. VPN, and spend unreasonable amounts of money to subscribe to these services

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    • Guz

      September 18, 2019 at 12:17

      I’m watching this one way or the other

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    • Dresden

      September 18, 2019 at 09:38

      Typical entitled gamer attitude!

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    • Admiral Chief

      September 18, 2019 at 11:11

      I vote for the nautical acquisition!

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    • HvR

      September 18, 2019 at 12:09

      If a company do not value me as customer well then …..

      Reply

  3. G8crasha

    September 18, 2019 at 09:24

    This is becoming intolerable. So many streaming services, releasing so many good series, with not all of them releasing in SA officially!

    I am going to have to resort to one of three things:

    1. Pirate as there is no other way of getting the series legally
    2. Hope DStv picks up the series, but then I have to pay the Multichoice Monopoly
    3. VPN, and spend unreasonable amounts of money to subscribe to these services

    Reply

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 18, 2019 at 10:04

  5. justlikemo

    September 18, 2019 at 10:36

    yeh, all these services, I still stick to Netflix, eventually they will get this series and I will watch it then.

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  6. Guild

    September 18, 2019 at 11:29

    Another one, wtf. I already have Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. I will probably get Disney as well. But that’s it. No more

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    • HvR

      September 18, 2019 at 12:01

      Just get one at a time and rotate; avoid FOMO by playing dem gamez.

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      • Guild

        September 18, 2019 at 12:09

        Can’t really as all of them are used every week if not every day

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        • HvR

          September 18, 2019 at 12:09

          Bloody hell; don’t you sleep/eat/work/play?

          I can barely get in 2 episodes a day of anything.

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          • Guild

            September 18, 2019 at 12:17

            Same. I get maybe an episode or 2 in. I usually watch Hulu, sometimes Netflix or Amazon depending. Other nights I just watch some Twitch streams.
            Wife only watches Netflix and the kids are mostly on Amazon Prime. So they all get used

          • HvR

            September 18, 2019 at 12:17

            Nah my kid and the extended family with logins gets a week heads up switch warning.

    • Son of Banana Jim

      September 18, 2019 at 15:00

      Just one more… just one more… 😛

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  7. For the Emperor!

    September 18, 2019 at 12:09

    Am I the only one who found BSG to be boring? Perhaps it is because I could not binge it…some series only grasp me if I can binge the first 3-7 episodes…

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  8. Guz

    September 18, 2019 at 12:17

    Battlestar Galactica o/ this makes me beyond happy. I actually re watched it a few months back and its still as good as I remember it. Some people didn’t like how the show ended but I did

    “What do you hear, Starbuck?”
    “Nothing but the rain, sir.”
    “Then get your gun, and bring the cat in”
    “Boom boom boom”

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  9. Son of Banana Jim

    September 18, 2019 at 15:00

    I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that the reboot was released in 2004…. How freaking old am I?

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  10. Guz

    September 18, 2019 at 12:17

    Battlestar Galactica o/ this makes me beyond happy. I actually re watched it a few months back and its still as good as I remember it. Some people didn’t like how the show ended but I did

    “What do you hear, Starbuck?”
    “Nothing but the rain, sir.”
    “Then get your gun, and bring the cat in”
    “Boom boom boom”

    Reply

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