Saturday, July 16, 2011
Universal Studios Only Two Options Thus Far With "Battlestar Galactica" Have Been Shitty Ones
1. Not doing anything with "Battlestar Galactica" decade after decade, and not making any money because of it.
2. Doing Ronald D. Moore's crappy version of "Battlestar Galactica" and not making any money because of it.
A bleak track record like that warrants a board of inquiry of some sort from either the Universal Studios shareholders, or from the new owners....Comcast.
It just isn't natural and normal for a corporation to have a property in its possession and repeatedly not making any money from the property on purpose. It's downright weird.
How much money would Universal Studios / Sci-Fi Channel have made a decade ago from "Battlestar Galactica" if they had decided to properly revive the series (going back to the 1978 version) instead of going with Ronald D. Moore's crappy version? The status of the property would be on much more solid footing financially than it is now.
When you have a misstep with a property which is a numero uno incident...such as Paramount Pictures misstep with "Star Trek - The Motion Picture"....You do a corporate wide course adjustment (as Paramount Pictures did) to get the "Star Trek" property back on track. Numero uno incidents like that can be forgiven because in Paramount Pictures case...it wasn't intentional...and the incidents never occur again.
In the case of Universal Studios / SyFy Channel and "Battlestar Galactica"....there have been no such course corrections. Not only that, but this thoroughly dysfunctional corporation continues to cling to the only two options historically proven to not make them any money with the property....inactivity or Ronald D. Moore's garbage. Intentional or unintentional blunders such as this need to be weeded out of any corporation for the good of the corporation. Universal Studios has already proven and long since proven that they hate the "Battlestar Galactica" property with a passion. We the general public get it. Now it's time for an internal investigation of Universal Studios / SyFy Channel be new corporate parent Comcast. Not making the sort of money that can potentially be made from the "Battlestar Galactica" property by not honoring what came before (the 1978 series) is not in the best interests of Comcast's new subsidiaries (Universal Studios and SyFy Channel) and has ultimately proved to be detrimental to the corporation overall.
This is a situation where the thoroughly objective new corporate parent (Comcast) would look at why the property has not been making noteworthy money for decades and sternly address their new corporate subordinates at Universal Studios / SyFy Channel....
Comcast: "Alright....we get it. All of you have had some sort of personal vendetta against the '1978 Battlestar Galactica' series for decades. Now it's time for all of you to file away (for good) your personal vendettas against this property, and start making noteworthy money from the property whether you like it or not.)"
Universal Studios and SyFy Channel's handling of the "Battlestar Galactica" property is one of those situations inevitably headed for a confrontation of some sort initiated by new corporate owners Comcast. "Battlestar Galactica" is not making them noteworthy money, and they have every right in the world to investigate why.
Posted by Languatron at 12:34 PM