Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Top Reasons Why All Three Renditions of Battlestar Galactica (GINO, Caprica, Blood & Chrome) Were Just Blatant, Bad Television and Failed Commercially

1. All three series (GINO, Caprica, Blood & Chrome) showed nothing but hostility and disrespect towards its source material, (the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series.) You never disrespect your source material, ever...for any reason. If you do, you sure as hell won't be building a science fiction franchise of any sort based upon the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series. Lo and behold!! That is precisely what Universal Studios failed to do. Paramount Pictures has "Star Trek", Disney has "Star Wars", and Universal Studios has "Nothing" to compete with due to their own ongoing idiocy with "Battlestar Galactica."

2. All three series suffered from chronic narcissism (primarily GINO) to such a degree that it blinded the cast and crew of all three series to the reality that they were indeed....making crappy television.

3. When your cast and crew are egomaniacal narcissists to the degree that Ronald D. Moore and Edward James Olmos were, it blinded them to how truly untalented they really were.

4. Lazy art direction, production design, props, and wardrobe. If you're going to make a television series set in outer space in a far away galaxy, at least put up the money needed to design and make sets, props, and wardrobe unlike anything a science fiction audience has seen before. Dressing everybody in business suits, fedoras, and having them driving around in cars to their downtown apartments in an all too familiar looking city just isn't going to cut it in a galaxy supposedly light years from Earth. And indeed, it didn't cut it in "GINO", "Caprica", and "Blood & Chrome." SyFy Channel and Ronald D. Moore didn't even try to create and build an alternate, credible reality. All three series looked like they were filmed in downtown Vancouver on sunny days and on all too obvious soundstages.

5. Hire actors who still practice their craft when the cameras are rolling. Edward James Olmos stopped acting 30 years ago. His "stock footage emotion" so to speak since 1984 has been that ever present frown on his face while mumbling dialogue. Edward James Olmos and Tommy Lee Jones would be a lot of fun doing "Dinner Theater" together. Tommy Lee Jones stopped acting on camera at roughly the same time. I hope to God that Josh Brolin will permanently replace Tommy Lee Jones in "Men in Black 4." I'm tired of "Men in Black" sequel movies being ruined every time Tommy Lee Jones shows up on screen with his frowning and mumbling. Give the man an oxygen tank and wake him up for the filming!!

6. If you're going to do an outer space show set in another galaxy, don't even think about not having extraterrestrial bad guy creatures in it. If you're not going to have aliens in your show, then don't do the damn show. Do a stock sitcom or hospital drama instead. I'm fed up with these idiots who run the studios and television networks who always state..."We're really doing a show about people even though the setting is outer space." Blow me!! If you want to do a show about people, then do a show about people. Don't do a show set in outer space. The expectation from the mass market audience from a science fiction show set in outer space is that the emphasis will be on spectacle and cool alien bad guys. Not a bunch of retarded former actors (with frowns on their faces) reciting soap opera dialogue to one another. Who cares about people when a show is supposed to be science fiction and set in outer space?

7. Only have talented producers with proven track records of mass market success in science fiction overall when doing science fiction for television. Ronald D. Moore and David Eick ain't it!! Producers who at the very least, are capable of assembling a truly talented cast for the science fiction show.

8. The SyFy Channel isn't a science fiction channel, run by corporate idiots who hate science fiction!! So, why were they attempting a re-boot of "Battlestar Galactica" with the anti-science fiction and anti-Galactica garbage they came up with? (GINO, Caprica, Blood & Chrome.) Universal Studios can ask themselves that question on an endless loop as they watch helplessly this summer while "Star Trek" is making money hand over fist and they have nothing franchise wise to compete with it. And ask themselves that question again when the new batch of "Star Wars" sequels begin coming out.

9. When you hate a science fiction property to the extent that Universal Studios has always hated the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series, even going so far as to sabotage the "Galactica - Complete Epic Series"  DVD set in 2003 with cracked and freezing discs the way Universal Studios did in 2003, then that is an incompatible, dysfunctional, and inharmonious relationship between the copyright owner and the property that cannot be mended. Universal Studios should have sold the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series to another studio decades ago simply because they hate the property.

10. "GINO" (Galactica in Name Only) should have been cancelled in the first season due to low ratings and less than anticipated ratings. The ratings were low for a reason. It was a crappy show and the mass market audience didn't fall for the "Bag of Goods" SyFy Channel and Ronald D. Moore were trying to ram down their throats. If your show sucks, don't renew it for three more seasons and make two sequel series to it. Chances are the sequel series will suck as much as the parent show. And that is precisely how it played out.


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