Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The original Battlestar Galactica series bible is Ron Moore's rebuke to Star Trek

Moore's first mistake was thinking that Star Trek was something that needed to be rebuked. His second mistake -- in retrospect -- was not delivering what he promised:
The jabs at Star Trek from Moore — who had only recently ended a long stint on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and (briefly) Voyager — are the first thing that jump out at you when you read the bible. Moore is out for "nothing less than the reinvention of the science fiction television series." And that means avoiding "the usual stories about parallel universes, time-travel, mind-control, evil twins, God-like powers and all the other cliches." And the roster of characters should not include "'the cocky guy,' 'the fast-talker,' 'the brain,' 'the wacky alien sidekick' or any of the other usual characters.
By the end it was all parallel universes, time-travel, mind-control, evil, twins, God-like powers and characters motivated by little more than alcoholism and lousy childhoods.