battlestar galactica not reboot ronald d. moore sam esmail

One of the more interesting things to come out of the streaming wars is a new Battlestar Galactica show from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail coming to NBC’s upcoming streaming service, Peacock. The initial announcement about the show pinned it as another reboot for the series, which had already been rebooted twice, but now it seems that the series may not be a reboot at all.

This is according to the creator of the 2004-2009 iteration of Battlestar Galactica, Ronald D. Moore, who spoke with Variety about the series coming back and said that Esmail had reached out to him and hinted that the series would be in the same universe as Moore’s show.

“Sam called me and was very gracious, he didn’t pitch me the story so I don’t know,” Moore said. “But he said his plans and he wasn’t going to re-start the show and recast it but he wanted to do something in the same universe. Sam’s amazing and I love Mr. Robot. I was like, you know, ‘You’re an amazing guy and amazing writer, go with god!’”

Now, before you get really excited about Tricia Helfer donning her iconic red dress again, there’s probably not going to be a lot of connective tissue. For those that have seen Moore’s show, they know that it ends with a stunning revelation that the creation and war with the Cylons is essentially a cyclical event, occurring thousands upon thousands of years from each other. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that every version of Battlestar Galactica was simply another turn on the wheel. Thus, Esmail could easily set his show in “the same universe” while basically changing everything.

Matthew Razak
Matthew Razak is a film critic with more than a decade of experience reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and videogames. He runs the website Flixist.com and will talk your ear off about James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.

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