Battlestar Galactica Prequel: Continuing the Run or Spoiling the Fun?

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The LA Times reported on Friday that the trailer for the new Battlestar Galactica TV movie has been released. The film is set to air in November.

Entitled Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and directed by Edward James Olmos, the plot details the back story of the popular show, focusing on the storyline of the Cylons prior to their attack on the twelve colonies. Many of the series regulars, such as Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis and Mary McDonnell, will be absent from the presentation because their characters are not involved in the film's plot. Grace Park and Tricia Helfer, however, will be involved in the film.

Battlestar Galactica began its four-season modern run on the SciFi channel in 2003 and ended in March of this year. It has been highly praised by many media outlets, including The New York Times.

But if the show was so satisfying when it ran, do we really need a prequel to further explain things? Or is this just a ploy to rake in more dough for the BSG brand — and perhaps jump the shark at the same time. For sci-fi fans, the peril is obvious: When the Star Wars franchise attempted a prequel, we got stuck with Episodes 1, 2 and 3. And that may have been three movies too much.

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