I read that this series was going to be a 're-imagining' of the Seventies show - one I grew up with and thought was brilliant (series 1 anyway) - but the characters and situations seemed pretty much the same.
The changes are mostly funny rather than damaging - Tom Price now played as a brooding, cool, mysterious anti-hero rather than a pathetic bloke in a trilby - and the addition of the two muslim characters niether adds or subtracts in my view.
Three things I was a bit concerned by.
Firstly Julie Graham as Abby Grant. I think she got the 'natural leader' part off really well, but Carolyn Seymour in the original was just breath-takingly sexy. (And from the recent fan show on BBC Four, still is!) Abby Grant played by that woman off Bonekickers - naw... (Zoe Tapper compensates a bit, but she's no Carolyn Seymour either.)
Secondly, where was the music? This is a classic theme tune; why not bring it back?
Thirdly, the idea of having the people who 'unleashed' the plague as a story arc is a big no no and is reminiscent of where jericho, the US series on a nuclear strike, failed. The story's big enough without a cod mystery bolted on.
As this thread gets prominence at the end of this the first season, I fear for future episodes. The second series of the original show went a bit wrong and I fear this 're-imagining' may do the same for different reasons. After all, the 're-imagined' Battlestar Galactica didn't turn into utter rubbish until the very end of Season Three.....
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