TV Diary

Sometimes remakes are a cheap imitation of the original. Not so with “Battlestar Galactica,” which airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on BBC America. This is the two-part miniseries that started the 2004-09 series featuring Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber and Katee Sackhoff. This show lasted four years longer than the original 1978 series that starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict.

I love the original. It’s one of my favorite shows – ever. I can quote dialogue from every episode I’ve seen a hundred times on Hulu.com.

Sometimes the remake finds an audience the original show could not, especially with outer-space shows. “Star Trek: The Next Generation” enjoyed a seven-year run, while the original “Star Trek” series was on about half that time frame.

I don’t know if it’s the special effects, better scripts, better character chemistry (Starbuck is a woman in the second “Battlestar Galactica” series) or maybe just a better time slot. Sometimes the second go-round is better.

What do you remember about the original “Battlestar Galactica”?

1. Capt. Apollo married which character?

2. What act of treason did Baltar commit?

3. Who provided the opening-credit voiceover?

Answers: 1. Serena. 2. He set up a false armistice between the humans and the Cylons so the Cylons could destroy the 12 planets in their solar system, causing the surviving humans to set sail into space. 3. Patrick Macnee.


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