Fear of Change
Galacticia fans were a small, but diehard legion that kept hope alive that one sweet day, the gods of television would see the errors of their ways, and put BSG back on the air...and not more shit like Galactica: 1980. After that dogshit series failed, the property went into hibernation. While you could still catch BSG repeating on the old Sci-Fi Channel, the series began to look more and more cheesy as time went on, especially when Space: Above and Beyond hit the airwaves in 1995. Fans of the old series were relieved when Bryan Singer decided to continue to the original Larson concept, much to the rejoice of the series fans. But that project died, and once again, fans were left with nothing. When Moore and Eick got the green-light, there were waves of concern among the community of old-school BSG fans due to the amount of changes that were undertaken and with the ties that RDM had with Trek. Starbuck being a woman created a major stir, along with the hard-edge, more realistic tone. I can remember rumors of Cylons being built by humans, and there would be no more laser blasters and somehow BLADE RUNNER was going to be added to the mix. It was also worrisome to fans that Moore and Eick had been quoted as saying that they were going to strip away the 1970's and Star Wars veneer.
Tapping into American History...
Rewatching the 2003 miniseries, and being a history major, you notice that Moore and Eick tapped into certain events in American history that allow for those in-tune to see the connection. For those not in-tune, that is still a power image of nuclear mushroom clouds, people running away from the danger, the president being sworn in on a plane, leaving people behind. For me, the miniseries brought up feelings of September 11th, and made the situation with the colonies more realistic and current that an event that happened 150,000 years ago. This was one of the beauties of the miniseries, raw emotional punch that so lacking from the Saga of a Star World.
Watching Both Miniseries Today