I read these forums a lot, and though I don’t often post due to I just don’t have the time to respond to most things, I wanted to put forth this dissertation in hopes of shedding some light on the new vs old discussion, and the fact that I have seen quite a bit of resistance to the GINO moniker.
To show why GINO (Galactica In Name Only) not only has stuck, but is here to stay. I have compiled a list of differences between the shows, and would challenge anyone to come up with an equal list of similarities.
Before I begin, I will admit I am partial to the old show, though I do enjoy the new show as well. I just don’t see how they are related. In any case, I begin:
Lets Start with the Galactica herself:
Galactica is a 500 year old pride of the fleet commanded by a high ranking member of the colonies, including a sitting council member. Ship travels by Hyperspeed and has laser cannons and missiles. Can take on a cylon basetar alone.
Galactica is a 100 year old relic ready to be mothballed into a museum. Commanded by a second rate captain who is ready to retire. Ship travels by FTL Jump, has guns and missiles. Can’t handle a few cylon raiders without massive damage.
Goofy hair cuts, capes and gold trim everywhere. Portrayed as ‘Good guys”
Jarheads in Space. Portrayed as deeply flawed individuals who don’t know right from wrong.
Alien created war machine gone awry, at war with humans for 1000 years due to the humans helping a neighboring species that is about to be exterminated.
Silver tin can machines that fire Laser Rifles
Pissed off Robo-butlers seeking revenge. They shoot machine guns and nukes at people.
“Human” cylons who found “god”
Fleeing cylon tyranny after loosing a major battle that cost the colonials their homeworld, the Colonials search space for Earth in hopes that they can get some support against the cylons. The colonials are caught in an eonnic war for their very existence. Colonials = Good : Cylons = Bad
Idiotic humans allow their ex-butlers to completely surprise attack them, nearly wiping them out. By some quirk of luck they managed to get one old wreck of a ship back into duty. They are caught in an ideological religious war. Colonials = ?? : Cylons = ??
And finally the setting:
Not one stinking alien.