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Tom Kalbfus
September 3rd, 2009, 08:04 AM
With the completion of the new Battlestar Galactica Series, it comes to my attention that the creators of the original series of that name also did the 1970s tv show, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Now what if Ron Moore decided to do the same thing for that TV show as he did for Battlestar Galactica. What would a reimagined Buck Rogers be like?

1) How do we get Buck Rogers into the 25th century, we know how it happened in the 1970s tv show, what do we change here, I think the space shuttle is out?

2) Do we keep the interstellar milieu, or does it become an interplanetary adventure within our Solar System?

Seems to me, not a lot of aliens were invoked in the New Battlestar Galactica series, it was essentially a human drama with occasional interludes of Cylon attacks. I'd say put the bad guys on Mars, and make it a human drama between various factions that want to control the Solar System. Without aliens, you don't really need the stargates which were the FTL feature of the 1970s tv show.

Daddy Darth
September 3rd, 2009, 08:32 AM
I would love to see new Buck Rogers - I was a nut for that show. Was the little robot dude Twinkie?

kater
September 3rd, 2009, 09:56 AM
Twiki :)
A new comic book version showed up recently, I wonder if they're related? If so - lots of aliens for you Tom.

Tom Kalbfus
September 3rd, 2009, 10:26 AM
Twiki :)
A new comic book version showed up recently, I wonder if they're related? If so - lots of aliens for you Tom.
Actually the Stargate idea might not be so bad, but actually explain them, in the original series they were just there, perhaps we need a little more scientific rigor in explaining their presence. Stargates are basically just artificial wormholes for example, because these wormholes are essentially just modified black holes, that is a very good reason for not having them on planets.

Who build the stargates?
Possibly an ancient race of Martians perhaps.
The physics of wormholes also indicate they could be used as time machines, so instead of freezing Buck Rogers, we could have him instead discover one of the stargates orbiting Mars, except that a communications problem prevents him from revealing that information back to Mission Control, all they know is they lost contact with him when he drew near Phobos. The Stargate is actually embedded within Phobos, his spacecraft got too close and was sucked in by an intense gravitational surge, propelling him into the 25th century. Lets say Buck's mission occured around 2020 AD and was part of a multinational crew, his job was to investigate the Moon Phobos while the other astronauts explored the Martian surface, he was lost and presumed dead, though no trace of him or his spacecraft were ever found, until the 25th century that is.

Tom Kalbfus
September 3rd, 2009, 10:34 AM
Twiki :)
A new comic book version showed up recently, I wonder if they're related? If so - lots of aliens for you Tom.
I don't really mind aliens, so long as they're truly alien in appearance and not "Star Trek humanoids". I think the main conflict should be between two groups of humans though, the aliens should either be extremely primitive and possibly raised up through human contact or unimaginably advanced. I think someone like Princess Ardala should be human though rather than a green-skinned or blue-skinned humanoid with ridges on her forehead.

Seegee
September 4th, 2009, 03:10 AM
I would love to see new Buck Rogers - I was a nut for that show. Was the little robot dude Twinkie?
Oh I hated Twiki with a passion, what a waste of Mel Blanc's talent that was. I was always hoping he'd get inadvertently blown to bits.

Daddy Darth
September 4th, 2009, 09:09 AM
So how do you feel about Dr. Theopolis? Was that show on a long time - something tells me no. I caught an episode recently on Space I think. It was so funny. Let me tell you the ladies were sparsely dressed on this one - they were on some kind of planet where there was lots of gambling and they were in a casino. Only saw a few minutes of it but it made me smile.

Tom Kalbfus
September 4th, 2009, 09:46 AM
So how do you feel about Dr. Theopolis? Was that show on a long time - something tells me no. I caught an episode recently on Space I think. It was so funny. Let me tell you the ladies were sparsely dressed on this one - they were on some kind of planet where there was lots of gambling and they were in a casino. Only saw a few minutes of it but it made me smile.

Obviously, Artificial intelligence should be done differently, Why does one take the form of a robot while the other takes the form of a talking medalion that is carried around by that robot? In the days of the 1970s television series there was little distinction between hardware and software. Dr. Theopolis can be thought of more as a virtual human, he's kind of an intelligent agent that works inside of the Internet. Twiki is more in the mold of R2D2, he is hardwired into a specific robot, I think we can dispense with the medalion Twiki carried Dr. Theopolis in, he makes more sense as a free roaming intelligent agent who can down load himself into a ship's computer and many other places.

Daddy Darth
September 4th, 2009, 12:35 PM
Tom - thats a great answer. It never fails to amaze me how thoughtful people are on these boards and their insight into things.

Whitestar
July 3rd, 2010, 01:25 PM
Obviously, Artificial intelligence should be done differently, Why does one take the form of a robot while the other takes the form of a talking medalion that is carried around by that robot? In the days of the 1970s television series there was little distinction between hardware and software. Dr. Theopolis can be thought of more as a virtual human, he's kind of an intelligent agent that works inside of the Internet. Twiki is more in the mold of R2D2, he is hardwired into a specific robot, I think we can dispense with the medalion Twiki carried Dr. Theopolis in, he makes more sense as a free roaming intelligent agent who can down load himself into a ship's computer and many other places.

I agree, Tom. The character of Twinkie with the talking medalion always bothered me because it makes no sense, hence, it should be dropped and be revamp with just Dr. Theopolis in the form of a beautiful exotic woman who actually has organs, flesh, bones and blood, just like the Cylons in neo-Battlestar Galactica. She would be capable of human emotions and possess strong feelings for Buck, providing sexual tension and competition between her and Wilma.