Battlestar Galactica is getting a reboot and it’s coming soon to Peacock, NBC’s streaming app. There’s reason to get excited for more of this story which is one of the true favorites among the science-fiction crowd. But the reboot is going to be groundbreaking not only for bringing back a story fans have long wanted more of, but because they also have some, well, interesting ideas about how things will roll out. Battlestar Galactica is going to have a release unlike any other show ever.
In an interview with Collider, Battlestar Galactica showrunner Sam Esmail laid out the groundwork for the pacing of the show. He said that it will be released in an unconventional way, different than how many other shows have released in the past. Battlestar Galactica won’t be releasing an episode per week, much like the time-honored traditional way shows hit the screen. So that means they’ll put out the entire season all at once then, right? Wrong.
Instead, Battlestar Galactica is going to pick and choose its spots, sometimes releasing just one episode, sometimes chunking a few together at once. This is a groundbreaking way to think about putting television shows out there. Esmail is used to getting creative, heck just look at Mr. Robot and that is shining through here.
Sam Esmail said the reason for this atypical Battlestar Galactica release schedule is he wants to focus on grouping episodes together that are along similar themes or follow certain characters’ story arcs. That means that we might just get a one-off episode or there might be three-four put out at once if they are all aligned. He went on to say that not all episodes will have the same running time, they’ll vary depending on the story.
The best part about this new way of thinking was that it came about in response to how the reboot was created. In the beginning, Esmail said their plans for Battlestar Galactica were to just make a great show first and worry about cutting it up later. It’s one thing to think like this and it’s another to have the freedom to actually pull it off. But that seems to be the relationship the show’s creatives have with Peacock.
As of right now, there’s no definitive timeline on the Battlestar Galactica reboot. Filming hasn’t even started yet and isn’t likely to even get much of anywhere until the end of 2021. It’s still firmly in pre-production with casting decisions hanging out there. But apparently, the pilot has been written and a number of different ideas are being put into place for the show. That much is obvious considering this news about how they are planning to roll things out when it’s finally completed.
When it does finally hit we will have been about a decade removed from this Battlestar Galactica universe. Caprice and Blood & Chrome went off in 2010 and 2012 respectively with the 2004 series ending its final season in 2009. This next iteration will have a lot of eyeballs on it even if the way it’s released is totally unconventional.