It wasn't what I expected, and as Mrs Stewart would say 'that's a good thing.' It was not campy, it was not a sequel, and had none of the original players but it did show homage to the first series in a way. The good ship Galactica has been put on display as a touring museum of sorts. A tour guide is over heard saying the ship was a relic of the first Cylon war and had rudimentary technology even though more advanced tech was available when it was built. In his words, 'it has a computer that barely deserves the title'. The are several old vipers on display but after the battle gets under way they can't launch them easily because the nearest launch bay has been turned into a gift shop. Oh, it still has a crew of the colonial fleet and a small modern viper force, and its still commanded by Commander Adama, though he's harder, darker and more flawed than Lorne Greene's version of him. Apollo is there too but it his callsign not his name, his real name is Lee Adama. Starbuck is there too but its HER callsign not HER name. Yeah Starbuck is a woman, how about that? The events of the series start as the the battlestar is on the eve of its decommissioning. It was for the twelve colonies what 9/11 would have been for the US, if Al Qaida had high tech, A sneak attack with nukes , no less. I like that this new miniseries showed why the battlestar was on the run in the first place. I don't think they showed that on the original series. I won't give anymore away. Sci fi channel showed it twice last night and it watched it both times. I look forward to tonight's installment.
Oh yeah, one more thing, unlike the Cylons of yore, the new Cylons are really, really sneaky and really, really good shots.