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question of the day: What should Syfy do with its new ‘Battlestar Galactica’ spinoff?

Sweet Aphrodite, there’s more science fiction from the colonials heading our way from Syfy:

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mark Stern, Syfy’s vice-president of development, is eager to build upon Battlestar’s enduring popularity. Although talks are only in the initial stages, Stern is confident he and Battlestar executive producer Ron Moore can come up with an idea that would return to the show’s “space opera roots.”

“That world is so rich,” Stern told the Reporter. “We’re sitting down with Ron Moore and his team. It would not necessarily be a traditional series.”

It sounds like the possibilities are wide open. What should Syfy do with its new Battlestar Galactica spinoff? Are there stories left untold from BSG that need telling? Maybe a family saga of the first few generations to live on Earth 150,000 years ago? Or does Stern’s comment about something that’s not a tradition series mean we could see a nightly edition of The Baxter Sarno Show or a regular news report from Caprica City? Or maybe even a sitcom or drama “imported” from the colonies? That would be very interesting, and a fascinating and subtle way to explore how colonial culture is both similar to and different from our own.

Your turn…

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