Then the producer of the new show, Sam Esmail tweeted. You might know him. He created Mr. Robot.
Anyway, he tweeted, "BSG fans, this will NOT be a remake of the amazing series @RonDMoore launched because... why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!"
At first, I read this as somehow being a third iteration of the broader concept that wouldn't touch on Ronald D. Moore's version. After all, the press articles kept saying "reboot," so why wouldn't I think that? But ... "a new story within the mythology" ... within the broader mythology/concept of the shows or within the specific mythology established by Moore's version? Since the tweet, most people have settled on the latter interpretation.
Well, this had a surprising effect on me. My mind spiraled; I contemplated putting Colonies of Kobol on the back burner; I felt like I had wasted so much godsdamned time ... because if they're adding to the canon of BSG, I would have to incorporate it.
I made a mental list of possibilities, assuming that new-new BSG is, indeed, set in the RDM universe (as my books are). I categorized the possibilities according to A) how likely they were and B) how much impact they would have on my writing, both what I have finished and what I have not.
Here we go:
I. New-new BSG is all about the Lords of Kobol. This is the one that would cause me to throw my hands in the air and walk away. So much is predicated on my first four books (get them here for free) that there would be no way to recover, no way to incorporate the new canon, and have it all make sense. HOWEVER, I feel that the likelihood of this is very, very low. One reason: if the show is called Battlestar Galactica, being on stuck on a planet, even if it's Kobol, doesn't make much sense. (Unless we're supposed to believe that Pythia's cycle is so ridiculously literal that Kobollians had a battlestar named Galactica, too. Well, I hope not.)
II. New-new BSG is set right after the Colonials settle on Earth II. Maybe Cylons commandeered Galactica and the rag-tag fleet before Sam could fly them into the sun! Now Adama, Tigh, and the gang have to get into space to stop the Cylons ... Nah. It would undo too much of the finale. Not very likely, and even if they didn't do that specific plot for the series, setting a show named Battlestar Galactica on Earth as people try to learn how to farm doesn't strike me as thrilling. Still, if they found a way to do it, it would have a substantial impact on my conclusion to Colonies of Kobol.
III. New-new BSG is set in our own future. Maybe we jump ahead several decades or so, see Earth II Cylons, and we have our own battlestar named Galactica. (Again, a bit too literal reading of "all of this will happen again," but maybe.) Likelihood? I'm going to say somewhat likely. I can see it happening, though I feel it would undermine the finale as well ("Does all of this have to happen again?" "This time, I bet no."). Impact on my writing? Substantial. It would necessitate a complete rethinking of the ending I have in mind for the entire saga; not just the Earth II book, but Colonies of Kobol and Lords of Kobol, too. That would ... not be good.
IV. New-new BSG is set during the First Cylon War. Ronald D. Moore once said he felt that another spinoff show could be sustained if it were set during the Cylon War and lived with the crew of the Galactica at various points during that twelve-year-long conflict. We ended up with the (in my opinion, mediocre) one-off, Blood & Chrome. I think it's very likely that Esmail sees the rich narrative possibilities in this ... plenty of built-in action, plus great stories to tell with two thousand people cooped up on a ship at a time of war. So, if I had to put money on it, this is what I would bet on. How will it impact my writing? Well, it's hard to say at this point. Right now, I'm wrapping up work on Book Thirteen: Caprica which includes the beginning of the Cylon War, the founding of the unified federal government of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol, the launch of Galactica, etc. If the new show is comprehensive and includes some of that foundational material, then I'll have to chuck a couple hundred pages of stuff that I've written (of which I'm rather fond). If the new show picks up in medias res ("in the middle of things"), then I might not have to worry. If the series is laser-focused on the ship/crew/war, maybe I can keep some of it intact. The impact is potentially substantial (but localized to one or two parts of CoK) and also potentially minimal.
CONCLUSION: to quote Douglas Adams, don't panic. I can't do anything about it (unless they want to hire me as a writer for the show, in which case, email me, Sam). I just have to wait for more news and for the series itself. In the meantime, I'll keep writing Colonies of Kobol and I'll make whatever changes I have to when the time comes.
(To be clear, I want the show to be good and I want it to be successful. And to those of you who may be saying, "Screw new-new BSG! Write your thing and ignore it!" I can't do that. I can't ignore substantive canon of the show just because it inconveniences me [looking at you again, Blood & Chrome]. Thank you for your confidence in me, but I'd rather try to find a way to make it all work.)
Now, as a treat for my readers who have been so supportive, here's a fun chapter from Colonies of Kobol - Book Thirteen: Caprica. I hope you like it.
That is all. More to come.