The big fear among the Battlestar faithful was that the update wouldn't live up, or remain faithful to the original.
The idea of Dirk Benedict's uber charismatic rogue, Starbuck, undergoing a gender reversal sent shockwaves of horror throughout on-line forums and the general feeling was one of dread concerning the re-make of the kitsch sci-fi classic.
If ever there were any doubts however, a cast of unbelievable gravitas (Edward James Olmos, Katee Sackoff etc.) and a rivetting plot and effects budget puts them safely to bed.
The new Battlestar covers all bases with drama, action, politics, conspiracy and a myriad of others wrapped neatly into various overlapping plot threads that make for one of the most compelling tv series to come of recent times.
Analogous with contemporary issues, it smacks of the ingredients that made the original great, while improving to enthrall the modern audience.
This is no mere soap opera in space, rather a broad sweeping political thriller with enough dog fights, Cylon shoot outs and essential militaria to sate the action predilection.
The concept is fleshed with a plot that outshines the original in terms of execution and detail and a cast that bring the sort of grit and realism often so lacking from this particular genre.
The characters are no mere automatons along for the ride, but real people with genuinely affecting issues that accenuate an already gripping dilemma. It of course helps that they play their parts exceptionally.
In short, superb! a must see, and a landmark in redefining a genre.
The bar has just been raised