Apple Orders a Space Drama Show From the 'Battlestar Galactica' Creator

Friday, 15 December 2017 - 6:43PM
Battlestar Galactica
Friday, 15 December 2017 - 6:43PM
Apple Orders a Space Drama Show From the 'Battlestar Galactica' Creator
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Alternate history television shows are in vogue at the moment.

While The Man in the High Castle envisions a world in which the Nazis won World War II, Apple is busy recruiting a notable sci-fi television producer to create another show about a world set in a parallel universe to our own (shortly after pursuing the also-vogue anthology format with an Amazing Stories reboot)

Ronald D. Moore, the notable sci-fi producer in question, is responsible for a lot of shows that people love. He helmed the big budget remake of Battlestar Galactica, taking an older television show that merely existed as a small-screen Star Wars knock-off, and turning it into a complex drama that explored themes of humanity, life, love, and emotion.

Moore also did work for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, and more recently, he's been involved with the time travel romance series Outlander.



Now, according to Deadline, Apple is giving Moore the opportunity to create a show about an alternate history in which the Space Race never ended, which will see America and Russia still in desperate pursuit of increasing their technological prowess by traveling the solar system, sticking flags in anything that can stay still long enough to be tagged.

It's an interesting premise, not least because plenty of audience members will no-doubt find themselves wishing that this version of history were real. While The Man in the High Castle exists based on the idea that, somewhere out in the multiverse, there are worse timelines than our own, the Space Race is one battlefront that probably would have led to some very interesting technological developments had it continued beyond a few trips to the moon.

It's possible that the proliferation of these alternate history shows (The Man in the High Castle is now fully embracing interdimensional travel) is caused by a general dissatisfaction with modern governments and society. It would be logical if, in response to a less cut-and-dry political climate, audiences somehow yearn for a simpler time of right and wrong - or else, a hope that somewhere in a parallel Earth, history went differently, and people aren't facing the same modern struggles.

The idea of a show set in a technologically advanced modern world which embraced space travel does sound like a lot of fun. Shows like The Expanse have given us a similar look at a more realistic portrayal of what life might be like among the stars than we get from Star Trek, but it'll be nice to see a show that presents the modern world in which we now live, with the mere introduction of space adventure added in to see how things might change.

Given the way that Elon Musk talks, we're probably not a million years away from this being the reality anyway. It could be that, over the course of this new show's runtime, it ends up finding itself become obsolete, as space tourism makes the show's premise look unremarkable.

We can only hope that space travel will become affordable and widely available soon. In the meantime, shows like Apple's new TV project will provide us with the next best thing. More info on the show will likely be coming soon, assuming it moves forward as planned.
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Apple Orders a Space Drama Show From the 'Battlestar Galactica' Creator
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