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Battlestar Galactica (Mini-Series)
(2003)
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Composed and Produced by:
Richard Gibbs

Additional Music by:
Bear McCreary
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(March 16th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek the stark origins of the challenging, multi-cultural, and arguably downbeat attitude that has defined the music of the re-imagining of the Battlestar Galactica concept in the 2000's.

Avoid it... if you desire either the smoother flow of the material evolving from Bear McCreary's efforts for the subsequent television series or if you expect to hear anything even remotely resembling the style of Stu Phillips' music for the original series.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #625
WRITTEN 4/2/04, REVISED 6/1/10
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Battlestar Galactica (2003 Television Mini-Series): (Richard Gibbs) When the original Battlestar Galactica show graced television screens for one doomed season in 1978-1979, it was a clear reaction to the biblical space opera concept that had so overwhelmingly impressed audiences in Star Wars the year before. The show was cancelled partly because of its own cheesiness, partly because of high production costs per episode, and partly for half a dozen other various reasons, and die-hard fans of that series hoped for years for a reintroduction of Battlestar Galactica in the same way that Star Trek was similarly resurrected on television. Countless producers, directors, and writers attempted to "re-imagine" the concept, extending to the lobbying of such a second chance by the original show's producers and cast members. Finally, in 2003, the Sci-Fi Channel, with a few impressive films under its belt (including resounding success of their Dune adaptations) took on the challenge of bringing Battlestar Galactica back to life in a three-hour mini-series. Encouraged by what they saw, a regular television series resulted, lasting for four official seasons and including special film events and spin-offs. The mini-series came at the 25th anniversary of the original show and its celebratory, complete release on DVD. When you're dealing with something as cultish as this, however, it's hard to satisfy everybody, and through the tinkering of the show's basic plot, characters, and style by director Michael Rymer and writer Ronald Moore, the re-imagining did unfortunately become a major annoyance for some older, die-hard Battlestar Galactica fans. The primary characters have been completely switched around in gender, ethnicity, and personality, with the male Starbuck character now, for instance, a rebellious female. The direction of the show completely tossed aside the swashbuckling space opera attitude and opted for more of a realistic, downbeat, documentary-style approach. Included in this change was the use of hand-held cameras that swoosh in upon and around characters from all sides and always wiggling about in the fashion that E.R. made so famous in the 1990's. The soundtrack for the 2003 mini-series would be a 180-degree turn from Stu Phillips' original brassy fanfares, with former Oingo Boingo member Richard Gibbs continuing a collaboration with the director that included Queen of the Damned. As with many such productions, Gibbs and his assistants had an insanely short period of time in which to complete the score for over two hours of spotted material in the film. His foremost help came from young composer Bear McCreary, who would eventually take over the subsequent series' scoring duties when Gibbs returned to film scoring.



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VIEWER RATINGS
351 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.93 Stars
***** 57 5 Stars
**** 69 4 Stars
*** 83 3 Stars
** 79 2 Stars
* 63 1 Stars
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Bear McCreary   Expand >>
Mark Greenberg - August 15, 2009, at 3:35 a.m.
4 comments  (2226 views)
Newest: August 17, 2010, at 9:41 a.m. by
SmokeyPSD
Either you love it or hate it   Expand >>
Annika - July 17, 2006, at 3:13 a.m.
2 comments  (1859 views)
Newest: August 16, 2010, at 5:38 a.m. by
Fraley
Cliches   Expand >>
David - June 4, 2006, at 4:48 p.m.
2 comments  (2149 views)
Newest: August 16, 2010, at 6:06 a.m. by
Fraley
Makes the Show!!
Sky Net - May 28, 2006, at 2:21 p.m.
1 comment  (1554 views)
Soundtrack   Expand >>
Godsend - March 2, 2005, at 10:25 p.m.
2 comments  (2709 views)
Newest: October 1, 2006, at 10:20 p.m. by
Joe MacDonald
This score grows on you (even for Stu Phillips fans)   Expand >>
Randal - April 11, 2004, at 7:58 p.m.
2 comments  (2543 views)
Newest: February 9, 2005, at 1:51 a.m. by
Weave
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 68:24
• 1. Are You Alive?/Battlestar Galactica Main Title (5:28)
• 2. Goodbye, Baby (2:24)
• 3. Starbuck Buck Buck (1:49)
• 4. To Kiss or Not to Kiss (2:42)
• 5. Six Sex (1:48)
• 6. Deep Sixed (1:59)
• 7. The Day Comes (1:08)
• 8. Counterattack (2:40)
• 9. Cylons Fire (1:34)
• 10. A Call to Arms (1:03)
• 11. Apollo to the Rescue (1:56)
• 12. Launch Vipers (4:26)
• 13. Seal the Bulkheads (2:10)
• 14. The Lottery Ticket (3:06)
• 15. Eighty-Five Dead (1:23)
• 16. Inbound (1:23)
• 17. Apollo is Gone/Starbuck Returns (2:19)
• 18. The Storm and the Dead (2:40)
• 19. Thousands Left Behind (2:09)
• 20. Silica Pathways (3:32)
• 21. Reunited (1:56)
• 22. The Sense of Six (3:01)
• 23. Starbuck's Recon (1:11)
• 24. Battle (7:40)
• 25. Good Night (2:38)
• 26. By Your Command (1:56)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive information about the score and mini-series by the composer and director. When first opened, however, it unleashed an overwhelmingly bad smell for some unknown reason.
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