We were starved for sci-fi universes in the immediate post-Star Wars period, so BSG was a welcome addition to that headspace.
Saw the pilot movie on the big screen, during its theatrical release. This was both a good and bad thing.
Good to see a TV pilot on the biggest screen possible, as it promised to bring home this new story with a sense of epic proportions.
Bad in that it was a TV pilot shot with network budget, and unlikely to shine a fraction as much as Lucas' brightest star in this new realm of cinematic display.
So, my feelings for the original is marshalled by that sense of disappointment in the comparative nature of the movie outing (to be fair, we did have a good time and did not mock the flick) and the let-down by the lack of zesty writing in the full series, as well as its repetitive storytelling (how many times can a star pilot get lost on a planet? Apparently lots and lots).
But all in all, having recently rewatched the '78 BSG blu-ray collection this summer and surfed on that nostalgia wave, the memories warmed up on it.
The actors are charming, the stories are Saturday-morning family fare, the effects are still nifty and shiny (very much so on those cylon armors).
Still, I can't bring myself to cross into Galactica 80.
As for the reboot - when it came out, those first few eps blew our collective minds (me and some movie pals).
As you mention Rick, everything about it is top-notch: silent space flght and realistic zoom cam, smart writing and intensely good actors.
Some things made less sense (like the doc and his imaginary girlfriend), but we figured it would pan out as the series went on.
I'm sad to say, though, it lost us shortly after.
Maybe it was the feeling it had to go metaphysical when the gritty materialistic aspects of post-war survival was more attractive as prospective storylines.
Maybe the sense it had to shock and twist to live out the duration of its run got to be a bit much (although, this is almost essential for lots of TV shows, so can't fault it for that).
Maybe after pausing for a while and reading how outlandish it seemed to have become did not make coming back to it a necessity.
I dunno, I feel I could try it out again, but I recall watching it a second time from the start on dvd and feeling wary and drifting away during mid-second season (I think). or maybe it was the third.
It's definitely the kind of show I wanna like.
And I hate the idea of bringing negative vibes to an appreciation of it.
But since the question was posed here, thought I'd give good praise and affection to the inoffensive original series, and a general thumb-up-but-not-for-me to the reboot.
Someday I'd like to finish it, though.