I would think that the whole reason for making a new Battlestar Galactica project would be because there are still so many fans of the original, but if that's the case, why throw out virtually everything that the fans loved about the show? Why didn't the producers of this miniseries just make a completely new show with a similar theme? Why did they have to take a beloved show (even if it was campy) and thumb their noses at the fans? I find it offensive that for years, Richard Hatch tried to stir up interest in a Battlestar Galactica revival and he was basically told by the copyright holders to get lost. Fans loved what he did with his trailer (I haven't seen it myself) and were eager to see the original story continued. When it was decided that a new miniseries would be made, Hatch and the wishes of the fans were completely ignored so that Moore could make the show the way HE wanted. I expected that the special effects and writing would be updated to please audiences of today, but that didn't require that they completely trash the original's story. This miniseries could still have been a continuation of the original, but with a more serious tone.
As for the miniseries itself, while it was well made, it was much too slow. Almost an hour passes before anything actually happens. Many subplots are thrown in that have no real bearing on the story. I'm not one of those people who has to have an action scene every few minutes, but in a miniseries about a war between humans and cylons, you'd think that there would be some scenes of the war. In the space of the four hours, the colonies are wiped out (mostly offscreen), the Galactica re-supplies at a space station, hooks up with some survivors and jumps out of the war zone to make a run for it. All this should have happened in the first part, leaving time for some truly epic space battles in the conclusion. Instead, individual character plots are dragged out to soap opera length, and long stretches of time pass without anything of note happening. It's as if the writer wrote the script for a two hour movie and when informed that it would be a four hour miniseries, he decided to pad the existing plot rather than add more story.
The special effects are well done, but the shaky camera work never lets you get a good look at most of them. The space battles are mostly shot in closeup and with the scene switching so often that you can't follow what's happening.
As for the characters, they're about average for a TV movie. Almost every one has some secret or character flaw, making this seem even more like a soap opera. Starbuck in particular is a first class jerk. The original Starbuck was a likable character, this one is not. I found myself hating the scenes she was in, not because the character is different from the original, but because I couldn't help wondering what incredibly stupid thing she was going to do next.
I also have to mention the ideas ripped off from other sources. The whole "Who is human and who isn't?" idea has been used numerous times before from Invasion of the Body Snatchers to The Terminator. It's a cliche that has gotten old. Then there's the subplot about Number 6 having put a chip in Baltar's brain so that she can continue to monitor him and appear to him, which was lifted directly out of Farscape. I didn't like it there and I don't like it here. Finally, there's the twist in the last few seconds that reveals that a major character isn't what they appear to be, ending the show on even more of a cliffhanger.
Supposedly, the makers of this miniseries hope it will lead to a new weekly series. I doubt that will happen, or if it does, that the series will last much longer than the original. I predict that this miniseries will go the way of the Lost in Space movie: In a few years, it will be forgotten while the original will still be popular. The truly sad part is that now that we have this version, there is virtually no chance that a real continuation of Battlestar Galactica will be made.