Chal, Yes, aaron's post was pretty angry, but it wasn't even in the same ballpark as Lang's. If Lang's reply has been simple insulting & name-calling like Aaron's, it wouldn't have been deleted. Instead, it was peppered with comments about AIDS, sexual orientation, obscene insinuations about people's family members and just some really sick stuff in general....and it takes a lot to make me say that.
That's him. He joined & made 1 post, which was a slanderous diatribe against Aaron Douglas that contained some really offensive language, so he got banned immidiately. Oh, and then we all got accused of being Universal executives on his site ;D
Reading the past posts by this guy at various boards, I don't think its possible to win a battle of wits with an unarmed person.
That was a joke, but in all seriousness, an observation from having therapists in the family is that this Langy guy honestly must be literally unbalanced in some way; at the very least its a type of obsessive fixation not grounded in any type of reality; at worst, he's truly delusional & possibly dangerous, at least to himself, with all the anger that flows from his posts...you can literally hear the tension in his voice.
Repetition of key phrases, a certain aggressive writing style, a narciccistic attitude, and the need to vent endlessly about unfounded conspiracies are not signs of metal wellness...this guy honestly needs professional help, not more TV.
Secondly....as to your question; its hard to say. I honestly do not know what makes the hardcore TOS fans treat BSG like its some kind of unalterable masterwork (and wittingly or unwittingly, thats what some of them do). I mean, I grew up in the 70's, I loved the show, too...but its not Dune...heck, its not even Star Trek. It did have an interesting premise with a lot of potential; thats the only reason I can really think of why it is treated with more fan reverence than, say, Buck Rogers.
Part of what I don't understand & can't get on board with as far as the continuation campaign goes is the insistance of most of these hardcore fans on using the original cast. I would like to see them pick up where the story left off as much as the next guy (though admittedly not as much as some), but why, oh why would you not want the best actors & talent possible to be cast, rather than somewhat obscure TV stars from a quarter-century ago who, though they may be nice folk & compotent actors, are not exactly dramatic, or even cinematic, heavyweights.
This, I believe, is one of the main factors that kept any of the fan-led revival efforts from really being taken seriously in any executive's eyes. Even in the big Variety ad they took out, the phrase "with the original cast" is right there in bold print. I know any producer I've ever met or worked with would have stopped reading then & there. No one in the industry would ever make that kind of casting leap of faith (that's an extremely kind euphamism I chose there, too). Heck, even the Star-Trek revival wouldn't happen in todays Hollywood market. Names sell...especially when foreign money enters the equation (then they are the ONLY things that sell). Sad but true.
I also don't know for sure, but just to play dimestore psychologist for a moment, I think that the reverence and insistence upon the return of the original cast is indicative of the hardcore TOS fans looking at things through somewhat rose-colored glasses. Its not really a continuation they want, or for Glen Larson's blessing, or for Starbuck to be a man....its that they just want that feeling back that they associate with the original show; be it because of fond childhood memories, or shared experiences with friends, or for whatever reason.
This is why, no matter how a re-make, re-imagining, or continuation was done, it would never please all the fans...or probably even most of them. The very fact that the source material itself is so...well, lets just say underdeveloped, at best, is a sign that the integrity of the show itself is not whats really important; everyone of the fans just wants Galactica back in their own special way...and the most obvious way is just to put all the pieces back together just as they were originally.
Unfortunately, the old series as a whole was greater than simply the sum of its parts....hence the best course of action, IMHO, was to simply start fresh from square one, just as RDM and company have done, and try to capture the potential of what the core idea of Galactica was, and what it could have been, had the circumstances been more in its favor. I think they've succeeded admirably; others feel differently & always will no matter what happens.
You have to admit, though, whatever the case, we've gotten 2 fine TV shows and a lot of interesting reading material out of the equation!