Originally Posted by horatio
I think there were strong personal commitments in the show, e.g. between Tigh and Adama or in the resistance movement against the Cylon occupation.
Indeed. And that was just a tiny fraction of such things in the show. (Although, some fans would balk at the rather "terrorist" ways in which the Colonial Warriors resisted the Cylons on New Caprica...suicide bombings and such).
But the new series had just as much hope and family as the original series did....it's just that the original series did it all in one short season.
In the miniseries, one of the scenes that moved me was the reunion of Boomer and Tyrol, and Apollo and Adama, and Starbuck seeing Apollo alive. The music that accompanied that sequence was perfect!