Sunday, February 05, 2006

Battlestar Galactica (TV Show)

By Jamie

This is the number one TV show of 2005. (according to As a fan
of the original series (1978-1979) I was sceptical of the success of this new (and radically improved) series.

A quick description of the shows pilot episode (in mini-series format): The Cylons (former robot slaves of man) declare war on humanity (which lives far away on 12 planets). They wipe out billions in an unprovoked nuclear first strike. The Colonial fleet is all but eliminated leaving just a handful of ships including the soon to be decommissioned Battlestar Galactica (soon to be a museum). Galactica is crewed by the misfits of the military and a crew that never expected to be involved in real duty. The government is all but eliminated except for Laura Roslin, the Education Minister becomes the President of the 12 Colonies. The Cylons improve on their maker’s designs and now look like their creators. They infiltrate the human colonies and military placing sleeper units with the survivors. The real twist is that some of the human Cylons believe they are fighting a holy war that is being directed by God. The survivors follow Commander Adama's lead to find the remaining 13th colony of Man, which is Earth (same conceit as the last series only this time it was a ruse to give the survivors hope but turns out to have some truth in it).

The religious story line reflects the worldly problems of today.

The twist of gender roles for the main characters has added spice to the old shoot'em-up television show. The introduction of a better plot line reflects on the world today. The show has religious fundamentalists, sleeper cells, civil-liberty crackdowns, political swashbuckling, so it is inline with today's attention challenged viewers.

The writing and performances are top notch and the introduction of more flesh on screen (still within TV censor limits of course) has set the bar even higher for worldly-desire-satisfaction fans who enjoy peeks at steamy ual encounters with the show's characters.

This is a show for today's youth who want to escape reality but still be able to relate with the more complicated plot. There is plenty of action to keep one's attention span. The first season ends with the overused cliff-hanger to make sure the viewers tune in next season.

The timing of this show follows in the wake of the multiple Star Trek series which fills the vacuum that those series left behind. The difference between this series and its predecessor is that the Cylons (the bad guys) are 'badder' and they now look like us as opposed to oversize toasters with hockey equipment for protection.

I give it two up.


Blogger blair said...

I started watching this series thinking that on the DVD there was only one or two episodes to discover that there was a whole season! Needless to say, those Cursed DVD Box sets.

Do you miss the camp from the earlier show? Sci fi that takes itself seriously, is it really sci fi?

10:33 p.m., March 12, 2006  

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