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 Post subject: "Battlestar Galactica" (2004)
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:38 pm 
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Think I've read on this forum that is is a winner, it's playing on our Local SciFi channel but I was giving it a pass because of the earlier show with Whoopie so now it's near the end where the gal chases after a Cylon ship she can only sees.

MY question is, is it worth buying if I can buy it cheap?


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Before I proceed, I'll just add a quick comment for those slating the series without seeing it: please, stop it. Instead, wait and see what the new show is about and give it a chance. Unless of course, you want to miss one of the best dramas currently airing...

BSG is a very human story. Yet unlike Star Trek, they're not resolved by the end of the episode. Here the characters are real people who make mistakes, grow and learn from their errors. Or maybe they don't...

The point is that in the new BSG, the impact of the loss of the Colonies is something everybody must deal with, be it on a resource-management level to dealing with the loss of their families. The impact of the Cylon attack - never explored in the original series - is a major emphasis in the show and the viewer genuinely does get the feeling of the "rag tag fleet."

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the original series as much as anybody, but it was a product of its time and audience-slot. The new BSG is a much more adult production, both in terms of the writing and performances and the intended audience.

Additionally, the show is very non-sci-fi, but in a good way. Whenever any "science" turns up, it's integrated in such a way as to have minimal impact on the plot and, unlike Star Trek, it isn't used as a Deus Ex Machina to simply resolve the "crisis of the week." In fact, I'd go as far as to say the show is closer to 24 or The West Wing than it is Star Trek or Babylon 5, with the focus being much more on the people and their individual actions, rather than a wide-scale "space opera."

Performances are all strong, with James Callis being the real star. His tortured performance as the guilt-stricken Baltar are a joy to watch as he flips from near-hysterical lunatic to scheming toad to smooth womaniser. Olmos has the presence to give Adama the air of authority required. Sackhoff's performance as Starbuck is "subtly obvious" - she plays the brash, cocky pilot a little too well, something that's explained in later episodes. And Bamber's Apollo is a mix of heroic action and self-doubt which balances well. Mention must also go to McDonnell's President Roslin who, over the course of the series, has grown in stature and presence in a very subtle manner.

Quite simply, Battlestar Galactica is one of the most consistently strong shows I've ever seen. Considering this is only the first of (hopefully) many seasons, it's amazing to see how the show has "hit the ground running," with each episode being an improvement on the last. And considering the high standard of the first one, that's quite the achievement.

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I felt they dragged it out a little too long at the end but overall the series was a good one. I intend to watch all the episodes again when the final season is released to DVD.

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Buy it! This is one of the best shows period (not just sci-fi) I've watched.


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I enjoyed it. Would recommend watching it.

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Seen it vaguely... but I've heard people talking about cutting their arms of for it, they thought it was that good.

This is the series we're talking about yeah?

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fronswa wrote:
Seen it vaguely... but I've heard people talking about cutting their arms of for it, they thought it was that good.

This is the series we're talking about yeah?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIfuaUTH9Y4


No, this is actually the series we were talking about.

Your link was to the theme of the "A-Team"----lol.

By the way, the A-Team show left a lasting impression here in the US. There is a commercial currently running for Honda that is a takeoff of the A-Team show theme.

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chijohnaok wrote:
No, this is actually the series we were talking about.

Your link was to the theme of the "A-Team"----lol.

By the way, the A-Team show left a lasting impression here in the US. There is a commercial currently running for Honda that is a takeoff of the A-Team show theme.


aaayeee! Chij... that's what I'm taking about too.

The reason I put the A-Team in there was because of the obvious link to the Cylons.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckChfhFlOTE&feature=fvst

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fronswa wrote:
chijohnaok wrote:
No, this is actually the series we were talking about.

Your link was to the theme of the "A-Team"----lol.

By the way, the A-Team show left a lasting impression here in the US. There is a commercial currently running for Honda that is a takeoff of the A-Team show theme.


aaayeee! Chij... that's what I'm taking about too.

The reason I put the A-Team in there was because of the obvious link to the Cylons.

"Do you realise who I am?"

"Does fronswa LOOK LIKE A BITCH?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckChfhFlOTE&feature=fvst

Ignore my temperament... my blood pressure is running high... 8-)



WHAT?
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I forgot about the Cylon walking by in that clip. Good call there.

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Got the complete set.

Been impressed by it's grittiness(?), especially in the '33' episode, the old guys looked like old guys with several days of beard growth, not like old guys with designer beards/cuts.

Am a fan of Olmos, like his acting plus he ain't no 'teen idol'.

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