Now I'm not a big fan of TV sci-fi and had it not been the brilliance of Firefly/Serenity I might have given Battlestar Galactica a miss . I do, kinda, have fond memories of the original 70's series though so maybe that helped prompt me (along with a number of friends reccommending it) to actually pick it up and watch it.
Generally speaking I did enjoy the series. There were bits which really wound me up (basically how some of the characters handled, or reacted, to things) and I am not a fan of showing flash clips of the upcoming episode just after the opening credits as that destroys some of the surprise when you've seen a clip of x hitting y (for example).
The characters are interesting (even if they do wind me up at points) and the basic premise of the show (which is the same as the original series) is good. This new Battlestar Galactica is vastly different from the original though. It's a lot darker and grittier and having a model of Cyclons that looks like humans certainly throws an extra level of paranoia and suspense into the mix.
I like Dr Gaius Baltar (James Callis - who I can't believe is only one year older than me!) but he is also one of the characters that irritates me the most. How no one else in the fleet has actually taken any action regarding his state of mental health is beyond me for someone with so much authority and influence! Apollo, Starbuck, Boomer, Commander Adama and President Roslin are all enjoyable but I have serious reservations about the roles of Colonel Saul Tigh and Ellen Tigh (who irritates the hell out of me).
Overall I found the first season interesting, but with its faults, and will no doubt pick up Season 2 when it come sout to see how it continues (and also to discover what happens after the end of Season One which finished on a major cliffhanger!). Apparently the Sci-Fi channel has just commissioned a spin-off series from the show too. I guess it's doing fairly well for itself. Overall: 6.5/10.