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Battlestar Galactica Season One

Just finished watching the first season of the new Battlestar Galactica series (Yes I know I am behind the times!).

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.


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Jul. 30th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
Baltar's rampant craziness (and everyone's obliviousness to it) was one thing that drove me so crazy I stopped watching. The other is the completely ridiculous angstiness over things that simply should not be an issue if we're talking about the survival of the last of the human race. Early in the series when the "lost" ship of their convoy somehow catches up with them only to lock on with nukes (or whatever the specifics were), when those trained fighter pilots have to go out and blow it up (when there are no signs that there are any people on board or anything!) there simply should not have been the level of tortured angst about doing so.

I am the biggest soft-hearted sap in the world but all that angsty stuff was just too much for me to buy into.

Chris continued to watch the show, and in general I enjoyed the occasional episode I watched with him, but I was always lukewarm enough on the show because of those few things that bugged me that I never opted to watch it on my own and I never did see most of the second half of the season.
Jul. 30th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Baltar Craziness is part of the Battlestar Galactica Drinking Game, along with "they look like us now".
Jul. 30th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
What is the picture that appears diguised as a white box with a red X in the top corner?
Jul. 30th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
That would be a promotional poster for the series showing Apollo and Starbuck. Try right clicking on it with your mouse and choosing 'view picture'. Hopefully that will bring the piccy up for you!
Jul. 30th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
you need to do Stargate Season 1 I'd like to see what you make of it.
Jul. 30th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Stargate is on the 'To Do' list but I think Deadwood Season 1 and Carnivale are next on the list.

May do Stargate S1 after that.
Jul. 30th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
bridiep and I rented the first season, but weren't impressed enough to want to rent the second season.
Jul. 31st, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
Can I get you to cross-post to ultimatereviews please!
Aug. 1st, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
But if you watch it as an alllegory for the current state of the government and military in the US. It becomes far more interesting.

After a major atrocity in their homeland they are fighting a war and yet retaining the moral high ground, in spite of the hidden influences speaking to their leaders top advisors (Baltar) and in the face of dirty tricks from the opposition.

It becomes even more clear in the second season when.... Well, I'll let you watch and find out.

The political right would argue it's just another piece of leftist propaganda propagated by a liberal media of course.
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