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With remarkably consistent quality, each of these 13 episodes deepens the dynamics of these fascinating characters and suspenseful situations. While BG relies on finely nuanced performances, solid direction, and satisfying personal and political drama to build its strong emotional foundation, the action/adventure elements are equally impressive, especially in "The Hand of God," a pivotal episode in which the show's dazzling visual effects get a particularly impressive showcase. Original BG series star Richard Hatch appears in two politically charged episodes (he's a better actor now, too), and with the threat of civil war among the fleet, season 1 ends with an exceptional cliffhanger that's totally unexpected while connecting the plot threads of all preceding episodes. To the credit of everyone involved, this is frackin' good television.
The fifth disc in Battlestar Galactica's season 1 set is highlighted by eight comprehensive featurettes covering all aspects of the series, from its miniseries origins to standard surveys of production design, visual effects, and particulars of plot and character. For hardcore fans and anyone interested in TV production, nine out of 13 episodes, plus the disc 1 miniseries, are accompanied by intelligent and informative commentary originally provided as BG website podcasts, mostly by series developer and writer Ronald D. Moore, who provides tantalizing clues about developments in season 2. The "Series Lowdown" is a cast-and-crew promotional program originally broadcast to attract SciFi Channel viewers who were initially reluctant to embrace a "reimagined" Battlestar Galactica. The strategy worked: First-season ratings left no doubt that the new BG was as good as--and in many ways better than--the original. --Jeff Shannon
I'm going through withdrawals from not being able to watch this series. This is incredible.Published 1 day ago by mark
I actually love, love, love the series. What I find infuriating is the utterly asinine increase in the per season price imposed by Amazon. Seasons went from free to $14. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Robert D. Charlton
Good show no matter what you like. The plot has something for everyone like action, science fiction, mystery, politics, romance, and a little humor. Read morePublished 12 days ago by James Allen King
This new BSG rocks it for Season 1. (Sadly it went downhill after Season 1, but Season 1 is great.) If this review is HELPFUL, please click on "Helpful Review. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Stealth_Hawke
Fantastic show but the heavy religious driving forces are a bit much.. There isn't any real connection to the real world modern religions. But it still detracted a little for me. Read morePublished 24 days ago by sir
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|Battlestar Galactica vs. Babylon 5 - viewer interest||
Hi Terry. I love them both, but I think Bab 5 was far better produced and developed (like writing the overall story from begining to end before shooting starts) while the writing of Battlestar has a far more brutal edge to it, but production has got serious issues to the point fans are... Read More
Sep 21, 2007 by Russell Keller | See all 23 posts
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Disc 1: Miniseries (4hours.)
Disc 2:  - 33,  - Water,  - Bastile Day,  - Act of Contrition
Disc 3:  - You Can't Go Home Again,  - Litmus,  - Six Degrees of Seperation,  - Flesh and Bone
Disc 4:  - Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down,  - The Hand of God,  - Colonial Day,... Read More
Sep 9, 2008 by Thomas H. Chase Jr. | See all 2 posts
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And what about subtitles in spanish?
Apr 18, 2007 by Areosv | See all 3 posts
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Wow super big help there Traveler!
Does anyone (other than Traveler) actually own this product. Can you tell us if it includes the mini-series along with the complete first season?
Amazon should do a better job of including the contents of products like this.
UPDATE: The customer-provide... Read More
Dec 5, 2007 by Jeremy B. Pugh | See all 8 posts
|Is it suitable for family viewing?||
I seem to remember that there is some moderate sexual content, very early in the series (i.e. in the mini-series that kicks it off) between Balthar and Six...the human race getting almost wiped out soon after that might be considered more disturbing, though. And that pretty well puts an end to... Read More
Feb 18, 2010 by D. C. Harrison | See all 4 posts
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