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Battlestar Galactica's Edward James Olmos wasn't kidding when he said "the series is even better than the miniseries." As developed by sci-fi TV veteran Ronald D. Moore, the "reimagined" BG is exactly what it claims to be: a drama for grown-ups in a science-fiction setting. The mature intelligence of the series is its greatest asset, from the tenuous respect between Galactica's militarily principled commander Adama (Olmos) and politically astute President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) to the barely suppressed passion between ace Viper pilot "Apollo" (a.k.a. Adama's son Lee, played by Jamie Bamber) and the brashly insubordinate Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), whose multifaceted character is just one of many first-season highlights. Picking up where the miniseries ended (it's included here, sparing the need for separate purchase), season 1 opens with the riveting, Hugo Award-winning episode "33," in which Galactica and the "ragtag fleet" of colonial survivors begin their quest for the legendary 13th colony planet Earth, while being pursued with clockwork regularity by the Cylons, who've now occupied the colonial planet of Caprica. The fleet's hard-fought survival forms (1) the primary side of the series' three-part structure, shared with (2) the apparent psychosis of Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis) whose every thought and move are monitored by various incarnations of Number Six (Tricia Helfer), the seemingly omniscient Cylon ultravixen who follows a master plan somehow connected to (3) the Caprican survival ordeal of crash-landed pilots "Helo" (Tahmoh Penikett) and "Boomer" (Grace Park), whose simultaneous presence on Galactica is further evidence that 12 multicopied models of Cylons, in human form, are gathering their forces.
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.
This is an astounding show. The story line is so intricate and each character is well cast. It maintains the best mix of action and adventure with all the realistic emotional... Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Howard
If you missed any of the first episodes this is the perfect way to catch up. Enjoyed this group of DVD's.Published 1 month ago by Charles W. Harris
Not sure how popular an opinion mine is, but I was never able to get into the original series even when it was new due to all the things that tied it to the time period it was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MRNot
Nicely done, well put together, quit a few twists, remember, this series is for adults.Published 1 month ago by rodney sweeney
Love love Love this show and series. I have watched it before and will watch it again.Published 1 month ago by S. Miles
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|The box is a bit strange||
Yeah, in either an attempt to look cool or cheaply pack six discs together (or both), the packaging is very poor for a $70 set of discs. I am going to play though all of them over the holidays and make sure the scratches on my discs are not horribly interfering.
Dec 10, 2007 by J. Ryder | See all 6 posts
|what about the mini series?||
The first season DVD set includes the mini-series.
Sep 2, 2007 by S. Vernon | See all 5 posts
Yes, which explains the little slip of paper inside the box which says the HD DVD version is "true" to the show's artistic elements or some such thing...in other words, it is filmed somewhat grainy and "soft" to make it seem more "realistic" and documentary like...So... Read More
Dec 10, 2007 by K. Fellows | See all 12 posts
|Can't wait for this in HD - TrueHD Audio||
I am really excited about battlestar on hd-dvd. I have season 1 on dvd and after seeing the quality of picture on an hd-dvd, I felt battlesatr was definately missing something missing. and here it is PERFECT
Aug 28, 2007 by L. Feeley | See all 3 posts
|Other seasons on HD DVD?||
Bump. Yeah, it would be nice to know if this & subsequent seasons will be released on Blu-ray. Being that they are probably not going to come out on HD DVD.
Mar 17, 2008 by Doomferret | See all 3 posts
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