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This review is from: Battlestar Galactica - Season One (DVD)
I posted a very favorable review of the mini-series that launched this new version of Battlestar Galactica. The series has taken all of the things that were so enjoyable and woven them into a great television series.
First and foremost it's a drama about people. If you want trite, craptacular, formula don't look to this show. The writers and the cast of actors and actresses have embodied these characters with more detail and emotion than any other television show I can think of in recent years. Entire episodes go buy without spaceships or planets and we don't mind. We care about the people first, the special effects second. The underpinnings of loyalty, relationships that remain steadfast after 20 years, love and rivalry, purpose and duty, all come to the forefront of this show.
The executive producer of the show, Ron Moore, has been very crafty in his vision. Things so painful about the original series are now far more frightning. The bad guy robots, the Cylons, aren't slow moving toasters anymore. They look like us and have carried out the obliteration of mankind with darwin like overtones and a zeal fueled by a religion that holds man as the creator. Yikes! Add in that they've figured out how to use sex as a weapon...
The hardcore "living in the basement of their parents house" crowd will continue to make savage attacks on this show no matter what. Mercifully the people who live in the real world recognize the product of a tremendous number of talented and gifted people. Ratings have been high for a reason.
If Frasier was a weekly half hour of wonderful broadway farce then the new version of Battlestar Galactica is a taunt hour of psychological insight into the workings of real people in a hellish situation.
I don't own a single live action television series on DVD or videotape but have pre-ordered this one because I want to watch it again to see what I missed the first time I watched it.
This is a show that may ripple through the industry because it proves what Jay Ward knew with Rocky and Bulwinkle: you don't dumb down the material. The kids might not get all the jokes but the adults who do will love it all the more. With Battlestar Galactica you can find episodic sci-fi if that's what you need. If you want something more, human drama that demands emotional investment on a scale rarely seen in the broadcast mediums, it's a meal of plenty.
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Initial post: Feb 22, 2007 9:44:10 AM PST
Posted on Apr 5, 2007 11:21:20 AM PDT
Christopher Spicer says:
I came here to write a review after finishing the first season of this magnificent show, only to find that you already said what I intended to, only far more eloquently. Great review.
Posted on Dec 5, 2007 7:50:17 PM PST
K. Pena says:
By far the best thing to watch since Farscape and SG1 no longer available, (can't forget Firefly). I am truly impressed with depth the writers have taken this show to. This story reaches a philosophical level that Bladerunner was only able to scratch. Great review Jim. You said it all!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2015 1:45:44 PM PST
J. Kitchen says:
Thank you for the nice compliment.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2015 1:45:59 PM PST
J. Kitchen says:
That was very nice of you to say Christopher. Thanks!
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