Battlestar Galactica: Season 4
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All will be revealed as the thrilling final season of Battlestar Galactica lands on Blu-ray Hi-Def. From their initial action-packed battles against the Cylons to their desperate attempts to find the fabled 13th colony, Earth, a determined band of human survivors has captivated audiences everywhere with their desperate quest to find a new home for their dwindling numbers. Join them now as the fleet journeys into the farthest reaches of unexplored space and faces a crucial decision that will change all of their lives irrevocably. Containing all 20 Season Four episodes, this epic 6-disc set is loaded with hours of riveting bonus features and includes the unrated, extended version of Battlestar Galactica: Razor that never aired on television. Relive the anticipation, the action and the excitement of this groundbreaking series that is destined to live on as “one of the best dramas on TV.” (Time Magazine)
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It kicks off with the return of a beloved character thought dead - and the many questions surrounding her appearance. There a lot of questions like this in season 4 that never really get satisfactory answers - how did the Final 5 survive thousands of years after apparently dying in the cylon apocalyse? Why does Baltar have a cult, and is he actually more sane than we thought? Why were the cylons motivated to completely wipe out humans? Is Starbuck an angel? what's the deal with that song everyone keeps hearing and how did it get into Galactica? And what the heck is up with Romo Lampkins (possibly imaginary) cat?? Don't bother pondering these questions - they won't get answered.
In some ways, this season is the most imaginative and gripping yet. The search for Earth will make you question if Starbuck's lost her mind. The episode where they find Earth is the most emotionally wrenching moment of the series- truly a nihilistic and dark turn of events. The new villian, Cavill, is surprisingly believable in his contempt for humanity based on his desire to become a flawless machine. The final episodes, in which the dying Galatica takes on the entire Cylon civilization just to rescue one child, seem like the ship and her a crew are on a suicide mission. Then there's the amped-up mysticism surrounding Baltar's cult, juxtaposed strikingly with Roslin's crisis of faith.
The theme of this season is things coming to an end and being reborn. Roslin is dying for real this time. Galactica is well past her prime, and the ship is obsolete and broken, and will soon be uninhabitable. Adama is no longer the stoic, unshakable commander of the previous 3 seasons - he's worn down too, and seeing both Roslin and his beloved Galatica dying is more than he can handle. Pretty much every other episode includes a tantrum, drunken binge, crying fit, or some combination of the 3. At the same time, it makes him so much more relatable and real. Adama continues to lead, barely hanging on by his fingernails, because he's surrounded by people who keep propping him up just one more day. Meanwhile, Lee gets a new job and is finally coming into his own - and is no longer trying to follow in his father footsteps, but making his own path. The Cylons are no longer one monolithic enemy, but are fragmented into factions - some friendly - and individual Cylons develop unique personalities.
All of this adds up to some of the best TV ever - still character-driven and human (or Cylon) in scale but epic in proportion. The conclusion will blow you away!
The creators of this masterpiece were able to take something that was so memorable in the 70's and flip it until it only resembled the past, but turn it into something even more memorable and relevant today. By taking modern issues and creating allegories for us to study and learn by, this show pushed our imagination and allowed us for a brief moment to submit to the possibility of greatness.
Each hour of this show is a non-stop critique of our own weaknesses, with a lesson to be hopeful. In the years since this show went off the air, I have hoped for something great to come back to Syfy, sadly though in that time nothing approaches what this show achieved, instead we are left with the cheesy movie of the week and WWE wrestling.
If you have never seen this show, I highly recommend picking up all four seasons of this and watching them multiple times over, as its as much intellectually stimulating as it is action-based.
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I liked it. So I liked Season 4.Read more
Was really bummed when Netflix lost it.. am glad Prime has picked it up.. now keep it forever please.