Monday, May 09, 2005
New Battlestar Galactica show on Sci Fi TV is a winner
The new Battlestar Galactica delivers in a way the original show never did back in the 1970s.
For fans of science fiction and fantasy, Sci Fi channel's recreation of Battlestar Galactica is like finding five dollars in your pocket - it won't change your life, but it's soooooooo cool.
The first offering in the 1970s was a total dog - complete with a robot dog that was a bad knock-off of R2D2. Let's face it, the whole show was a bad knock-off on Star Wars. After on year on the air, the only part of BSG that survived was a theme ride at Universal Studios.
Today's reincarnation has a good cast and terrific writing that focuses on characters. The show has some good CGI, for a TV show, but it doesn't overpower the story telling. The show was cast well, led by veteran Edward James Olmos and that lady from "Dances with Wolves," whose name escapes me.
What I like best is the mini-movie serial feel. Every show is an hour - the first two were a full two hours each - and they are presented in chronological chapters. Each show connects to the next. There are no crappy stand-alone shows like you'd occasionally get with the X-Files or the Psi-Factor Chronicles.
In case you're wondering, the evil robots created by man (the Cylons) do survive in the modern-day BSG. Except now the Cylons are fully upgraded - some even pass for humans and infiltrate the fleet. The Cylon ships are metal on the outside, organic on the inside - a nice little twist.
All in all, I'd say this is must-see TV for any true believer. If you have a DVR, you have no excuse. Hop on board the Battlestar Galactica, or was that the Great Space Coaster?
Ahh, who cares ... go watch TV.