Sunday, January 08, 2006

Battlestar Galactica

I had the opportunity to record the recent Battlestar Galactica marathon on the SciFi Channel. That is I recorded the new version not the 1978/79/80 version.

I came away with several impressions:

Capt. Lee "Apollo" Adama is a whiney, petulant bitch.

The "Starbuck" character while having undergone a dramatic increase scope in scope over the previous version of BG really isn't the same character at all. Not only is Starbuck the voice of reason and pragmatism in this series but apparently the one bridging the gap between factions.

The political infighting, empire building and ruthlessness displayed in the series reflects the human experience.

All in all surprisingly enjoyable morality tale without the heavy reliance of "wow" factor at special effects one would have expected from other series. Certainly whatever quasi-utopian depictions of the future, the various follow on incarnations of Star Trek for example, have been appearing in science fiction entertainment for the last forty years should take note and meet the rising bar for drama reflecting the human condition and entertainment.

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