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Battlestar Galactica, the best show you’re probably not watching

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In only five episodes Battlestar Galactica established itself as not only the best Science Fiction show on television but one of the best shows on television bar none.

In a landscape dominated by cops and lawyer shows Galactica is one of the few shows offering a fresh alternative to network rehashes and spinoffs. For the first time in a long time the writers and producers of Galactica are taking the genre seriously and telling real stories with real consequences.

Science Fiction is oddly treated with distain by so many people who would rather watch pure infomercials like American Idol rather then appear the slightest bit dorky by watching Sci-Fi.

The first incarnation of Galactica was pretty much crap in my opinion. It was rushed, poorly thought out and cheaply executed. It was originally a three-episode mini-series they stretched into an ongoing show without a whole lot of development.

This time around it was in development for more then two years and the work shows. The men behind it are Ronald Moore and David Eick. Moore is an ex-Star Trek writer who lost battles for better story lines and more dramatic situations on the dross that was Voyager. They’ve crafted something really cool that we haven’t seen in a long, long time – dramatic science fiction that takes itself seriously.

What I really love about this series is that it doesn’t let the characters off the hook. They don’t have a lot of resources and they’re forced to make difficult decisions. When MASH was at its best it never let the viewers forget that these characters are in a war and war sucks. Galactica has that same feel to it.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, the Sci-Fi Channel is running a complete re-airing of season one tonight. The “Chain Reaction” starts at seven and goes until midnight. If you like science fiction, or even just good storytelling, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re anything like me you won’t be able to turn the channel.

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  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris

    Not so sure about it being the best show on television, but it is definitely in the upper echelon.

    I wasn’t sure I was going to like it after the miniseries, but it has proven itself to be the best sci-fi to air since the untimely demise of Farscape. It is much better than the ho-hum Stargate Atlantis.

  • http://pintday.org kj

    > “The first incarnation of Galatica was pretty much crap in my opinion. It was rushed, poorly thought out and cheaply executed”

    Oh that’s hysterical, since the show was eventually canned because it was TOO EXPENSIVE to produce.

    Dude. Think about the timeframe. It was like, five minutes after Star Wars came out. Those effects cost HUGE.

  • http://www.templeofdagon.net Marty Dodge

    The only thing that was more camp that the original was Buck Wodgers.

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris

    And I enjoy both of those shows.

    Remember the second incarnation of BG where they found Earth and had invisible motorcycles?

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    I long ago gave up the arguement of if it’s on teevee it ain’t scifi (pronounced “skiffy”). Because SF programmes on teevee are the true validation of Sturgeon’s Law.

    I never saw the original BG, and figured the current version is driven in part by nostalgia by portly virginal men. Never mind the spaceships, heroic heros and blowing shit up, are there any ideas?

    Given the horrid record of teevee producing anything thought-provoking, I’ll bet not.

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    So is the misspelling just a test.

    High C?
    Vitamin C?

    How about no C in GalaCtica (see Amaozn links)

  • Paul

    BSG is one of the better shows on tv right now. It has very intresting characters, plots and ideas. The original BSG was good in it’s day. But there was no development of characters and plots. In the new series, the plots are more meaningful and honest about survival. There are so many more complex plot lines and characters. I am one who never miss a episode of the new series. I have greatly enjoyed it greatly.

    Plus, it beats all the other crap on the major networks.

  • http://screenrant.com Screen Rant

    I’ll stick with Stargate SG-1, thanks. Are they still including gratuitous sex and nudity on BSG just for the sake of it? Nothing like turning Cylons(sp) from robotic killing machines to a reason to buy Viagra. :-\

    Vic

  • doike

    It´s the best SF shoe these days, by far. Superb cast (EJ Olmos and Mary mcDonnell are pure acting power), great stories, no planet-of-the-week or alien-of-the-week, different tone, adult SF, grat XF….forget the name because it has nothing to do with the former show. You won´t regret it

  • http://czyanglican.blogspot.com CzyAnglican

    The whole sex and cyclons motiff is starting to trail a bit and Baltar’s little flights of fancy are getting less..annoying, but overall this show is extremely well done. The problem with Number Six and Baltar is they have some decent materials, but always revolving around sex. Minus his sometimes annoying 5 minutes, the show is one of the better ones on TV. I still Like SG-1 as well, but they are different shows. SG-1 is more an action/comedy that has some good dramatic plot turns and multi-season story arcs. Atlantis isn’t bad, but isn’t great either. However, they seem to be moving parts of the story along so we’ll see.

  • http://viewpointjournal.com David Flanagan

    I agree that BSG is serious sci-fi. And I think probably the first really serious sci-fi since “Space: Above and Beyond” went off the air after just one season.

    I often wondered if that Fox sci-fi show failed just on the title. But the show’s story line and characters were incredible.

    BSG is good in that way, where you are left thinking about what you saw in that hour for the next few days at least. The Sci-Fi Channel is not offering an empty boast when it claims that Friday is now the greatest night of Sci-Fi ever.

    I love that channel.

    Thanks for a good post.

    David

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Matt S,

    Glad to hear it’s better than the cheesecake original

    I put this up at Advance.net where hopefully millions of people will love and adore your every word.

    – Thank you. Temple

  • chris mankey

    I long ago gave up the arguement of if it’s on teevee it ain’t scifi (pronounced “skiffy”). Because SF programmes on teevee are the true validation of Sturgeon’s Law.

    I never saw the original BG, and figured the current version is driven in part by nostalgia by portly virginal men. Never mind the spaceships, heroic heros and blowing shit up, are there any ideas?

    Given the horrid record of teevee producing anything thought-provoking, I’ll bet not.
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    Wow, [edited]. Did you get the reaction you wanted, [edited]? Please let me know!

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    I agree with this piece.

    I hate scifi and I normally think I’m way too cool to be watching a show like this. The following describes me pretty well:

    “Science Fiction is oddly treated with distain by so many people who would rather watch pure infomercials like American Idol rather then appear the slightest bit dorky by watching Sci-Fi.”

    I love American Idol and I hate dorky scifi.

    That being said, I stumbled across Battlestar Galactica after reading all the good reviews in the paper and finally watched it when they aired it for one night on NBC a few weeks back. I was apprehensive about the show because I expected some lame, boring Star Trek-type show.

    Surprisingly, I thought it was really good. I don’t know if I’ll remember to watch it on SciFi, but I can tell it’s a quality show that’s not too weird or childish like lots of SciFi. They also have top-notch actors like Edward James Olmos in their cast.

    That is all.

  • chris mankey

    “I never saw the original BG, and figured the current version is driven in part by nostalgia by portly virginal men. Never mind the spaceships, heroic heros and blowing shit up, are there any ideas?”

    Given the horrid record of teevee producing anything thought-provoking, I’ll bet not.

    Well, you would be wrong in that respect! Oh and you’re an ass as well!