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TV Review: Battlestar Galactica Miniseries

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I have been hearing folks rave about how great the new Battlestar Galactica series is. I don't own a television, so I haven't been able to watch, but when the opportunity came to review the DVD set for season 2.5, I decided to jump in and watch all of the preceeding episodes, including the miniseries that served as a three hour pilot.

Holy freakin' cow that was intense!

This series is a bit different from the old Battlestar Galactica. Humans created robot/android type things called the Cylons to be mechanical slaves. The Cylons became self-aware and turned on the humans. After a war, an armistice was declared, and for forty years it seemed like that was the end. Then the Cylons came back, stronger, and nearly destroyed all of humanity in one day. Only 50,000 humans remain, protected by Galactica. They are looking for a new home that is safe from the Cylons.

I knew the basic premise of the show before watching it, but nothing I had heard or read prepared me for the reality. This is not the old Battlestar Galactica with its 70's and 80's science fiction sensibilities. This is for modern viewers who are not afraid of androids that look like "walking chrome toasters." This miniseries had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. In fact, my muscles are still tense and I am thinking I will need to watch something light and fluffy now if I am ever going to fall asleep.

I'm scared of these Cylons. Mommy!

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  • savas

    Since all of our wars today seem religious based I thought it was spectacular that they even made the Cylon/human conflict revolve around religion. The humans are multitheists while the Cylons are monotheist.

  • Steve

    The conflict doesn’t revolve solely around religion. It’s certainly an important aspect, but not the only one.

    Looking forward to see what you think about the rest of the show. The mini-series is good, but in retrospect, probably the weaker part of nBSG.
    It needed to cover a lot of ground with (re)introducing the universe and establish the characters, so there’s a lot of exposition. What follows is often more focused, and tons of things happen to the characters