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Primetime Show Reviews
The miniseries for the show was very good and I enjoyed it. However,
the series is even better. It is a true ensemble show with many
interesting characters, excellent writing, and awesome special effects. It
is one of the best scifi shows out there, if not THE best. It may be one
of the best ever.
Even though the show is set mostly in outer space, it strives to be gritty
and realistic. The characters behave in a realistic manner, the same way
they would if they were on any good drama.
Most people know the premise: robots called Cylons destroy most of the humans
and the rest get away on the ship Battlestar Galactica and a few other ships in
a "rag tag fleet". The ships try to keep away from the Cylons, as well as
look for the mythical Earth.
The old Battlestar: Galactica was not well-written. I enjoyed it because it
was scifi, it had great special effects, and I enjoyed the characters (mostly
Apollo and Starbuck). The show could frequently be silly or completely
unbelievable. The new show does not center on Apollo and Starbuck (in
fact, we hardly have seen them together). The time is evenly divided
between all of the main characters, especially Adama, the president, Apollo,
Starbuck, Gaius, Boomer, and a few others. Women are completely equal in
the show; they work and live (and shower) side-by-side with the men. Even
the president is a woman. This is a great contrast to the old show, where
women were mostly wives, mothers, girlfriends, and prostitutes.
The tales have largely been about how the people survive from the Cylon
attacks, how they find resources such as water and fuel, and cope with personal
losses from death. The cylons are often one step ahead of them because
they have spies on their ships. Some of the spies don't even know they are
Cylons, which adds to the suspense.
If you liked quality scifi shows like Babylon 5, you will probably like the
new Battlestar Galactica. Just don't expect it to be much like the old
show (and that's a good thing).
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