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Thursday, March 25, 2010:
What I'm watching: Battlestar Galactica (season 1)

Editorial Reviews:

Picking up where Sci Fi Channel's 2003 miniseries left off, Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 begins with the remnants of humanity (all 48,000 of them) on the run in what’s left of their space fleet. The Cylons -- the robot race that destroyed the humans’ home planet, Caprica, at the miniseries’ conclusion -- have both the numbers and the superior technology. What the humans have is the titular, outdated flagship and a ragtag military led by the gruff career soldier Cmdr. Bill Adama (Edward James Olmos) and his frequently depressed, hard-drinking second-in-command, Col. Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan).

On the political side, the newly installed president of the Colonies, Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), tries to assert her authority with the military while dealing with the needs of her constituents. Vice President Gaius Baltar (the amazing James Callis) is haunted by his collaboration with the enemy and driven half mad by the frequent appearance of Six (Tricia Helfer), a Cylon agent only he can see. Fighter pilots Lee "Apollo" Adama (Jamie Bamber) and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Katee Sackhoff) wage the day-to-day battles against Cylon raids.

A hit right from the start, and justifiably so, Battlestar Galactica rises above the sci-fi shoot-‘em-up clichés, thanks to producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore, who have created a sci-fi universe in which they weave a rich dramatic tapestry. Consider the series' treatment of religion: The Cylons are monotheists, while humans are polytheists (which is manifest in amusingly pluralized cusswords). In addition to their numeric and technological advantages, the Cylons also have the treachery edge, and some have adapted human form. This allows for creepy infiltrations of the Galactica, including one that becomes apparent in the amazing season finale, "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II," in a truly jaw-dropping moment of violence. A classic cliff-hanger, the January 24, 2005, episode effectively whet appetites for Season 2, which premiered on July 15th with the series’ highest ratings ever. [Barnes & Noble]


Once again I am late to the party, but having seen several people on Twitter talk about BSG, I finally decided it was time to give it a try. See, I remember watching the original series back in the late 70's, early 80's. Had such a crush on Dirk Benedict, who played Starbuck. Things are different now, most notably because Starbuck is now a woman.

Truth be told, I am LOVING this first season. The miniseries preceding it started out a little slow, as there's some background to cover, but then the show kicks it up a notch and I'm having a ball watching it. Dr. Baltar completely cracks me up; he has such a perfect sense of comic timing and his expressions and reactions are priceless. Not bad on the eyes either, though he doesn't give me tingles, despite, or maybe because of the accent. So far the two guys that do it for me are Helo and Apollo, though neither one of them has my full attention. First off, we don't see quite so much of Helo, though I sure would like to, and second, Apollo is cute in a boyish way but not sexy. I'm waiting to see if that changes.

Now I can honestly say I have several girl crushes going on here. Six is one of the bad Cylons, but she's utterly gorgeous, and has this unshakable faith in God that I like about her. Sharon is a pretty and likable Asian pilot with some issues, and I sympathize with what she's going through. And then there's Kara. She's more butch, but can also be very pretty, and God I wish I had that fearless attitude she had. She loves pushing people's buttons, and she's a bit reckless but that's part of her charm. So yeah, so far the girls are beating the guys. And that's completely fine with me. Let's hear it for the girls!

It really is a fun show, and I'm curious to see where it goes. I have several seasons to catch up on, and I'm looking forward to each and every one.

Are you a fan of BSG?



  1. Stacy, Stacy, Stacy!! WELCOME to the wonderful world of BSG. I loved this show and watched it every week for 4 seasons. Couldn't get enough. I tried to turn Maria onto it; she watched about 4 episodes of the first season and gave up... Sheesh - I could not convince her to keep going, that it was all worth it. It had so many parallels to what was happening politically and the mythology and religious overtones were thought provoking. I'm so glad you're enjoying it. Kara - loved that woman, her strength and her vulnerability (which you'll see more of as you get into the 3rd season)make her such an interesting character.

    I must say - you really do it right. You wait for the DVD of a show and then you can watch it all at once - whenever you want. No waiting, no hassles. Now that's appointment television! I might have to follow your lead.

  2. YAH! *happy dance* I LOVED this series...right up until Season 4 when I wondered what the writers had been smoking :) It's still good in Season 4, don't get me wrong.

    The thing I love about it is everything is turned on its head...everyone thinks everything is black and white, but then all the shades of grey seep in and you've left questioning everything. I love shows that make me do that! Please keep us posted on how you are enjoying it?

    Oh, and I agree with Marisa. It's scary how well it was paralleling what was happening in RL. And Kara is....human, flaws and all, and you have to love her for that.

    And apologies for being AWOL. It's been very hard to get to the computer this week :(

  3. I'm jealous that you get to experience it for the first time! I can't wait to hear more from you as you work your way through the seasons. I agree with Orannia that there were several times I wondered what the heck the writers were smoking! Sometimes the characters just flat out pyssed me off! I've rarely been so emotionally engaged in a television show.

    I'm watching Caprica on SyFy now after waiting for about 5 weeks. I saved the episodes on my Tivo because I KNEW that once I watched, I'd be hooked. And I was right. Its ridiculously good.

  4. Lurv this show. And talk about crushes--Tahmoh Penikett. *swoon*

    Actually, to tell the truth, my favorite character on the entire series is Baltar. He's soooo funny.

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