Monday, July 16, 2012

Battlestar Galactica (2004): One Amazing Emotional Roller coaster

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously. Before I go into this review, please keep in mind that I have not watched the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica so in this review, I will not be comparing the two. Thanks to my friend Riley for letting me know about this show.*

There are some TV shows that transcend others. One of these would be Battlestar Galactica. What made this television show so great? There are a couple of main reasons why.

I wish it never ended even though I was late
to this one too.


The concept is simple. Man has created a race of robots called Cylons. The Cylons rebelled. Peace was reached and the Cylons disappeared into space for 40 years. At the end of the 40 years, they're back for blood. As for the rest of the background/lore, watch the show.

Frakkin' toasters

Commander/Admiral William Adama (portrayed by Edward James Olmos) is the head of the Battlestar Galactica.  He is known by his crew as "Old Man" and is well respected and loved by those who serve under him. He has that war veteran vibe to him, however it's not a cheesy cliche way. He's got a voice that commands respect and authority which really fits this character. 

He will most likely become your 
favorite character.

Colonel Saul Tigh (portrayed by Michael Hogan) is the XO aboard Battlestar Galactica. He's a complete hardass, a drunkard, and extremely unlikable for awhile, but eventually you grow to like him as he develops as a character. 

Trust me, you'll probably end up 
liking this character.

Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama (portrayed by Jamie Bamber) is the son of William Adama and a Viper pilot aboard Galactica. He's a all around good person, but of course, has his weaknesses. He's the kind of character that gets things done and is usually very straightforward. 

He's a cool guy who aren't
afraid of anything. Sort of.

President Laura Roslin (portrayed by Mary McDonnell) is the president (obviously) of the fleet. She's a great character, but as Colonel Saul Tigh put it, sometimes she's still just an innocent school teacher while other times ice runs in her veins. She can be relentless in her pursuit of what she wants, but usually looks very calm while doing so.

I have mixed feelings about this 
character.

Lt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (portrayed by Katee Sackhoff) is a viper pilot aboard Galactica. She's an extremely hotheaded and strong female character. She and Colonel Saul Tigh absolutely hate each other and that's something you'll get to see as the series goes on. Eventually it dies down.

She's a frakking badass.

Dr. Gaius Baltar (portrayed by James Callis) is a genius scientist who you will learn to hate, then sort of like, then hate, then hate, then like again. Really, his guy is all over the place. He's a bit arrogant and is an extremely bad liar. 

He's okay. I guess.


There are other characters, but I don't want to spoil anything. 

Now, what made this show amazing? Well, for one, it has some of the best writing I have ever seen in a TV show as well as some of the best character development I have ever seen in a show. As you watch the show, you become completely gripped by the characters and their emotions. You see them change in ways you want them to as well ways you don't want them to. I have rarely seen this kind of development in any TV show or movie. EVER.

I'm watching you, Nolan...

 A lot of themes talked about in BSG are not for the lighthearted. Some of themes are the usual such as war, love, right vs. wrong, etc and so on. Some themes, however are not so commonly used such as monotheism vs. polytheism and what it really means not to be just human, but if one is worthy of continued existence. 

That is some deep stuff right there.

Another thing that impressed me about the show is that IT GOT AN AUDIENCE WITH THE UN. This is the only TV show that I know of that has ever had any of its cast/crew get to talk with people at the UN. That is just mind blowing.


Enjoy. It's frakking long.

As if I'm not singing the praises for this show enough, just watch this show. If you enjoy sci-fi and or enjoy something can really get hooked on, this show is for you. You can watch it all on Netflix instant. If you honestly end up hating the show, you might want to see your doctor because you might have a minor case of serious brain damage. 


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