Battlestar Galactica

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The Best Show on Television? Yes, according to Time Magazine, The National Review, Rolling Stone and New York Newsday. Praised by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune and many other publications, Battlestar Galactica won a prestigious Peabody Award in the spring of 2006. Ronald D. Moore, the producer of Carnivale and writer for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, boldly re-imagined the original 1978 space opera of humans versus the robotic Cylons. He teamed up with fellow executive producer David Eick on a powerful and dramatic update of the Galactica story. Gone are the technobabble, disco-themed costumes and Egyptian helmets of the original series. The modern show introduces new elements to the Galactica story. The Cylons have developed human-form models that are indistinguishable from real humans. The Cylons have a monotheistic religion in contrast to the polytheistic religion of the human Colonies. The approach is serious and intense, with a focus on tough political, philosophical and religious issues set in a tale that manages to keep the focus on realistic and not always perfect characters.

In the miniseries, the Cylons launch a massive attack against the humans and wipe out the Twelve Colonies, sending the 47,000 survivors on a desperate search for the fabled 13th colony -- Earth. Season One Overview The Cylons declare war on humanity, wiping out billions in an unprovoked first strike. The Colonial fleet is all but eliminated leaving just a handful of ships, including the soon to be decommissioned battlestar Galactica. Galactica is manned by a crew that never expected to be involved in real duty. With the president gone and the government all but eliminated, Laura Roslin, the Education Minister, takes on the mantle of President of the 12 Colonies. Gaius Baltar, a top researcher in Artificial Intelligence, inadvertently betrayed humanity by allowing a Cylon agent into the defense network, rendering it and all of the Colonial military forces impotent in the face of the Cylon attacks. He sees her everywhere when no one else can. He initially attributes this to stress-induced hallucinations. She tells him that she implanted a chip in his brain during their time on Caprica, which enables her to talk to him. Over the season Baltar falls in love with the Cylon, Number Six, eventually betraying humanity again and again. A lone soldier is trapped on Cylon-occupied Caprica, having given up his seat on a transport for Baltar, as he believes that his own life is not as important as one of the greatest minds of their time. He struggles against the odds, trying to stay alive amid the hostile Cylons. He is surprised to learn that Sharon Valerii, the pilot of the transport, returned for him. However, the truth is that she is actually another human-form Cylon. Sharon and Helo spend the season trying to escape Caprica. Sharon also finds herself falling in love with her human target. The season ends with her pregnant and fighting to save his life. Meanwhile, the copy of Sharon onboard Galactica (known as "Boomer") has set off several bombs and engaged in other acts of sabotage. The season ends with a stunning turn of events after a successful mission to disable a Cylon base ship. For a more detailed overview of the first three seasons, visit the pinned thread titled "Battlestar Galactica in Just Ten Minutes" located in the forum. Awards and critical praise The 2003 miniseries was the highest-rated miniseries on the Sci Fi Channel (soon to be known as Syfy) at the time. It was also the most successful cable miniseries that TV season.

The first regular season premiered to excellent viewer numbers and critical acclaim. After the midseason break in Season Two, the show received widespread recognition from the mainstream media, including several outlets not always known for their interest in science fiction. As mentioned above, Time Magazine named BSG the best show on television for 2005. Rolling Stone Magazine and New York Newsday also named BSG the best show of the year. Many other publications like the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune lavished praise on the series.

The American Film Institute added the show to its list of the ten best television shows of 2005. The show won Emmy Awards in the usual sci-fi categories of special visual effects but it also received Emmy nominations for writing and directing. It also won a prestigious Peabody award for its general excellence in creativity in the television medium. The Sci Fi Channel has used creative means to promote the series, including the release of certain episodes as free streaming video on the official website. In the month leading up to the start of Season Three, the Sci Fi Channel aired a Web-only series titled Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance. The brief, 2 to 3 minute episodes revealed key events from the time period between the Season Two finale and the Season Three premiere episode. Another Web-only series was shown on the official website in the lead-up to the Season 4.5 "final" episodes. A Battlestar Galactica television movie, "Razor", was broadcast in late 2007, followed soon after with a release on DVD. The story followed the struggles of Admiral Cain and young Kendra Shaw as they tried to survive the Cylon attack on the Colonies. The hard-hitting movie was well received by fans and critics. Even though the series "ended" on March 20, 2009, with the two-hour broadcast of "Daybreak, Part 2", the Sci Fi Channel (Syfy) will broadcast one final Battlestar Galactica television movie. "The Plan" is scheduled to air in the fall of 2009. The Galactica franchise will live on, even after the final movie and DVD. A prequel series, Caprica, began production even before Battlestar Galactica ended. The pilot movie will be released as a stand-alone DVD in April 2009. The movie will later air on Syfy along with regular episodes of the new series in 2010. For more information about this look at the early days of the development of the Cylons on Caprica, please consult the separate guide for that series. Original Broadcast History: Season One October 18, 2004 - January 24, 2005 - 8:00 PM SKY One (UK) January 14, 2005 - April 1, 2005 - Fridays @ 10:00 PM Sci Fi Channel (USA)moreless

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    Fan Reviews (590)

    • Constantly bleak music

      I have watched 16 episode in one week and cannot handle the bickering among crew members and the mournful background music. It's bleak. It sounds similar to wailing. An occasionally mournful soundtrack would be fine, but it's pretty much a constant. Even when something hopeful happens, the music remains fairly gloomy. I cannot bear it. Reminds me of a funeral.
    • Story-telling Done Right

      I started watching BSG when it was first released and for some reason, still unknown to this day, I stopped watching it somewhere early in season 3. Often you have to be in the right place to appreciate a TV show and my choice to stop watching it back then was down to me and not the show itself. Having watched it from the beginning to the very end I cannot believe how I abandoned this amazing TV series.

      The twists and turns alone make it epic, but add to that the music, cinematics, and acting and you are in for a treat. However, where the show comes into its own is the story-telling. The writers have captured so much of both the glory and frailty of humanity. Characters can switch between heroes and villains as circumstances push them beyond their limits.

      All the way through you are given that privileged perspective we get when watching TV, where we see the bigger picture relative to the characters. Consequently you are given those moments we enjoy where we can judge the character decisions. However, the writers deliberately limit our perspective and when more of the story is revealed you often find yourself embarrassed at how quickly and superficially you judged a character's actions. So often this is attempted by other writers, yet so often it fails, leaving you feeling angry and frustrated because they simply held back vital facts.

      The writers of BSG get it just right. They do hold back information, but they always provide the clues. It's often our own biases which allow us to judge badly, and that is the theme of the characters themselves. Ordinary people, thrown into exceptional situations, and trying to make the best possible choices. Sometimes they get it right, more often they get it wrong. In all the TV series I've ever watched I don't think I've experienced it being done this well.

      Bravo, to the creators, and thank you for the wonderful journey.moreless
    • Everything including season 4

      I do so miss the BSG series that I watched the entire show, deleted scenes included again in dec 2014. When I first watched the show, I was indeed a bit disappointed about the entire set up of season 4 and especially the season finale. After seeing the show again and especially "the Plan," I have to revise this opinion. It's simply great. About the religious stuff. I'm not into religion myself, but the idea of giving robots a religious philosophy is great. Especially with unexplained phenomena as the angel six and Baltar. What about Starbuck? Was the returned Starbuck a phenomenon like Six and Baltar, but now visible to everybody? The best explanation by far that I've read is the claim that Starbuck was the cylon Daniel that Cavil killed. She was an artist and she had a destination. After killing her without resurection a reappearance as an angel isn't to far fetched. After considering all this religious philosophy stuff, the theme song also fell in to place. In Sanskrit no less. Don't you just love it?

      This title song in itself is enough to rate the series 10:


      bhur bhuvah svaha

      tat savitur varenyam

      bhargo devasya dhimahi

      dhiyo yo nah prachodayat

    • everything but season 4

      I didn't get into Battlestar Galactica when it first aired in 2005 ,but after watching again in 2014...

      Easily the best sci-fi show I have ever watched

      The characters, the story lines, the clever writing, the depth, the way it touches on elements that really get you think such as what does it really mean to be human? or the constant interplay bwtween Baltar and Caprica 6.

      Love it.

      It doesn't get any better than Battlestar and really raises the bar for other similar genre series to come.

      But! how I wish season 4 was better....

      I loved season 1 and 2, still loved season 3 and the season 3 cliffhanger but by the time season 4 came around , I felt it lost a bit of its luster and veered off into the pseudo-mythical path too heavily, forgetting the depth and realism the producers created I earlier seasons. the angle of the final 5 and how I wish they could of made the series finale end on a more satisfying conclusion.

      If it wasn't for season 4, it would get a solid 10.

    • What could have been...

      I have been a fan of sci-fi all my life.

      The first two seasons of BSG blew me away, after that the writers seem to have lost their minds, by season 4 it was unwatchable because of all the mystical and pseudo-religious bullshit and labored metaphors about current issues that simply didn't fit the narrative. A tragic example of a show that got bogged down in it's own self-importance. However the first two seasons are still genre-busting sci-fi and so I can't give it a truly terrible rating

      It would be a solid ten if I could just pretend it ended halfway through season 2moreless

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