on 16 February 2007
First of all, to anyone looking at this thinking of buying it, this is first and foremost an engaging drama series and secondly a science fiction show. Yes, there are space ships and robots and lasers and people being thrown to the deck every time an enemy missile hits home, but there is also betrayal, doubt, fear, love, kindness, pain, alienation, reconciliation and everything else you'd want in a show where you genuinely get close to the characters.
Yes, you do need to have watched the mini series to really understand the plot straight away, but you are thrown straight into the action with a first show that takes a simple idea and builds tension and all kinds of suspense around it. This sets the bar high for further episodes and you aren't let down. The plot twists and turns, the visuals are as good as you'll see in any big budget show (Resurrection Ship episodes for example), the characters build through careful scripting and acting. And it keeps on throwing up questions about morality and ethics and perceptions of good and evil. Incredible.
The show uses a lot of the ideas that surfaced in the original series but this is something just to cross reference, a lack of knowledge of the 70s series doesn't detract in anyway.
For sheer value for money, this set is hard to beat too. Buy it! Love it!
on 6 January 2007
The set is absolutely amazing, however there is a misprint on the packaging, it does not contain the Pilot Mini Series as it stated on the box, however the company that provided the boxed set, Universal-Playback at [...] will provide anyone who has the box set that says it contains the Mini Series and does not with the Mini Series Disc set free of charge upon provision of the original till receipt and a photocopy of the back of the packaging :), hope this helps you all out. Go to this link for information on how to receive your Mini Series set of discs.
There were apparentely a small amount printed with the error on the boxed set, however it is good that the company is providing the additional Discs, many thanks to Universal-Playback!! :)
on 21 December 2008
This is an impressive and unique series. It contains the three crucial elements that are the distinction between good sci-fi and classics: a sense of humour, a third dimension to characters, and a genuinely complex moral universe. The latter is the most interesting element - for example the question is posed, if there were only 50,000 humans left and survival is a serious issue, would an otherwise liberal society accept a ban on abortion? Most importantly, the show dares to ask questions that are both timely and eternal, but without being preachy; what does it mean to be human? Is our way of life worth preserving? Why are "we" any better than "them", especially if we can't tell each other apart? And is democracy compatible with any of these answers? The show does not presume to have all the answers, and its nuanced approach is far more intellectually satisfying than the black-and-white world of, say, Star Trek. It is not even afraid to kill off major characters, meaning the plot is driven more by the needs of the story and less by focus groups.
"Battlestar" is also one of very few sci-fis to recognize that a very futuristic world, particularly one in which relative physical strength is unimportant, would be sexism-free, making it one of the only sci-fis out there to feature as many fully developed and strong female roles as male. We meet the tough-but-vulnerable Starbuck, the sexy vamp Caprica Six, and the morally conflicted President Roslin. Indeed it is virtually the only show on TV where there is a woman in her 40's in a great role that never once draws attention to her being female; it's just a given that of course, some of the leaders are women. Even more than Buffy, this is a show you should be glad to see your daughters watch.
All this is icing on a cake made up of impressive CGI, excellent sets, solid dialogue, interesting rivalries and dynamics between a large and fascinating cast of characters, exciting and varied plots (romance, thriller, intrigue, etc), and plenty of eye candy no matter what your preference. One to watch even, or especially, if you don't like sci-fi.