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Fun to watch but not a patch on the first series.
on 16 February 2015
I was there at the time this show was aired in the UK. I was around the 6 years old mark when the original BSG was broadcast so I guess I was 8 maybe when this was aired in the UK.
I remember being extremely upset that three quarters of the original cast were missing, Apollo and Starbuck, Colonel Tye and all the secondary characters who I had grown to love were gone. Maybe that is why I always had a negative memory of this not being as good as it should have been back then.
A reason why I was hesitant to purchase the second series on release, but I being tempted ended up when the price lowered to a level where I could give it a go. If you see it through the eyes of one who was there at the time, it's really not as bad as I remember it being, it lacks the bigger budget effects and battles that season 1 featured but i guess this is a different type of story.
The story basics are that it is now an unspecified number of years on from the end of series 1. The Galactica and it's rag tag convoy have at last found the Earth. Sadly, we are in no fit state, technically or psychologically, to accept or even help our new brothers from the stars. To help the Galacticans settlement on the earth and perhaps help our advancement so we can better fight the recently discovered Cylon threat, multiple teams consisting of two Colonial Warrior each are sent to many nations on Earth to contact scientific communities, Governments and so on. Not surprisingly we focus on the team sent to the USA who are the tall and dark Troy, originally the step son of Captain Apollo who was known as Boxy, who is now a quiet and serious Warrior now in his early 30's. He is partnered with his buddy Dylon, a younger, stocky and fair haired Colonial Warrior who provides a little comedy in their journey.
The two warriors arrive on Earth and experience all kinds of strange adventures, contact scientists and get into all kinds of trouble during their search help mankind, fight the Cylon threat that has recently been uncovered and attempt to assimilate a large group of children into the Earth's society. Help on Earth comes from a female reporter, a male scientist and the bad guy angle comes from a Galactican renegade and certain members of the USA Air Force that are hunting our Heroes down.
On the whole the stories are all consecutive, so start from Episode 1 and go through till the end. It's basically for the kids that were in 1980, so expect simplistic plots, a fair amount of moral teachings and kids that know more than the adults. Fewer space battles and Cylons makes for less excitement, the stories are generally more sedate the first series, definitely cheaper and have an air of being written with no over all game plan in mind, just novel episode ideas that are loosely strung together in some form.
Instead of colonial vipers we have futuristic flying motorbikes, made to blend in with Earth bikes, which of course look just about nothing like Earth bikes, and there are wonderful shields that render the users, bikes and Vipers invisible. These as you can imagine come in handy for their adventures on Earth.
Adama is still there, many years older and wiser but somehow is a shadow of his former self from the first series, he seems reduced to play second fiddle to a new character, the child genius who has all the answers, and to be honest, any child genius character can start to grate on the nerves after a while. The last episode is an oddity, and frankly it wasted the one and only returning character in a pretty dud story line.
So, it may appear that there are many negatives here, and I guess there are but i actually found it quite fun in a nostalgic way, remembering things from my childhood as the series went on. It misses the battles and characters from the first series.