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Best series yet!,
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This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: Season 3  [DVD]  (DVD)
The originial Battlestar Galactica was an enjoyable piece of sci-fi hokum that emerged in the post Star Wars period of the late 70's. Along with Buck Rogers In The 25th Century it entertained me as a kid growing up at the time. So when I heard a remake was on the cards almost 20 years later it struck me as another lazy bit of television. Boy was I ever WRONG! This 're-imagined' series is arguably the finest piece of TV sci-fi ever! At the very least it is the best since the Star Trek franchise peak of the late 90's. Dramatic, realistic, emotive and damn sexy! It has great effects, brilliant acting, powerful music and truly excellent scripts-I have NEVER seen a show that presses so many of the right buttons so consistently!
The third season does NOT disappoint either. The Cylon occupation of New Caprica has astounding political resonance -the parallels with a contemporary military occupation are unmistakable!
The year gap that was passed over at the end of season two is deeply mined to create many great story lines. The development of the will-they-won't-they saga between Apollo and Starbuck makes great use of flashbacks - if like me, you are rooting for 'em,certain scenes will have you shouting with sheer delight! The equally interesting -if more subtle- potential romance between Adama senior and President Roslin is blossoming nicely and Bill Adama the man has a rare outing.
The development of the Cylon characters is well handled with some excellent revelations and hints at others yet to come. The 'final five' Cylon models concept is excellent with a truly incredible revelation at the season's end that will blow you away. The development of Starbuck's character is equally surprising, her possible destiny is hinted at throughout the season but the conclusion is still pure dynamite.
The trial of Gaius Balta is a well considered reflection on notions of guilt, revenge and justice. It refuses to go along with black and white morality and leads to a speech by Apollo that is his finest moment to date.
Season four has a lot to live up to and I can't wait!