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This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 (Part One) [DVD] (DVD)
Don't worry too much about the furor that has erupted because this dvd box set consists of only 10 episodes (and possibly razor) and that everyone seems to be focussing on the fact that it is not season 4 but the first half etc etc. The main fact is that BG has been and still remains the finest sci-fi show par excellence ever. Possibly even one of the finest TV shows ever produced as well.
These 10 episodes do start off quite slowly but they are still unbelievably gripping. It's a testament to the creators and producers of the show that they don't go all out but slow burn until around the middle of the run when, simply, the best TV show does what it does best and raises the bar again. I won't ruin any story lines but suffice to say there are quite a few sucker-punches that'll leave you staring, open-mouthed at the screen, unsure about what you've just witnessed.
The only problem now with BG is that it feels familiar and you can sometimes know what to expect. It's dark, moody, hopeless yet uplifting in the most unexpected places. It can be a little too uncomfortable at times but that is what I've come to expect from the show and why it is considered cutting edge.
I'm glad it's only 10 or so episodes long as there is no filler. Season Four is slight because of the writers' strike but it means that, now, we'll be getting season 5 instead of 4.2 which seems a little neater. But don't worry, the finale is still as excrutiating as ever, if only for the fact that you simply won't be able to wait another year to see how it all ends.