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5.0 out of 5 stars rush release. thankfully., 15 Nov 2007
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 [2006] [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Third season of the space opera that has taken the concept of the original battlestar galactica from the 1970's - a group of humans survive an attack by their robotic enemies the cylons and set off in search of the mythical planet earth - and updated it to great success, removing the camp of the original and creating instead a powerful and very mature drama.

Broadcast on sky one, and thus as a virgin media customer the second half of the season was something I couldn't see on it's original broadcast. The dvd is a somewhat rush release as it contains nothing more than all twenty episodes, spread over five discs, with no direct scene access or set up options, and the only extra is a short story so far documentary on a sixth disc. But after months of waiting for the rest of the season I don't mind that too much, because the discs are perfectly watchable.

If you've not seen the show before, then start with the mini series and seasons one and two. the story so far documentary can bring you up to speed, but it's better watching it in order.

Episode wise, the show devotes the first four episode to resolving the cliffhanger ending to season two. this draws parallels with the situation in iraq, but never in a heavy handed manner, and it makes the viewer think for themselves. I always prefer that style of writing. the first three episodes set up a resolution, which then occurs in the spectacular and thrilling fourth one.

The following episode deals with the aftermath to all this, and how alleged traitors should be dealt with. there's no spectacular action in this one, but it's great, thought provoking drama.

over the course of the next two episodes, humanity and the cylons have hard choices to make about their future plans. this is an involving two parter that is throughly absorbing to watch.

episode nine flashes back to the unseen time before the season two ending, and deals with the relationship between starbuck and apollo. an irksome episode to watch because the two become totally unsympathetic. There were apparently lots of deleted scenes from this one, so it's a shame they're not included as extras.

What follows gets the show back on course, in another spectacular two parter, as both groups continue their quest for earth, and things come to a head on a planet that is about to be destroyed.

There's a slight lull over the next four episodes, like there were at this point in season two, but these four are stronger, dealing with the relationships of all the main characters, and showing a few thought provoking and interesting things about life in the fleet.

the next episode moves starbucks' storyline on, and fills in some shocking details about her past. it doesnt make her much more sympathetic though.

and the three remaining episodes don't do the same for apollo either, when an important trial causes him to lose lots because he so rigidly sticks to his principles. these three episodes feature a very appealing character in the shape of sebastian spences irish lawyer, add some good depth to mr gaetas character, and end with a startling cliffhanger that will make you eager to find what happens next.

A strong season all in all, despite the way starbuck and apollo irritate, and a great show
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