13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great!! but no mini-series with this version,
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I have to amdit that being a fan of the original show, I avoided this new version for quite some time. More fool me, because it's absolutely superb. In fact, it might just give "re-imagining" a good name!
Yes, Battlestar Galactica, that most 70s of all 70s sci-fi shows is dragged into the new millenium to become easily the best sci-fi on tv today. In fact, I rate is as one of the best sci-fi serious I've ever seen.
The producers may have took some severe measures ("liberties!", was my first thought) to get it to us. I mean Starbuck, a woman? I cringed when I first heard that, but damn them, it works. It works very well, indeed, thanks to the marvellous Katee Sackhoff, who plays the part as a mixture of toughness, vulnerability and sassiness. (She's also sexy as hell, by the way).
Other changes: Boomer too, becomes a female (and more besides) while the original show's rather stiff-necked Colonel Tigh becomes a self-pitying alky here. Baltaar is now a self-regarding, gullible scientist, who betrays the human race through greed and stupidty. Is he evil or not? Probably. After all, he does have an English accent now.
Naturally enough, the themes are a lot darker than original and there's sex a-plenty (although no real nudity). The CGI special effects are superb and are sparingly used. This especially true of the Cylons themselves, who are seriously nasty pieces of work.
One of the biggest changes is the relationship between Adama and the civillian government. Lorne Greene's Adama pretty much ran his own show in the original, having only occasional dealings with the Council of 12, which he regarded as a minor nuisance. Not so here. Brooding, Edward Jemes Olmos has to deal with a civillian President - superbly played by Mary McDonell - to whom he is subordinate ... in theory.
However, you should be warned that this box set is missing some extras that the US version has. For a start, the 2003 mini-series that started the revival off is not here. You'll need to buy that separately. Also, the box set doesn't have much else in the way of extras either. Best stick to the Region 1 version, which contains pleny of extras, including the mini-series.