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3.0 out of 5 stars Losing the plot?, 17 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I thought BSG mini-series was one of the greatest pieces of TV I have ever seen and season 1 was not far behind. But since then is seems that the law of diminishing returns applies. After a great start it has taken me a long time to work my way through the discs of series 3. While still capable of strong episodes and some fantastic performances, the overall driving narrative seems to get lost, and there is a strong feeling of things being dragged out for no particular reason (other then to make more money).

Two examples
* while you can see what they are trying to do with the episodes looking at the internal politics of the remain humans, it does stretch credibility that this fleet of survivors has exactly the right mix of ships to survive, we got through the miniseries and 2 series without even knowing there was tylium processing ship in the fleet!
* the scenes on the Cylons ships at times fall into dreadful 60s SciFi cliche, and the Cylon 'society' unconvincing the Cylons work best as a dark threat against which the humans respond, and its the human response that makes the story interesting.'fleshing out' the Cylons really doesn't work

For all that after 2 series you are so engaged with the excellent characters and performance that much of this is forgivable, and there are still excellent episodes, in particular the escape from new Caprica and the series finale.

As an aside why is this whole series so confusingly packaged? OK I understand why the mini-series precedes Series 1, but what is marketed as Series 4 is actually only the 1st half of series 4 the second half being called 'The Final Season'. While the 1st 2 episodes of series 4 are apparently a flashback to events that happen during Series 2!

All of which serves to reinforce my feeling that the overall story arc is being dragged out to far. Still having got this far I'll be sticking with it to the end.
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