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5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction is back., 10 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: Season 2 [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
We needed a hero. We needed a saviour. For the past few years we've been sitting in the cinemas waiting for the next big thing that our kids will remember fondly when they're grown up... The Matrix Trilogy wasn't it. The Star Wars prequels weren't it. Turns out we were looking in the wrong place! Hollywood has forgotten how to make characters matter to us in a short space of time, and so instead TV has triumped, lead by a vanguard of shows like The Sopranos, The Shield, and Prison Break. Spurred on by the success of serious, intelligent shows for grownups, the Sci-Fi channel has bravely launched the "reboot" of Battlestar Galactica, and I'm relieved to tell you it's bloody fantastic.

Being a remake of the original series, I had thought that it was going to be like the short-lived Space: Above and Beyond. Namely a series that got too excited about special effects and dogfights, but left us with hollow stereotypes for character development. BG has none of these failings, and in this series there are some great revelations which will definitely make a fan out of anyone with vaguely Sci-Fi tendencies.

This series we see that the Cylons are far more complex than we had first thought. They aren't simply mindless automotons, they each have their own indpendent views, relationships, hopes, and fears. We see more of how the rest of the fleet is coping with the exodus from the colonies. Series one focussed primarily on the battlestar itself and turned a blind eye to the other 48,000 people in this "rag-tag" fleet. Even better, the plot developments that happen are quite feasible and realistic. For instance in the context of extreme rationing, a black market was bound to open up for everything from medicines to prostitution.

The relationship between Gaius Baltar and his "is-she isn't she real?" ex-girlfriend Six takes on a new level of complexity too, particularly when Gaius comes across another incarnation of her that has been tortured and abused by the human military.

Even more satisfying is this season's ending, which takes a shocking and radical departure from the status quo.

I like this series because it really engages your brain. It's clearly been written by fellow sci-fi fans who know all the cliches and want to turn them on their head to engage with their audiences.

I mean throwing in a cameo from Lucy Lawless to a bunch of sci-fi fans?

These guys know what we like, so I say watch it by the bucketload!
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