Finally, much to the happiness of a good friend of mine, I finally managed to finish watching the reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” in its entirety. And since I am sort of a completist (someone who watches everything, including the webisodes and the television movies in the right order), I mean that I have seen everything except for the deleted scenes, which I plan to get to slowly but surely, even though I have started a new series, just so that I have some “Battlestar Galactica” stuff left to cling on to.
Before my friend recommended it to me, I have seen it on several lists, from “Best Sci Fi Series of All Time”, to “Best TV Series of All Time”. And, after watching it, I understand why it was placed alongside titles such as “The Sopranos”, “Star Trek”, “The Wire” and “Mad Men”.
Among all of the shows that I have seen, this show is definitely on a higher level than most shows today.
It has the most well-rounded, real and complex characters, good writing, and excellent acting all around. It is also probably the most realistic show that I have ever seen, and that is saying something, as this show is a science fiction show set in outer space.
Aside from this, “Battlestar Galactica” addresses and delves into a wide range of complex and uncomfortable topics that a lot of shows shy away from presenting- from moral ambiguities, to matters of faith and religion, and exploring into the meaning of humanity when thrust into impossible situations.
It also has a great soundtrack, care of the great Bear McCreary, which only heightens and helps create that total experience that they want the audience to feel. (His cover version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” still haunts me until now.)
This show also presented me a roster of actors and actresses, who, no matter how important they were, gave their all in each and every episode that they were in. And I think that what they did here is probably some of their best work.
The show also never failed to surprise me with the twists and turns, and with the fact that I could never totally pick on whose side I am on, especially as what you would consider the main antagonist/s are pretty complex as well. At the same time, I was surprised at the fact that I ended up liking some characters whom I thought I would never like at all. (For the record, my favorite characters are Aaron Douglas’ Chief Galen Tyrol, Katee Sackhoff’s Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, Mary McDonnell’s President Laura Roslin, Jamie Bamber’s Lee Adama, and Luciana Carro’s Lt. Louanne “Kat” Katraine).
And yes, this all seems like an echo of what I wrote in a previous post about “Battlestar Galactica”, but now that I’ve finally seen it in its entirety, I can confidently say that this show is definitely on my own list of top ten television shows of all time, and that is saying something.
In fact, it will be hard for me to find a new series to watch, but let’s see how “Fringe” will treat me, as I will be consuming that one next.
Favorite Episode/s & Moments:
The New Caprica Arc (Lay Down Your Burdens Pt I & II, The Resistance Webisodes, Occupation, Precipice, Exodus Pt. I & II)
The Pegasus Arc (Pegasus, Razor, Ressurrection Ship I & II)