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Battlestar Galactica - Season One

For those of us that remember the original 1970's television series, I really wasn't sure what to expect, from the revamped (2004 onwards) version of - Battlestar Galactica:

Battlestar Galactica - Season One

For me, the first four episodes, seemed to be full of both discontinuity, and the asking of a particular question: what on earth is going on? The Starfighter pilots - always seemed to be tired ... The Battlestar commanders - always seemed to be fatigued ... The Science Fiction Characters themselves, just didn't seem to be making much sense! Fortunately, I persevered, and eventually realised, that the remnants of the Human Race (as protected by the Battlestar Galactica), kept having to jump, to different locations in Space - as their enemy (the Cylons) were hot on their heels! My confusion, and hence the pondering of my question, came from the fact that I couldn't seem to fully connect with, the storylines - of the first four episodes (which are called 33, Water, Bastille Day, and the Act of Contrition). Until I realised one simple fact ... Perhaps this discontinuity (or at least the feeling of it) - was intentional? For having now watched, the entirety of season one, and seeing each episode increase, in it's levels of continuity/sense - do I know that this is the case :) As consider: how would you feel, if the entire Human Race, had just been (pretty much) annihilated, by it's own Robotic creation - the Cylons! Would you be firing on all four cylinders? I think not ... Even so, there are some major differences, between the new version of Battlestar Galactica, and the original version (of Battlestar Galactica). Perhaps the most fundamental difference, is the fact that Starbuck (the radical Starfighter pilot), is now portrayed, as a female character - as opposed to a male character. I found this confusing - especially in the earlier episodes! Another major difference, is the fact that the Cylons, can also appear as Human now - and as such, can easily fool their Human friends, counterparts and colleagues. I liked the fact, that such Cylons believe (at least to themselves), that they are also capable of experiencing, complex human emotions - such as the ability to love ... In particular, do such abilities, lead to a draw dropping season finale - with me in turn, uttering the phrase: I didn't see that coming! Another difference, which I quite liked, is the season's spicing up, of it's comedy element ... In the original series, I seem to recall that the comedy, mostly surrounded the character of Starbuck. In the new series, is this completely different - as the character that is wrapped in such comedy, is the Fleet's Scientific/Medical Doctor ... Only here, does Doctor Gaius Baltar, take this comedy to all new levels: having an in-his-head Cylon Girlfriend (but then again - is she a real Cylon?), whilst seeming to stumble through each episode (always ending up, in just the right place - at just the right time) and generally being off talking to himself (whilst jumping back into - a real conversation!). I think if it wasn't for him, then this series would have struggled, to capture an important human trait: the ability to have fun :) When it comes to the season's episodes, is there one that I found, to be considerably more memorable ... It's the episode called: You Can't Go Home Again, where Starbuck is shot down (into a moon-like atmosphere), and she ends up, having to save herself - by piloting a Cylon Starfighter (back to the Battlestar Galactica). I particularly enjoyed, Starbuck's ingenuity, as she battled to understand, both how to control and fly, the Cylon Starfighter (aka Raider) - as it's controls are totally different, to it's human counterpart (the Colonial Viper). As for the Battlestar Galactica herself? Well ... She has been completely updated, and is now rendered using, computer graphics :) Whilst still being both a Capital Ship, and the Flagship of the Human Fleet/Race - do I find that the Battlestar Galactica, is more akin to an Aircraft Carrier, rather than a Battleship (at least at present). This view is indeed supported, by her roles within this season - both in terms of the Starfighters (that she carries/deploys), and in terms of the Hopes of the Human Race (that she also carries). Overall: A revamped Science Fiction Fantasy series, that has many plot twists in it, and also many jumps in both locations, and storyline ... For example, I found myself wondering, exactly where/what, this Earth like Planet was - that the storyline, kept returning to? At first, I thought that they were memories (thanks to the fact that Cylons can look like Humans), but then I realised, that this Earth's storyline, was proceeding in parallel, with that on the Battlestar Galactica - and that the associated characters, had simply been left behind! And what of these Ruins? Well Doctor, you've been here before! But this is not Earth? And you are a Cylon ...

08/11/2016 | Nebula Hawk

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