Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Battlestar Galactica

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Transmitted:December 2003 - January 2010
Country of origin:USA
Genre:Epic space battles, arc plotline, re-imagining of a cult classic
Starring:Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Grace Park, Michael Hogan
No. of seasons:4

Stunning update of Glen A. Larson's cheap and cheerful sci-fi classic.
Many of the character names are the same, though some of the sexes have been changed (Boomer and Starbuck are now female for example).
The Cylons have also been altered too. Yep, they are still present in their robotic form and, yes, they still have the red beam flashing from side to side across their faces, but there are another breed of Cylon that look like humans. Multiple copies of the same DNA are used to house their essence, and as one dies, a new one takes their place.
The special effects are just staggering, and the acting too is about as good as you can see anywhere outside of a movie.
The plot is complex and intriguing, taking in religion, politics, and an epic scope to the overall story arc.
Sci-fi fans everywhere should watch this show as it could yet end up being just about the best space set series yet conceived.

UPDATE - Season 4 has been officially announced as the final season. The first half has aired in America, and will be completed early 2009, as the second half was delayed due to the writer's strike.

UPDATE - A finale that really did not disappoint. I must confess to a little confusion about certain aspects of the plot resolution, but that's ok as it is just an excuse to watch the whole damn thing again from the start.
A magnificent series that will have knock on effects for sci-fi on TV for years to come.
Truly remarkable.

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