Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TV Series of the Month – Battlstar Galactica

This month’s TV series is Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009).

The sci-fi drama is about a few ships (specifically a soon-to-be decommissioned battlestar called Galactica) that survive a sneak attack by the Cylon robots – an attack that obliterated almost all life on the twelve colonies. Now with dwindling supplies, crushed morale and emanate attack by the Cylons, Galactica and a small civilian fleet search for the fabled thirteenth colony: Earth, while trying to not be destroyed. The series is by Ronald D. Moore (a writer on Roswell and many Star Trek series and movies: TNG, DS9, Generations, and First Contact) and David Eick (producer on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and American Gothic). Michael Rymer directed the bulk of the show’s episodes, doing the best work of his career (to date), including the excellent two-part miniseries that introduces the series. It also has a brilliant cast (shaking things up from the original series): Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Katee Sackhoff, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Alessandro Juliani, Kandyse McClure feature as series regulars; and there are many reoccurring characters and well-known guest stars. What made it such a great show, in addition to the awesome sci-fi action, was that the storylines both multi-episode or season arcs and single episodes strived to be rich with character and intellectually and dramatically engaging with their subject matter. I especially liked the show’s take on religion (somewhat mirroring Rome during the dawn of Christianity: the state religion was that of multiple Gods, while Christianity was gaining popularity with one God at the center). Fans of sci-fi need to watch this show as it is among the best (with Firefly, DS9, TNG, and Babylon 5). Check out the trailer.

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Streaming

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