well, i’ve just finished a week long binge on the first series of the new batalstar galactica after having had it reccomended by several people. i have quite a lot to say about it – both good and bad – but let me preface this with the fact that i only know two things about the original: 1) that the cylon’s weren’t shaped like supermodels and 2) that face from the A-team was in it. also, critiscisms aside i did enjoy it otherwise i wouldn’t have watched the whole season in the inside of a week…
the rest of the post is spoilerific if you haven’t seen it yet…
things i liked about it:
gaius baltar – he cracks me up. he’s got a hard life hasn’t he? what with all that trying to be a genius whilst an invisible hot blonde has her hands down his pants. he is also a good old fashioned amoral worm. he’s an endearing little worm, but a worm nonetheless. all his screen time is gold.
evil bitch – when the afformentioned (and referentially named) number six oh so casually snaps that baby’s neck. brrrrrrrrrrr.
theology in space – i’m pleasantly surprised by the faith/religion/prophesy/fate/destiny themes going on. it’s very unusual in that i don’t really know where it’s headed and i like that. it’s not an obvious THIS IS ABOUT GOD message, or a straightforward science is fact, god is fiction axiom either. i look forward to seeing how this progresses.
apollo – my other half thinks he’s ‘wet’ but i think he’s kind of cute. in a sub-cristian-slater sort of a way.
the robot cylons – they are mean and metal and fast and still make big gooey blood-messes when they die. cool.
the sacraficial decisions – the hard ‘war’ choices like letting 200 people die to gaurentee saving 2, 0000 etc..
the drama – is just good enough to push it out of being ‘soapy’ and kept me engaged
but: (things i didn’t like about it)
the drama – at times i wanted a bit more sci with my fi
all the frackin’ fracks – i realise this is an homage to the old show (ooh look – i really know three things about it!) but it’s very annoying. and far too frequent. there are couple of episodes that are a frack a minute. JUST SAY FUCK. it sits weirdly alongside all the shagging and killing and makes you feel like ned flanders ended up in a post-watershed show by mistake. i paricularly hated when it was used at a serious part because it would totally undermine the moment for me. gimicky and annoying.
starbuck – o.k, my issue is not with her but with the classically prime-time demographic carrot that she is. she is text book dyke fodder and yet is as straight as you get. this is not me saying that all sassy cigar smoking chicks are gay (?) but let’s be realistic – in the annals of time you will find her filed neatly alongside ripley and sarah conner in the box marked ‘straight but the ladies love ’em’ are we really to believe that in the whole twelve colonies there is not a single homo? big shows allways wimp out of actually making characters gay but are quite happy to rake in the fanbucks they are courting with a character like starbuck. all joking aside, it could have created some interesting character friction when sat alongside issues of procreation and ‘re-building’ the human race…
grace park – can’t act for toffee. which is just great since there are about a million of her.
i hate to end on the negative, because i did really like it and it is a step in the right direction for ‘serious’ t.v sci-fi (ie not farscape) and i plan on watching the second series as soon as possible
oh, i don’t know – it just didn’t ring my bell as much as i was hoping.