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  • Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff
  • Created By: Ron Moore

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Season Premiere

By Stephen Lackey     October 12, 2006


Battlestar Galactica Cast
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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is the best sci-fi drama on TV and one of the best dramas of any genre ever made. The opening miniseries was a bit disappointing to me but when the seasons kicked in I was completely enthralled. I liked the old cheesy series from the 70's and I was a bit disappointed at all the changes made to this reboot but this is a dark serious series where the original was much cheesier when it originally aired, and especially now. At the end of last season the Colony had discovered a planet that was dubbed New Caprica. At the same time the corrupt Baltar was running for president against Roslin. Baltar used the planet as an issue for voters to get behind. Roslin didn't support settling on the planet. She believed that the Colony should continue the search for the elusive planet Earth. Baltar played on the people's wishes to get off their ships and settle on a planet to win the election. With Baltar's election to the Presidency the Colony settles on New Caprica. In a flash a year passes and we are reintroduced to the primary cast in their new environments and positions on the planet. Then at the end of the episode the Cylons discover the Colony and lead an assault on the planet.

In the two hour premiere Colonel Tigh and several other officers are leading an "insurgency" bombing Cylon bases and ships as they land and the Cylons are setting up a human police force convincing the humans to monitor themselves. The humans, not wanting to live under the rule of the Cylons resort to terrorist activities to retaliate against their oppressors. Through Moore's writing he tries to create a situation where we can understand and support terrorist activity that we normally would find appalling. The series has really had some great riffs on everything from 9/11, to abortion, to separation of church and state, and now the series makes a statement on the current ground war happening in Iraq. The humans and Cylons have switched places in the season premiere with the humans taking the role of terrorists and the Cylons taking the place of the government. There's no white and black, good and bad in this episode. You may still support the humans but you'll be asking yourself if you can support what they choose to do to fight back. I found myself in an uncomfortable spot while watching the episode as I continued to support the humans even as they made a decision that I could never support.

The commentary and deep drama ground the show and make it identifiable to those of us who don't get to fly around in space ships and jump through worm holes in space. In this season opener the drama is up a couple of notches as we see the once strong and powerful soldiers living in poverty with the pleated and authoritative uniforms replaced with rags. They represent a once proud people now just struggling to survive under the rule of the robots they used to have as slaves. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA has been a dark series from the beginning but last season's finale and this season premiere set the series on a new even more dramatic and even darker direction. The season premiere lives up to the best of the previous two seasons and continues to set the bar high not just for sci-fi TV but for nighttime drama in general.

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ponyboy76 10/12/2006 3:59:04 AM
I got a chance to watch the season premiere yesterday and I totally agree with everything said above. I found myself wondering these once proud humans could live with themselves, especially Tigh after the decisions they had made. At the same time, while I couldn't really get behind the act, considering the real life events happening today, I could understand why they were doing it. The episodes definitely gave you real look into the personalities of some of the cast, like Tigh, Gallan, and Kara, who I really feel sorry for right now. She is in a serious prison, physically, mentally and emotionally. Apollo has turned into a lazy fat body.
ponyboy76 10/12/2006 3:59:29 AM
Can't wait for the next episode.
panzerhd 10/12/2006 5:07:06 AM
Way to go Moore..........I believe he was soft, but you cant get to real for TV, people cant handle reality.(this is a fictous reality) I liked the season opener it made u feel uncomfortable about both sides. It makes me happy to see Moore portraying what war is really like. People that were free will never allow another group of people to controll them no matter the cost.(Dam I sound like a WACKO) Anyways cant wait till friday..........Good review Stephen........... May the Cyclons short out and rust........
mellon23 10/12/2006 7:03:15 AM
I heard a rumor that this show might move to NBC. I hope that doesn't happen; I don't think the mainstream broadcast network audience is ready for the gritty, hard-hitting storylines. It would probably get cancelled as fast as this season's Smith (which I am still mourning the loss) or perhaps a more fitting analogy would be last season's Over There (which I also still mourn). I hope to see many more seasons of BSG.
noblenonsense 10/12/2006 7:13:31 AM
Smith got cancelled?!?! They aired like three episodes!! Why not move the time they show it from 10 to 9? I loved that show (mainly Virginia Madsen...). Thats depressing... Atleast BSG will remain on the air. After watching it I FINALLY grasped the suicide bombings by the Palestinians. Felt uncomfortable with it but understood it nonetheless.
snallygaster 10/12/2006 7:42:42 AM
I have to admit, I'm concerned about BG's future. The season 3 debut only brought in 2.2M viewers despite a good bit of hype and publicity (last year's season opened to 3.1M viewers). I'm sure somebody out there is doing an eight-legged happy dance to the news... As for the episode itself, it was TV at its finest, and two hours that went by much too fast. Even the 10-part "web-isodes" on SciFi's website were engaging (those who haven't seen it should check it out - it fleshes out Tigh's resistance movement and gives the backstory to Jammer and Duck). I have to admit, I'm concerned about BG's future. The season 3 debut only brought in 2.2M viewers despite a good bit of hype and publicity (last year's season opened to 3.1M viewers). I'm sure somebody out there is doing an eight-legged happy dance to the news... As for the episode itself, it was TV at its finest, and two hours that went by much too fast. Even the 10-part "web-isodes" on SciFi's website were engaging (those who haven't seen it should check it out - it fleshes out Tigh's resistance movement and gives the backstory to Jammer and Duck).
snallygaster 10/12/2006 7:43:38 AM
Oops, sorry about that double-post-within-a-post. Not sure how that happened.
teabagging2000 10/12/2006 7:55:54 AM
I was waiting for a review of this, thanks Stephen. I had built this up in my mind for months, and was not disappointed in the slightest. Having read other message boards it is amazing the emotional response the premiere received. The subject matter apparently made some fans so uncomfortable accusations of a political agenda or even sympatizing with the enemy have been tossed around. What better subject matter to address in a show that hasn't been shy about building parallels to current events before? I said the season finale was the best 2 hours of TV I watched in some time...this was better. Every story line was great and I can't wait to see how Adama pulls off a rescue. One interesting point I read was Col. Tigh as Bin Laden. The hat, beard, cane and limp AND head of a similiar organization really got me thinking. Anyway, frak those toasters! Except those hot ones, cause they're OK.
ponyboy76 10/12/2006 8:31:12 AM
I`m not trying to start a rumor or anything, but I just really hope that Sci Fi keeps BSG going. It is such a good show. It just when execs see drops in rating they get all riled up and start wanting to change things in the show and if that doesn't work they can it. I don`t want it to go the way of Farscape or something. It has to be one of SciFi`s highest rated shows regardless.
karlschneider 10/12/2006 9:22:55 AM
This show isn't moving to NBC, it was just a rumor.
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