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    Much American Critic-Love For Ronald Moore's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA!!
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    The British have been watching Ron Moore’s reimagined “Battlestar Galactica” since October (and get its 12th installment Monday). But at least America's tardy SciFi Channel is good enough to kick off the show’s first regular season Friday night with two new back-to-back hours.

    The reviews are pretty spectacular. (Even original “Galactica” actor Richard Hatch stopped badmouthing the new series after it cast him as a guest star!)

    The critics speak:

    The Hollywood Reporter says:


    For character-driven, hard-edged science fiction, the return of "Battlestar Galactica" can't be beaten. Where the original series cruised in with campy derring-do, this re-imagining of the franchise is "space noir," with actors playing it for high, realistic stakes. Old fans of the series may be a mite disappointed at the changes, but this fast-paced, tense and dramatic hourlong has plenty of choice rewards for viewers and upholds the smart promise of the 2003 miniseries. … The visuals and sound effects are extremely cool, with spaceships rendered as both sleek and dangerous, and the noises of fast-moving fighter ships toned down from the high-pitched whines of the original series. Characters Lee "Apollo" Adama (Jamie Bamber), who is the commander's son; Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Katee Sackhoff); and Colonel Tigh (Michael Hogan) are all generously dysfunctional and fun to follow.

    Variety says:


    Niftily picking up where the 2003 miniseries left off, the new franchise provides solid storytelling … Those who don't frequent Internet chat rooms have missed much of the off-screen drama surrounding "Galactica's" voyage, with plenty of overheated bleating from fans of the original that has gone a long way toward giving sci-fi nerds a bad name. Fortunately, producers of the new show have mostly tuned out the static and stuck to their guns, crafting a very adult series whose principle shortcoming is being almost unrelentingly grim -- though not inappropriately so, given the subject matter. … in terms of top-notch sci-fi fare on a budget, this impressive new vessel flies well beyond its predecessor.

    The Los Angeles Times says:


    … all of the characters and relationships are deepened in the new show. Far more serious in tone, Sci Fi's "BG" greatly improves upon the bad scripts and wooden acting of the original show (which, admittedly, is part of its charm for some people). The show could use a little more humor, and that may come as supporting players step into more prominent roles, but the first several episodes bode well for a series that should eventually win over fans, old and new.

    USA Today says:


    Those looking for a more exciting space-adventure alternative to Enterprise should be thrilled by the series return of the hit miniseries Battlestar Galactica … revival of the late '70s show — considered camp now, and lousy then. There's nothing camp about this darker, smarter, morally ambiguous update, which again follows the survivors of a sneak Cylon attack as they try to save humanity and find Earth. … The show stresses the sex a little too aggressively, the better to pull in teen boys. Nevertheless, this promising show is more the heir to Farscape than the old Battlestar, which is all for the best.



    The Arizona Republic says:


    … takes itself very seriously. It is the most ambitious science-fiction series since The Twilight Zone. … Friday's series opener is as compelling a piece of suspense and human drama as anything on the major networks. …

    The Boston Herald says:


    … could end up being one of the best sci-fi television outings ever … An intelligent, attention-demanding, character-driven show, it marks a maturing of the sci-fi series genre. … it's the dense narrative and impressive cast that stand out. The episodes aren't neat little ``Trek'' allegories or tidy ``Stargate'' shoot-'em-ups. The series is more like a sci-fi ``The Big Red One,'' moving through the real and sometimes small emotions and personal interplay of life under close-quarters duress. Crises often play out over multiple episodes of the continuing story line. Sometimes this makes the pacing feel off and the tone flat - until an episode or two later you realize the story was building to some ingenious surprise. This is a show that takes its time and challenges its audience, which is as welcome as it is rare. …

    The San Jose Mercury News says:


    … [the miniseries] caused a huge uproar among fans of the original who seemed to have forgotten just how bad the show was. … now back as a weekly series -- and quite a good one … far darker, a good deal scarier and a whole lot sexier than the original. … loaded with surprisingly strong stuff, including provocative takes on terrorism and the politics of genocide. The special effects are unexpectedly good. And the acting … is light-years better than in the original.

    Newsday says:


    … the new version from producer Ronald D. Moore more than fulfills the promise of his miniseries smash of a year ago. … This is no video game …

    People Magazine says:


    … there’s more than enough action to keep the show from getting preachy … Unfortunately, the Jan. 21 episode suffers from guest-star casting of Richard Hatch (Apollo in the ABC original), who seems rather rusty as a supposedly charismatic rebel. …

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:


    easily the best show the network has put on since "Farscape." … smart, deliberative drama … Two things make this series a vast improvement over the miniseries: Show runner Ron Moore and his writing staff now feel free to dig deeper into the characters, and the show's pace and tone, though still sometimes slow and somber by conventional standards, has been opened up and made more accessible. Lighter moments have been added and the show's scope has grown more epic ...

    Here’s what Ain’t It Cool’s Brit reviewers said about 1.1 back on Oct. 18:

    Battlestar Galactica 1.1 FAQ

    Where does it pick up from the mini-series?
    Apparently 118.5 hours after the mini-series left off. This has all been without sleep for the Galactica’s crew as the Cylons are continually chasing them – this is brilliantly outlined in the opening 5 minutes of the show; exactly 33 minutes after each faster than light jump the Cylons jump in again to harrass the convoy on its way. This is now the 237th jump that the convoy has made in a row and nerves are getting tattered.

    Is Gaius still hallucinating about the gorgeous 6?
    Oh yes – she’s still present and correct appearing both with the rest of the crew of Colonial 1, where Gaius currently is (but of course they can’t see her) and in scenes of Caprica in Gaius’s imagination. She apparently continues to maintain a neutral point of view in their discussions together which still leaves us undecided whether she is just part of his imagination or whether she did implant a chip in his brain, as suggested in the mini-series.
    His mental state seems even more erratic to the others especially when he hears that there is a doctor from the Defense Department amongst the survivors who wants to talk to the President about something he’s uncovered – about how the Cylons got through their defenses.

    Do we find out how many people are surviving in the convoy?
    50,298 but this number is dwindling; notably in an incident involving the carrier that this “doctor with information” is on which Gaius is both relieved and appalled about…

    Any other news?
    The guy who was Boomer’s co-pilot (callsign ‘Helo’, apparently) who was left behind on Caprica is still alive! He even meets up with an old friend…

    What’s Good?
    Damn near everything. The character work is still evident even in the limited room given in the tense first hour – there’s even some time for a small amount of humour between Starbuck and Apollo involving drugs (well how else did you think they’d stay awake for over 100 hours solid? Double espressos?). It’s as bleak as the mini-series was too; with that and the tension through most of the episode you’ll be on the edge of your seat for most of the episode. The effects shots are still great too; having that same ‘realistic’ feel to the camerawork that was on show in the mini-series (although they do re-use the Combat Landing shot used before – so shades of the original series there!).

    What’s Bad?
    Very little – this is good intelligent sci-fi. Maybe a few more character moments would be good but this is something that they can address in the next episode – they definitely needed to address what the Cylons would be doing in this first episode.

    Tricky’s rating for “Galactica” 1.1?


    *****

    The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:
    ***** better than we deserve
    **** better than most motion pictures
    *** actually worth your valuable time
    ** as horrible as most stuff on TV
    * makes you quietly pray for bulletins


    “Dragonsteeth” says:

    Hey Herc

    I’ve just seen the first episode of the new Battlestar Galactica series courtesy of SkyOne in the UK, I’d seen the miniseries on the same channel last week and was very impressed. It’s slick, stylish, and in Edward James Olmos, one of the best actors around, a believable leader of the rag tag fugitive fleet. All the characters, and it’s a big cast, have been given enough of a background to make you want to learn more and get to know them. Writers of Star Trek Enterprise take note!! The original series for me was all about spectacle and I loved it. However you didn’t really get the full scope of the desperation and utter destruction that befell the colonies in an instant. The new series solves that and also gives a background to the Cylons and in the character of number six an interesting insight into how the enemy thinks.

    The first episode ‘33’ follows the fleet as they run for their lives. Having gone without sleep for days tempers are frayed and hope of survival is fading as after each successive light speed jump the Cylons find them 33 minutes later and attack. How can they find them, when will it stop, and how long before fatigue causes the fleet to make an error that cost them their lives. Amongst the palpable sense of doom and the fear of knowing there may be a traitor amongst them the crew struggle to keep things together, and when disaster does strike all the President can do is keep track of the falling number of survivors in the fleet.

    It was good stuff and it keeps the tension going well as you watch the clock count down to the 33 minute deadline to see if the Cylons can find them again. Alongside the main story we get to follow what happened to Boomer’s friend who gave up his place on the shuttle to let Baltar on board. I didn’t expect to see him again and it will be interesting to see what happens next. I really enjoyed it and want to see more of Galactica to see were the writers take this adventure. Just when I was starting to despair that I would never see a good Sci-fi show again with Farscape more or less gone and Enterprise just re-cooked past trek episodes or just some weeks just prize winning crap, Battlestar gives me hope and I can’t wait till next week’s episode.

    Be seeing you

    “Cheeze” says:

    Just though you might like to know, I didn't have high hopes when watching the mini-series remake of this. It was different to the original series, where you had one story, whether the warriors were on the Galactica or in their vipers in the middle of a dogfight, because, at the end of the day, that's what the whole thing in my mind was about, the struggle a group of people had protecting the survivors of their race against an overwhelming enemy in testing times. I tended to ignore all the egyptian stuff, it gets lost on pre-teens.

    When I saw the mini-series, I didn't mind about the gender swapping or any of the other controversy. What pissed me off the most was that you lost the personal connection with the dogfights in space. There were so many grey little specs darting all over the bloody place, you just didn't connect the 'epic' dogfight scenes with the people who were supposed to be in the ships. It came across a little...stale. It was like one story intercut with little sci-fi set pieces that just didn't work for me.

    The first episode of the series has just finished on sky, and I'm glad to report that the signs are that they realized this in between making the mini-series and the series proper. It managed a good mix of familiarity for those who wanted something resembling the old series, while enough originality to hopefully attract a new audience who ain't, like me, in their thirties and can remember the original to compare it to. I think I can see why Richard Hatch done an about-face and is now going to appear in the series. I hope it's an indicator of the direction the series to come will follow.



    “The Harbinger of Fish” says:

    Just finished watching the first new episode of Battlestar Galactica '33' here in the UK.

    It's a promising continuation of what was begun in last year's miniseries (Count me as a positive on the mini too). Here's my attempt at a review.

    *WARNING SPOILERS*

    The good:

    - Baltar's serendipitous repentance to number six (It makes sense when you watch it!).

    - Cylons hunting a lone Colonial in the forest.

    - The president sacraficing 1300 people in order to save the rest of the fleet.

    The bad

    - I didn't like the 9/11 'wall of photographs' reference... it didn't make much sense in the context of the story.

    - Half a dozen of the SFX shots near the beginning of the hour were taken from the miniseries.

    Overall, the SFX were great, the writing more solid than the miniseries, and the acting believable. I'll definitely be sticking with it.

    PS : LOST is definitely the best new show of the year.



    “Dark Avenger” has a take:

    Battlestar Galactica 1.1 FAQ

    What's it called?
    "33". So named for the 33 minutes which pass between each attempted Cylon attack and the subsequent jump to light-speed which the entire surviving fleet must make to avoid total annihilation (the episode opens with their 237th consecutive jump and the weary crew at breaking point). Don't ask why it's every 33 minutes.....

    What does TV Guide say?
    "After Cylons destroyed the Universe, can mankind's few survivors find the mythical planet Earth?"

    Ok, how's the title sequence?
    The theme is certainly less grandiose than the original, more akin to a gentler version of the Earth: Final Conflict intro, before kicking up the tempo to an intense tribal beat. Some nice lookin' clips from the series play during this.

    Is Starbuck still a chick?
    Yep. Still undecided on her after episode one. And speaking of chicks, Number Six is also still present. Oh yeah!

    What do we learn?
    Less than 50,000 humans remain following the destruction of the 12 colonies, so it's looking like resistance is futile.........so to speak. Also, Baltar keeps seeing Number Six (it's not clear if he has completely lost it at this point or if it's the product of some Cylon technical wizardry).

    The good?
    Lots. This is an awesome follow-up to the very solid miniseries. The action sequence on the Cylon-occupied planet of Caprica is pretty cool as are the space FX. Edward James Olmos(Adama) and Jim Callis(Baltar) are both note-perfect in their respective roles. The ticking-clock motif, onboard memorial and casualty scoreboard are all nice touches. The harsh reality of war is also well played out - how one simple human error (or perhaps not) can lead to the loss of 1,300+ lives, etc.

    The bad?
    Jamie Bamber's portrayal of Apollo leaves a lot of room from improvement (c'mon, no one could ever had accused Richard Hatch of being a wet blanket).

    How does it end?
    The total number of survivors goes up by one. Aww.



    “R of Loxley” says:

    Greetings from Nottingham, home of Robin Hood and...er...Robin Hood.

    Just a quick email about the first episode of Battlestar Galactica that screened tonight in the UK. If you use this please call me Moon Zero Two (well, I like it).

    I'll keep this brief, as I'm sure you'll get hundreds - OK, tens - of emails tonight from Brit-based readers anxious to spill the beans on the brand new series of Galactica. Let's face it, we don't get out much over here (unless of course we are off to the pub, sipping afternoon tea by the village green or dodging dentists generally) so, sadly, this is something for us to get excited about. So, was it any good? Amazingly...

    ...yes!

    Maybe I'm still tired or hung over from the weekend but visually this programme was stunning to look at; the FX were first rate for TV and the production design overall was top notch. The music is also very strong: unobtrusive, even chilled at times. Not sure about the theme tune but I'm sure it will grow on me (yes, I'll be watching next week). The acting too was very good and very straight-faced. Starbuck may be a girl but she was more of a man in this than the original ever was! If you don't believe me just compare their haircuts. However, perhaps the best thing about Battlestar Galactica 2004 so far is the fact that it's adult viewing - adult as in mature, not adult as in find yourself a real girlfriend - and enriched in a post 11/9 (sorry, 9/11) desperation that might prove to be the show's major strength. Until they land on casino planet or wild west planet that is!

    Anyway, it's past my bedtime but for what it's worth I liked it and it helped me get the ironing done. (And we got it first SO THERE!)



    “Viridian Alien Horde” says:

    The UK getting the world preview of the new series of Battlestar Galactica a couple of months before the US, eh? Hey, it’s nice to get some payback for Tony Blair rolling over and let Dubya tickle his tummy for the past couple of years (though I’m not sure that when he said, “Look, I want to see the spaceship plans, George” that this is quite what he meant).

    You have no idea of the sheer, visceral pleasure us denizens of this particular part of the North Atlantic have in writing the following and winging it across the ether to the US of A: Spoiler Alert. Yup, not only have we produced the funniest film in years with Shaun of the Dead and will see the new Doctor Who waaaay before anyone else beyond these shores does, but we know what happens in the Galactica universe before you do. Hyuk.

    So, I’ll say it again. Spoilers sail the choppy waters beyond this sentence. Watch out me hearties, aaarrrrrr.

    So, where are our merry crew then? Well, it’s been about five days since the twelve colonies were somewhat pulverised by the Cylon menace and things aren’t looking too good for the home side. The problem with being pursued across the galaxy by a race of relentless robots is that, well, they do tend to be a bit on the relentless side and the strain on Galactica is showing.

    The crew’s been without sleep for 130.35 hours, the cylon fleet keeps turning up every 33 minutes like clockwork, and something really has to give. Meanwhile, Dr Baltar’s virtual Number 6 has got God in a fairly major way, the numbers in the gene pool keep tumbling downwards, Helo is fighting a solo rearguard action as the rains pour down on the devastated Caprica back home and, to top it all, it looks like Boomer might not even know she’s a cylon herself.

    The big question right here and right now is though can the show make the transition from four-hour mini series to full-on episodic glory (kind of a reverse transition to the one Farscape is just going through)? On the evidence of this first ep, that’ll be a yes. There’s a cloying claustrophobia to this episode that’s pretty impressive, leading you to conclude that in launching a series in such a downbeat way, those that know where it’s headed have got to be pretty confident of their roadmap. Cylons chase humans/humans escape/cylons track down humans/cylons chase humans again and so on ad infinitum is not going to work for anyone in 2005.

    Beyond the plot of any individual episode, however, it also seems to check all the boxes it needs to to get the wide world of sf fandom on board en masse. There are multiple story arcs kicking off in the background, including some intriguing inter-cylon rivalry; it’s got a tense, edgy atmosphere (crucial for these paranoid times – watch out for the very affecting scene where a corridor becomes a cross between a vast missing persons register and a memorial); there is enough crytpicism to keep newsgroups happily chewing over the bones for a while; and it’s also got plenty of two-legged eye candy, Number 6 continuing the tradition of intergalactic robotic crumpet on the small screen by out-sevening 7 of 9. Plus, and this is the clincher, it’s not made by Fox so has got a good chance of not dying still-born before it gets time to really show what it can do.

    Talking of which, the effects work hits the same superb high standards as both the mini series managed last year and Firefly (a pox on all your descendents, Fox Television Execs, may your stomachs roast in hell) did before it; all shaky handheld shots, focus pulls and the like. This contributes greatly to the show’s overall aura of gritty realism, giving the whole project an almost semi-documentary like feeling.

    And gritty is what it is. Forget Ronald D Moore’s previous sojurn in the Trek universe, the grime, the grit and the creeping sense of paranoia Galactica engenders tend to remind you more of the best moments of Babylon 5 than anything else. It’s a post-24 B5 though, Galactica being more sharply edited and jittery, not to mention being capable of hitting bleaker moments than even B5 ever managed. Sadly, however, the comparison also extends to J Michael Stracynski’s occasional wooden ear for dialogue too, the odd banal utterance falling to the deck with an all too audible clunk.

    That is forgivable though. Characters take a while to establish, so too do writing teams, and it’ll be more than interesting to see what they manage to brew up together as season one progresses.

    Oh yeah, can’t really go without mentioning the original series, BG:TOS. It’s simple really; everybody has to grow up, people. You’ve done it, now let your TV shows do it too.



    “J.” chimes in:

    Just watched the season premiere.

    For me, it carries on exactly as the mini series left off, so if you enjoyed that you'll like the series. I felt the mini was strong when it concentrated on the shit hitting the fan, the tragedy's and the tough choices. It was weal and amateurish when it slowed down to look at Baltar's relationship with the weird fembot thing, or when it tried to be a soap opera.

    The first episode of the series shows both of these sides. It starts with the fleet still on emergency footing, the Cylons are attacking every 33 minutes, leading to some pretty good tension. Theres plenty of moments that play to the allegory of post-9/11, moments that look at people dealing with the stress and the loss. Moments stressing the effect the rising death toll has on those left alive.

    In the tradition of the best of DS9 this is not so much sci-fi as a 'war movie set in space', and the tough choices that were made in the mini continue here. Does the President shoot down a civillian craft when it breaks radio contact and possibly poses a threat?

    However, the weaknesses of the mini still shine through aswell, and the pace and tension is stopped in its tracks several times to concentrate on Baltar's Fembot (now also sporting a white Mac. Character development), and not all the characters have yet settles into the show, some still seeming forced or out of place.

    Still, for me at least, it looks promising. It has at least earned a chance.



    “Wolf at the Door” says:

    How does it look, you ask?
    Not terrible, but not great either.

    How does it start?
    With a ‘previously on Battlestar Galactica’ clip package from the mini-series. Then we get the pre-title setup. Galactica and the fleet have been on the run for 5 days, with the Cylons attacking like clockwork every 33 minutes. The fleet has made 237 jumps and everyone is showing the strain, unshaven, etc.

    What’s the title sequence like?
    More Shots from the mini-series – the cities being attacked, mushroom clouds, vipers fighting cylons, the fleet jumping – with enya-like pipes and chimes. I’ve seen and heard worse (Enterprise) but it don’t exactly get the blood pumping.

    Is the hot Cylon babe still around?
    There is hot Cylon action from the very beginning.

    What about sexy Boomer? Is Boomer showing any Cylon-like tendancies?
    No. She shows human-like crankiness like the rest of the crew. Although the other crew joke at one point that “she’s a cylon” because she doesn't seem to suffer from lack of sleep.

    What’s Apollo doing?
    Conducting ‘Hill Street Blues’-style flight briefings with the pilots. He even says “let’s be careful out there”. Plus he also argues with Starbuck.

    How’s Starbuck?
    Still ugly, annoying and generally unlikeable as a character.

    And Dr Gaius?
    Lots of hallucinating conversations with the hot cylon babe. He becomes alarmed to learn that another scientist wants to speak to the President about how the Cylons really penetrated the defence system.

    And on Cylon-occupied Caprica?
    Cylon-occupied Capria? No I wasn’t expecting this either. But Boomer’s old crewmate is on the run. This may be setting up a 1984/Matrix-style subplot because he gets captured pretty quick. And then rescued by Boomer!

    Uh? Boomer’s on Caprica?
    Or someone who looks like her…

    And the 9/11 parallels?
    These come thick and fast throughout the episode. First, there’s lots of 9/11-style impromptu photo memorials for victims of the cylon attack. Second, the President and her staff keep revising the death toll. Third, the Vipers are forced to shoot down one of the fleet that turns up late after a jump (it may have been infiltrated by Cylons). Plus the Cylons keep talking about god.

    Is it as good as the original series of Galactica?
    Hmm. I have fond memories of the original Battlestar Galactica. Mostly fond memories of laughing at it because even as an 8 year old, my friends and I could recognize a bad Star-Wars rip-off when we saw it. Nonetheless, there were some cool things about the original Galactica. The special effects (Dykstra went straight from Star Wars to Galactica), the Cylons, the title music, the Vipers.
    So does the new series retain what was good and jettison the old? Not so much. It's replaced cheesy with dark and gritty &i really admire the naturalistic tone of the show, but Moore forgot to bring the funny – there ain’t many laughs in the new Galactica other than the unintentional ones. None of the characters are very interesting, many of them are insipid and one or two of them are just fucking annoying. When a show makes you long for the chemistry of the Enterprise crew or even the Voyager crew, then you know you have some serious problems.

    Here’s what Ain’t It Cool’s Brit reviewers said about 1.2 back on Oct. 25:

    We begin with scurvy-ridden “Tricky”:

    Hi Herc,

    Following up with my review from last week - here's my thoughts on this week's episode. Forgot to mention last week - apologies for the theft of your editorial style but I've been following your spoilers for the last few years and the way you present things is always appreciated. For us (usually) behind-the-times UK viewers your bits and pieces on Alias, 24, Buffy and Angel have kept me enthralled!

    Anyway, here we go:

    Battlestar Galactica 1.2 FAQ

    How does it begin?
    Boomer wakes up soaking wet, obviously unaware of what she’s been doing to get in that state. Looking through a bag at her feet she finds a bomb! Whilst furtively returning the bomb to the small arms locker on-ship she opens up a box of detonators to place the one from the bomb in her bag back in the locker, only to find that at least 6 other detonators are missing – cut to shots of bombs ticking away secreted in Galactica’s innards… I guess Boomer is living up to her name! (sorry)

    So what’s been “rigged to blow” then?
    Well after Herc rated my review last week as fairly spoiler-ific I thought I’d best not reveal too much here.

    So what else is going on then?
    Supplies are running short - tensions are running high (I’m sensing a theme here so far in this series!) and one of the causes of the short supplies (hey, I’m trying not to reveal too much here!) brings up the question of Cylon agents again; yeah, I bet you all wondered when they were going to bring that back into it, huh?

    Sounds like possibly a more action-driven episode like the first one? Were you wrong when you suggested that this episode would be more character-driven stuff?
    Hah! No! Whilst there is some action courtesy of the bomb element, this episode makes with the character-type stuff! The interplay between Commander Adama and the President is full of nuance. There’s even a moment of flirting between Baltar and Starbuck during a Poker game (or whatever it’s called round these parts – Pyramids, wasn’t it in the old series?!) and Boomer discovering herself doing odd things brings an edgy element to her relationship with the Crew Chief (I’m forgetting his name right now).

    Do we see any more of Helo, back on Caprica?
    Indeed we do – he receives a signal which his companion seems to take an untoward amount of interest in (again, I’m trying to keep this spoiler free, okay?)

    What’s Good?
    This is a fantastically paced episode – they’ve taken the time to drive forward more of the characters whilst maintaining the edge-on-the-seat stuff that makes this such a compelling piece of television.

    What’s Bad?
    Erm… I wish this was on BBC so that there were no bloody adverts – much like 24, I think this series would flow better without these constant interruptions! Other than that… not much at all that I can think of.

    “Tricky’s” rating for “Battlestar: Galactica” 1.2?

    *****

    The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:
    ***** better than we deserve
    **** better than most motion pictures
    *** actually worth your valuable time
    ** as horrible as most stuff on TV
    * makes you quietly pray for bulletins

    On to “Kevin”:

    Battlestar Galactica 1.2 FAQ

    What's it called?
    "Water". There's lots of it in this particular installment. As in Boomer dripping wet in her clingy clothes, Number Six naked in a tub of the stuff and a real lack of it following an apparent case of sabotage.

    What does TV Guide say?
    "Sharon (Boomer!) wakes up soaking wet, covered in red stains, carry an explosive. Six more bombs are missing from the locker. Who's controlling her and where has she been?"

    She's been uncovered already?!
    Not this week. Thanks to her very up close and personal relationship with Tyrol, she manages to recover the last bomb. Although not before the other five have done some serious damage to the Galactica.

    Is Starbuck still a chick?
    Yes, quit asking! Although I'm anticipating a Crying Game-style reveal any moment now.....

    Does Apollo still suck?
    Sadly, yes. Granted, his guilt over his role in last week's events is pretty poorly written, however, I can't believe that Adama Sr. would've raised such a mama's boy as him. I ask you, is it too freakin' late to recast this role?! *cough* Ben Browder *cough*.........

    What do we learn?
    Supplies of food and water are becoming a big concern. Can't wait to see their version of Alive in space!

    The good?
    Edward James Olmos(Adama) and Jim Callis (Baltar) still reign supreme in the performance stakes. The writers are taking care to look at the obvious issues early on in the show (last week - exhaustion, this week - paranoia, resources running out). Also, a lot of threads are dangling at this point which can only be good - when will the Cylon agent be uncovered? Will Helo and Boomer No. 2 escape from Caprica? How long before Col. Tigh falls off the wagon again? Will Baltar go completely insane before or after the crew learn of his role in the Cylon attacks? Overall, it's not bad, although certainly a step down from last week's fantastic edition.

    The bad?
    7 days 'til the next episode (guest starring Richard Hatch, I think, woo-hoo!).

    How does it end?
    There's still at least one Cylon still operating onboard the Galactica.

    9 p.m. Friday. SciFi.
    there is no energy shortage, there is a shortage of imagination

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    I watched the first two eps. My review: Not bad. In fact, pretty good.

    I never watched the original, so I am basing my opinion on the show in and of itself. It has a good pace, and some good story ideas. There is definitely stuff to build on.

    What I didn't like were the many scene of Dr. Gaius and number six. It takes up too much time and slows things down.

    While I liked the whole Boomer storyline, I wonder if the signs are pointing to a quick exit for her. I mean, how long can it be before they figure it out? And the side plot about the other Boomer on the planet is dragging out too long. We know she is going to lead the Cylon to destroy the other survivors. Just get it done with.

    There's enough here to get me to watch at least one more week.

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    Well the 'series premiere' aired last night, here in canada on Space. i tune in, and all of a sudden i get a "previously on battlestar galactica'. whats goin on with that???

    Space had been airing ads about the 'series premiere, on saturday january 15th, at 8pm EST' for weeks. i finally decide to watch it and its the second episode?? i had no idea what was going on!

    having not seen the original at all, i'm still going to say that this show has potential. can someone tell me, is the whole 'not sleeping' thing going to be a constant thing in every ep, or was this just a plotline for last night's episode?

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    I watched the mini-series and the series premiere this past Friday and while it ain't the best Sci Fi series ever as some have lauded it, it ain't half bad either. I will continue to watch it on Fridays as it gets paired with the 2 Stargate shows.

    One thing that I do see as a potential problem later in the series is that it seems so dark that at some point it might become depressing to watch. This series looks like one that will be totally deviod of any humor or any comedy to lighten up a bit. It doesn't have to be a dramedy, but a little humor every now and then wouldn't be bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada Ranger
    Well the 'series premiere' aired last night, here in canada on Space. i tune in, and all of a sudden i get a "previously on battlestar galactica'. whats goin on with that???

    Space had been airing ads about the 'series premiere, on saturday january 15th, at 8pm EST' for weeks. i finally decide to watch it and its the second episode?? i had no idea what was going on!

    having not seen the original at all, i'm still going to say that this show has potential. can someone tell me, is the whole 'not sleeping' thing going to be a constant thing in every ep, or was this just a plotline for last night's episode?
    The Series picks up from where the Mini left off, hence the "previously on...". The 33 minute thing is taken care of with the elimination of the Olympic Carrier, so the are able to get some sleep. I thought that that was a good way to start the season off, setting the stakes high, this isn't going to be sea cruise - war is hell and all.

    As for the dark tone of the series, I like it, but where you see Gaius & Six as dragging the story down, I see them as dark comedy. I believe Boomer will be found out shortly, but it may not lead to the end of her characters plot line. As evidenced in the episode 1.2 (Water) she may be overcoming her original programming. I like that they didn't just drop the Helo character, seeing Cylon occupied Caprica gives more insight to what the Cylons are up to.

    I loved the original series as a kid, but having watched it all last week prior to the new series premiere, the only thing that really holds up are the f/x. The stories/writing was really 70's tv schlock. The new series is far more about the human drama, the life and death stakes, yet still with really good f/x. It will be a fairly short first season, only 13 episodes, but that seems to be SciFi's new standard. Luckily in the "Lowdown" they talked about how the second season is already confirmed and in the works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada Ranger
    Well the 'series premiere' aired last night, here in canada on Space. i tune in, and all of a sudden i get a "previously on battlestar galactica'. whats goin on with that???

    Space had been airing ads about the 'series premiere, on saturday january 15th, at 8pm EST' for weeks. i finally decide to watch it and its the second episode?? i had no idea what was going on!

    having not seen the original at all, i'm still going to say that this show has potential. can someone tell me, is the whole 'not sleeping' thing going to be a constant thing in every ep, or was this just a plotline for last night's episode?
    Apparently it was a one time thing. In the US we got 2 episodes, the 2nd one called Water, about searching for water bearing planets as they lose a lot of theirs. In that episode the 33 min. thing appears solved.
    The "previously" referred to a 2 hour show they had last week here that reintroduced the whole concept, Cylons, former robot slaves rebel and now some of them look like us (cloned tho, so there are several of each "set"). Also the main characters, like Starbuck the (now female but male in earlier versions--people keep harping on that) hotshot pilot, the leader pilot male Apollo who is the son of the captain (they have "issues") and the brother of Starbuck's old (dead) flame (who wasn't a very good pilot, but they all enabled/encouraged/pressured him to be one, so they all feel guilty about his death), the Asian woman pilot Boomer who is apparently and possibly unknowingly a Cylon clone, her boyfriend who is the head mechanic (and for some reason they have to sneak around--maybe no-dating-across ranks issues?), the genius scientist and his Cylon clone sweetie (the blonde) who only he can see now (either he's crazy or she put a chip in his head) who inadvertently was the traitor who gave the Cylons the human defense plans. Plus the former Dept of Education Secretary who is now the President since everyone else is dead (female), her minions, the 2nd in command of the spaceship (an old guy with some alcohol issues maybe), Boomer's former co-pilot or gunner who got left on the planet when they were rescuing people--they let the genius guy have his seat, etc.
    Enjoy!

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    If you haven't seen it and want to catch up, the DVD of the Mini Series is available at Blockbuster and Netflix, or what ever you might have north of the border.
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    We have Blockbuster here, i'll try to look for the MiniSeries.

    And thanks PWS for the quick character descriptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada Ranger
    We have Blockbuster here, i'll try to look for the MiniSeries.

    And thanks PWS for the quick character descriptions.
    Thanks--hopefully gives you enough character background so you can follow future episodes until you can get the miniseries. Of course there was also action in the series, mostly serving to establish the characters, so it is worth seeing itself.

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    I like it however, having a hard time getting past Starbuck as a girl.. just doen't fit Call me a Dirk fan and all but i miss his character.

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