In three weeks, fans of good TV science fiction are going to be in mourning. That's when "Battlestar Galactica" will conclude its five year run on the SciFi Channel.
If you've never seen BSG you've been missing some very entertaining television because the show is frakking great. Er, excuse my French.
BSG does everything great science fiction should do, make us think about our current circumstances, our impact as humans on the universe and each other, and also gives us a mirror of our own time reflected in a fictional world. BSG does all that with depth and intelligence...and some really good space battles.
To my eternal shame, as I told you before, I only started watching BSG during a TV dead zone late last summer. After hearing such great things about the show from people I trust, I thought it was time to check it out. Man, am I glad I did!
I got one DVD set after another and watched them voraciously. I'm actually glad I watched the episodes that way, because no way could I have waited from season to season for all those nail biting cliffhangers to be resolved.
If I'd had to wait months instead of days for all twelve human/Cylons to be revealed one by one, I would have been ripping my hair out.
A little history about the show: BSG is a retelling of the old BSG TV show from 1978 starring Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, and Lorne Greene. It was a television offshoot of the "Star Wars" craze and like most TV sci-fi of the time, had cheesy effects, clearly drawn good and evil characters and a hotshot pilot who liked women and big cigars. The problem was, the best thing about the show was the opening theme music and consequently the show lasted only one season.
Enter executive producer Ronald D. Moore 25 years later. He re-worked the original Glen A. Larson idea, used first class special effects, hired fantastic actors led by Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos and put together a knock out 3 hour miniseries that led to the current series run on SciFi.