I watched the new Battlestar Galactica double-header on Friday. Yeah, this show looks like it has some potential.
The good: It's interesting to watch. The acting is pretty decent, and the people seem pretty real. The Cylons look good, not like people wearing chrome-plated plastic suits. The Colonial Vipers rock. Adama is much more human, and less of a spiritual leader - much more appropriate for a military commander.
The bad: The jerky blairwitchesque camera work is annoying - you have to work too hard to watch the show, especially in space scenes. Rocket smoke trails in space look stupid - smoke would keep expanding uniformly in vacuum until it dissipated, as there is no air resistance to slow or stop its motion.
The weird: All the things that look just like life on Earth are really annoying - why do their phones look just like ours with exactly the same curly cords? Why do they use our time units? I miss the "just a micron" of the original series. And what happened to "feldercarb"?
The unfortunate: I'm not really happy about the overwhelming technical advantage the Cylons have over the humans - in the original series the Galactica was a pretty good match for a BaseStar. Now one BaseStar sends the whole human fleet scurrying like cockroaches. Also, the CAG are pretty sloppy military organization.
Is it just me, or does Dr. Baltar look like a hot version of Dr. Bashir from DS9?