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17th-Jan-2005 10:24 am
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?
17th-Jan-2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love the new BattleStar Galactica. It just keeps getting better and better.

Stay with it. I have 85% of the first season if you want an advanced screening. ;)
21st-Jan-2005 05:27 am (UTC) - No way!
OK, I've gotta ask how you got 85% of the first season.

21st-Jan-2005 05:25 am (UTC)
Agree about Dr. Baltar. His character seems to be having a Dostoyevsyesque experience in the show, which is giving the writers a chance to write sophisticated story lines instead of the cheesy stuff we were stuck with in the original series.

What struck me most about the opening episodes was how much of the story was about the psychology of the characters' experience. The whole "33" minute thing was brilliant with the sleep deprivation + anxiety + having to destroy one of their own ships. In "Water" we got to pay attention to such details as ration rioting (even though it was not shown on screen). I think it bodes well that they have not relied too heavily at first on fantastic space battle drama. Part of me is hoping for that, but for now I am lifted by the more talented writing than I had been expecting.
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