The main cast of Battlestar Galactica on the set of the Galactica’s hanger.
I just finished watching the Season Three premiere of SciFi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica. I just want to go on the official record to say that BG is the greatest show ever on television. That’s right, better than The West Wing. Better than Arrested Development. Better than I Love Lucy for all you traditionalists. Better than Seinfeld for all you comedy fans. Better than any of the Star Trek franchise for all you science fiction fans. It is the best show ever in the history of the medium of television1.
I hadn’t realized this truth until tonight, but I can say that I firmly believe it, now. The mini-series that aired a couple of years ago was really pretty good and did quite a lot to really update the show from it’s 70’s classic (yet really cheesey) stature. The first season went further and the second season even more so (particularly Season 2.5). However, after watching tonight’s episode I remain amazed.
Amazed at the shows willingness to go way beyond just a science fiction show about a future struggle between man and his robot creation (yeah, how many times has that plot line come up in science fiction?). It delves in to how fragile the individual human mind is and what we struggle with personally. It provokes its viewers with political and ethical questions most television shows simply do not have the courage to ask. It does this without forcing an answer on its audience, leaving them to judge what should be and what is. The smartest show on television right now just happens to have eight foot tall shiney robots and spaceships that can travel faster than lightspeed. It’s probably the sexiest and edgiest show to boot. It encompasses so much of what is great about good story telling and all with an amazing look and a ensemble of great characters.
I watched the mini-series when it aired and was impressed, but really didn’t follow the show that much during the first season. I watched the Seasons one, two, and 2.5 on DVD and the show has simply gotten better the whole way. Season three looks to be the best yet, so if you’ve not been watching them get them from Netflix, download them from the iTunes store, or buy the DVD sets now2. You’re in for a great time.
- Okay, so you think I’m completely crazy at this point, but honestly, from my point of view and considering all that this show has, I honestly mean this. Further, it has been nominated and won a number of awards in just two years, not the least of which was a Peabody Award [↩]
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