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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

GeekCounterGeek: Battlestar Galactica

Geek: Battlestar Galactica, Best TV SF Ever?

The "re-imagined" version of Battlestar Galactica is well into its 14 episode first series run on the Sci-Fi Channel. The show has already been renewed for a 20 episode second season. I was discussing the show with a friend who is even more of a sci-fi geek than me (if you can believe that!) and he said that BG was the best TV sci-fi series ever! I've been watching since the mini-series last year and I've been impressed, but the best EVER? My friend went on to explain that BG is one of the few "pure" sci-fi shows.

I can't vouch for the quality of the science of the show, but so far there are no fantasy elements to speak of. I guess with that narrow definition, the high-quality storytelling of BG could very well turn out to be the best of the genre.

CounterGeek: Battlestar Galactica, Best TV SF Ever? Frak You!

Fans who were disappointed that the new BG was too different from the original are clearly crazy. I loved that show- when I was nine. The original series hasn't held up too well and don't even get me started on Galactica 1980.

My biggest complaint with the current series is the constant use of the word "frak". Sure, you can't drop the real f-bomb all over basic cable, but if you want grit, you have options. Vic Mackey is a pretty tough guy and he doesn't have to resort to made-up swear-words. Whenever someone on BG says "frak" it takes me out of the show and I cringe.

Aside from that it's solid. The limited number of episodes has thus-far kept it from getting too off base and silly. Although last week's episode about Tigh's wife seemed like mindless filler. The truth is, you can't really make a statement like "best ever" about a show until it's over. So for now, I'll keep watching and reserve judgement.

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  • I agree w/ya Vito - not the best sci-fi show ever (I'd have to vote for Star Trek: TNG on this one), but shows great promise. The hook to keep you coming back every week is there (who's a cylon, who isn't, when will we get to see Boomer naked, etc), and the characters are fantastically complicated and full of conflict. I too was a big fan of the Alpo spokesman and his Star Wars ripoff, and pine for the single episode of Rick Springfield as Zack, but that was centons ago, and we're moving forward. Frak all the people that don't like the language!

    By Blogger joevideo, at 11:27 PM  

  • Battlestar Galactica is without a doubt the best TV sci-fi series EVER! Anybody that says otherwise is either blind, stupid, or a lying right-wing homophobic asshole! Their opinions don't matter and will not affect the enormous success of this show, so we can easily ignore them. Sure, Star Trek gave us our first series that taught us that race does not matter. Now 40 YEARS LATER, we FINALLY have a scifi series that breaks down the gender barrier! Just because you're a male does NOT mean you have to exhibit masculine behavior. Thus we have the new Captain Apollo and Colonel Tigh. Likewise, just because you are a female does NOT mean you have to exhibit feminine traits or have motherly instincts. The new Starbuck and Boomer are TRUELY a breath of fresh air in this regard! No other mainstream sci-fi series explores the art of gender role reversal with the main cast, and this is ONLY THE BEGINNING! Ron Moore has several more seasons to expand and develop these characters! And to continue this fearless ground-breaking creativity, the show goes on to introduce us to human-robot sexual relations. Star Trek was NEVER this daringly creative! (Oh sure, Star Trek showed Data kissing a crew member with their clothes on. Nothing sexual about it at all.) I could go on and on with the other BSG characters, but you get the point. I am so completely overjoyed at the enormous success of this new series and I have no doubt it will be the longest running, most successful sci-fi series EVER! I look forward to seeing how the show will break the senseless boundaries of gender identity, behavior, and sexual orientation. Perhaps we may finally see some cross-dressing or trans-gender characters in the second season? We can only hope!

    By Anonymous The Saltex Brujo, at 1:54 AM  

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