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December 1, 2004

Catching up on Battlestar Galactica

Spurred on by my cousin Marc insisting that the hype was worth it I finally got around to watching the new(ish) Battlestar Galactica mini-series.

I wasn't really sure what to expect, I mean I know that people had said it was good but I couldn't get the awful 70's kitsch images of the original series out of my head. Of course I used to watch the it when I was a kid but it never seemed more than a cheap Star Wars knock off to me. And of course I couldn't help but think of Dirk Benedict as Face Man in the A-Team (although wasn't the A-Team after Battlestar Galactica? Hmm weird time warping memories.)

Some spoilers ahead if you haven't seen it.

From the start the feel was great. Proper, modern SF, with feel and characters and story. The first long panning shot around the Galactica's corridors was also a great opening. Being a geek I loved the explanations of why the Galactica had old tech, made me laugh. Starbuck as a woman (I'm a lady?!) was a nice twist too, if you can call it a twist. And then of course the big news, Cylons as sexy ladies. What can I say except that I am in favour! The Cylons looking like humans allows that whole swathe of "they are among us" storylines which I'm sure they will reuse, hopefully with a fresh feel.

The story pulled me in, I got involved with the characters and I thought the apocalyptic feel of the Cylon attack was cool. Also the Cylons fighters swarmed in a fantastic evil way, more like the Shadows in Babylon 5 than anything else. The CGI had a "real battle" feel, something I first saw in Attack Of The Clones, lots of shaky camera and smash zooms.

At the end I wanted more. Which is good, because the new series which is airing on Sky One right now. I'm off to watch it.