One of the most popular television series of the late '70s science fiction boom gets a new look for the new millennium in remake, created as a made-for-cable miniseries. Four decades after the Cylon Wars, the Cylon robots (some of whom have since assumed human form) have launched a vicious nuclear attack, leaving only a few Colonial forces to lead the survivors to safety. Led by starship commander Adama (Edward James Olmos) and politician and possible presidential successor Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), the crew of the Battlestar Galactica searches the galaxy for the mythic 13th Colony of Kobol (otherwise known as Earth), their destination and only hope for survival. Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries also stars Jamie Bamber, James Callis, and Grace Park. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Ok, I sound biased here. This show has been given a face lift for the 21rst century. The original was great for its day (still is) and this one is great for today. EXCELLENT show. I think the best show on TV. Great actors, excellent plot, beautiful scenes, super interesting characters, raw and gritty, unpredictable, exciting, invokes emotional response. If you can get past the idea that it is sci-fi, you will say this is the best show on TV. :-)
This is a modernized remake of a TV classic that actually improves upon the original. So much more than just special effects have gone into this remake, character development is significantly improved, the storyline has expanded...every aspect of original has been reworked to make this version grittier and more believable, almost downright noir. If you're expecting the campiness of the original you will be disappointed, but if you are a true fan of SciFi, you'll LOVE this.
This is the most horrible remake of an older TV show ever done: no feeling or emotion, very confusing plot, no proper context, bad music score, poor match-up with the original novel of the same name, etc. I'm sorry... but great special effects CANNOT make up for a bad script and acting! If you were to see the original series of the 1970s, then would clearly see the problems with this 2003 remake.
Great TV series. It's nice to have strong female characters in SciFi who aren't pacifists or princesses. The acting is terrific, the music, the writing -- all excellent. The atmosphere in particular is very well thought-out and so many of the spaceships feel more like they ought -- more like a submarine than Star Trek. Smashing.
My rating is for the entire seires, knocked down from a 5 for the last season and for the end of the series.
This series starts out wonderfully. The writing and acting are good, and the characters are fascinating. Like the best of Sci-Fi, It addresses timely issues in a manner that allows us to see things from a different perspective. The characters face difficult challenges and they are forced to make realistic decisions that cause the viewer question their own values. That's the reason many critics consider it some of the best TV of the decade.
However, be prepared that the last season the series starts to fray your patience, and the ending of the series is HORRIBLE; it is just plain stupid. If you have an ounce of common sense, you will be furious with the ending. And you will concur that Lee Adama is a bigger threat to humanity than the Cylons. I was angry at having wasted all this time on something that ends with an unrealistic and smarmy ending.
Loved the original, but this is a great update. Not too "tech-ie". Great characters. Great twist on the character gender changes. I loved the original Starbuck and they knew no male actor could live up to that, so a female Starbuck was a brilliant idea. Overall I am a big fan.
The look of the series is gorgeous. I love the technology, not too flashy and just futuristic enough to still look real. The series portrays a very realistic vision of human life in space. The ship's mechanics are just as vital to the crew as anyone else, not just thrown in for background color. Touches like that ground the series in a way that makes everything seem real. ... But the tone of the show creates a cynical, dare I say ugly, view of human existence. Adama's "We bought this on ourselves" speech seems to reflect a common theme in the show. Much of the drama loses its impact because its mired in all this moral ambiguity. And this version of Baltar is just the sorriest excuse for a "villain" in cinematic history. He's too pathetic to boo, but too spineless and selfish to feel sorry for. ... I took the rest of the series out of my queue.
I love this show and I know it has its minor flaws, it is one of the best things out there for a long time. I really appreciate it this show very much for it's messages and well as its political satire, you read deep enough.