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
Just finished season 3. I came to the series from a review a month ago, and had the privilege of watching it from the pilot through the end of season 3. I also had the misfortune of watching the original series over 20 years ago as an adult in my 30's.
What can I say beyond, "Excellent"? Possibly the best TV series I have ever seen. A TV series offers scope. A movie, even a series of movies, does not offer the potential of a TV series that has a planned ending.
I have only one TV series to compare with "Galactica" - the "Rome" series from HBO. Where "Rome" offered historical accuracy and extraordinary character development, "Galactica" offers equivalent character development coupled with core science fiction questions like, "What makes us human?" or "Why are we here?" or "What is sin?"
My only regret in this review is that I cannot give it six stars.
This is the same as the first disk of the season 1 series, but it's supposed to have a flip side to see some behind the scenes extras.
The extras side wouldn't work in either my dvd player or on my computer.
Disapointed that I wasted a rental on this.
I can remember somewhat watching the original and the detractors of that time calling "Battlestar" a cheap ripoff of "Star Wars." (I think some of the special effects people were the same, just working with much smaller budgets). But this overhaul is a massive improvement. Edward James Olmos is grittier and thereby better (!!) than Lorne Green, who just seemed to be Ben Cartwright in space. And the new Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff, remember the name!) I find is doing a cool update on Dirk Benedict (Turn the disc over for the extras, and see new and old Starbucks get together to compare notes). But the subplots all get good starts, and I look forward to catching up on the new series to see how it all plays out (please, producers, no "Galatica 1980"!).
This show was so slow and (I almost hate to say it) boring, that I took it out a little over half way through. I was a fan of the original TV show, and I'm a pretty big sci-fi fan overall, but this one just didn't do it for me. I really tried to get into this. I watched on television it when it originally aired a couple of years ago, and only made it about an hour. Put it in my queue here and thought I'd give it another go. Interesting concept, to be sure. This was beautifully filmed and the acting was decent, but in the end, I found myself not really caring about the characters, or feeling any sense of apprehension about the dreaded Cylons. (Would have liked to have seen more of them)
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.