Battlestar Galactica (2003)
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. … More
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Critic Reviews for Battlestar Galactica
Audience Reviews for Battlestar Galactica
The breathtaking miniseries that started the TV series, featuring steady direction, great dialogue and elegant long takes. Through a fascinating universe, it raises moral issues with intelligence, keeping the focus always on the characters and the human aspect of the battle.More
This three hour miniseries is absolutely stunning in so many ways I don't even know where to begin. It puts us in the middle of a world with a complex history. It, unapologetically, launches the story straight away. I like the fact it assumes we know this fictitious world. It forces you to keep paying attention, as there is a lot going on. History, plot, characters, twists and turns are all crammed into 180 minutes, but it doesn't feel bloated or rushed. If anything, it has perfect pacing. To feel this connected and this involved with a large group of characters after just three hours is quite amazing. The large group of characters contains familiar but reliable archetypes, and more complex characters. My favorite would have to be James Callis. He portrays a selfish but conflicted man, somewhat responsible for the end of humanity. He is joined by a Jiminy Cricketesque subconscious, that takes the form of a very sexy Cyclon. Lots of terminology, politics, religious and technological debates abound. If you like your TV (or even movies) dense, well rounded, beautifully scripted, and utterly engaging, please check this out. Now if you'll excuse me, I have 4 seasons to be getting on with.More
A very well written reinvention of the 70s sci-fi cheesefest with a documentary style that makes a believable attempt at examining the issues facing a race at the brink of extinction. It certainly doesn't pull any punches, dealing with cancer, child murder and plenty of choices of dubious morality, taken in the name of survival. Edward James Olmos is the pragmatic commander, Mary McDonnell the inexperienced politician shouldering the responsibility of her entire species (and doubling as Olmos' conscience) and Katee Sackhoff adds a nice feminist spin on the old Top Gun cliche as the insubordinate smart alec hot shot. Best of all is the self obsessed, weak willed and cowardly Gaius Boltar who either has a Cylon chip implanted in his brain, or is off his rocker. Nice effects featuring an attempt at recreating realistic physics during a dogfight in space add to the gritty feel, although it does lack a little in way of excitement. It inevitably has to spend time seeding storylines for the following TV series which damages the pacing when looked at as a stand alone piece, but on the whole a solid introduction to a quality series.More
Battlestar Galactica Quotes
- Number 6:
- As terrible as it was [to see our people die in the civil war], beyond the reach of the Resurrection Ships, something began to change. We could feel a sense of time. As if each moment held its own significance. We began to realize that for our existence to hold any value it must end. To live meaningful lives we must die, and not return. The one human flaw that you spend your lifetimes distressing over - mortality - is the one thing...well, it's the one thing that makes you whole.
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