The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The project might all be an exploitative departure from the ''Battlestar Galactica'' brand name, but it's hard not to like where the spacemen (and spacewomen) are going.
It's a type of world-building best-suited to endless franchises-the multi-book series, the film trilogy, the serialized television show. The detail is there for richness, not for third-act plot expediency.
The strength of this series is the way its characters each choose to react to this untenable situation.
The result is surprisingly good, with a strong character driven story that leaves you wanting more.
The success of the miniseries gave momentum for the weekly series. I hope the series is as enjoyable as this.
There's plenty more that could be picked out here, but the one other thing I wanted to focus on was the ending. This was scream-at-the-telly good, and what great cliffhangers are all about.
And what is "Galactica," old or new? A high-flying trifle. Choice, cheesy adventure. Sci Fi pulp. So stop squeezing your thermoses, turn off your brain, and enjoy.
As is appropriate for this more jaded era, the story is much more grim and edgy. Now if I can just get used to Starbuck being a girl . . .
I think we were all perfectly content with our vague memories of shag hairdos... there will always be DVD to remind us how bad the original series was. We certainly didn't need a bad new series to drive the point home.
This breathtaking miniseries that started the exceptional TV series features a steady direction, great dialogue and elegant long takes, while also raises many moral issues with intelligence and keeps the focus always on the characters and on the human aspect of the battle.
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.
Way way way way better than I was expecting.
See the series it's amazing.
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.
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