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What amazes me it the rating this series has and I will stop there as not to insult the people who gave this crap more then one star. It latched onto a lot of cookie cutter movie making stereotypes and maxed them out. Funniest is British accent equals evil genius which I expected with Baltar but did they have to bring in London born Mark Sheppard to be his defense attorney. There's much too much music over dramatizing usually nothing at all. We have a doctor smoking cigarettes while treating patients just because it's cable and they can only to shock people. We have a drunken first officer, Colonel Saul, allowed to remain in charge because he's a troubled man. Which is the character development of just about every single character. Insert name.... brooding troubled past....
Then there's the now you're dead, now your not. Not the Cylons, the humans. Not sure how anyone believed Starbuck really died and then there's the sometimes terminal, sometimes not President Roslin and forgotten cure for cancer. Another cookie cutter next season opener line, "I thought you were dead".
The now I'm a Cylon, now I'm not is a bit overused.
Every word is our English except "frack". So where the first couple of "frack you" of "go frack yourself" may be amusing in one episode, the next four or five hundred are not.
The only reason I watched any of it is because I'm a gamer and have two monitors. I wasn't doing what you would be doing which is wasting your time sitting down watching it.
I'm guessing most of the glowing reviews are from the now unemployed cast members.
Sci-Fi Channel's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica delivers an amazing second season that's extraordinarily compelling and incredibly daring. After surviving an assassination attempt Commander Adama struggles to reunite the fleet, which faces new threats when they cross paths with the Battlestar Pegasus, commanded by the war-mad Admiral Cain, and a divisive presidential election that will determine the future of the 12 Colonies; meanwhile Starbuck makes contact with a human resistance on Caprica and works on developing a rescue mission. The cast delivers some truly outstanding performances; especially Edward James Olmos and Grace Park. And several impressive guest stars make appearances, including Michelle Forbes, Lucy Lawless, Bill Duke, and Dean Stockwell. Additionally, the writers do a remarkable job at building multi-episode story arcs and at following ongoing plot threats. And the directors maintain a consistently gritty and intense look and feel. Taking on some of the most controversial political and social issues of the day, Battlestar Galactica's second season is a riveting and thought-provoking sci-fi drama.
A season where the humans spend most of their time in a concentration camp, help prisoner by the cylons. We see the difficulties that the humans have making ethical choices versus saving their own skin in this less these less than ideal situations. A very daring and different move than the average sci fi show. This makes for a great sci fi drama.
Although the story goes quite deep and all over the place, it brings with it a complex interwoven story that's a bit less smooth than S01.
During the first season of Battlestar Galactica, I was intrigued by the overall storyline. However, in terms of drama and character development, I was left wanting. Unfortunately, that exact same pattern plays out in this first half of Season Two.
For a basic summary, this season sees the Galactica-led colonial fleet still trying to survive the enemy Cylon force. These ten episodes specifically focus on Sharon, the Cylon who shot Commander Adama at the end of Season One. The chaos that incident reeks on the fleet is also a main plotline.
In terms of general human vs. Cylon plotline, these episodes advance the plots nicely. However, once again, there is just so much potential for this show as of yet untapped. For example, the whole "Cylons look like us" angle has unlimited dramatic and psychological potential, yet (at least so far) it has been used only as a plot convention (with no real substance).
What it really comes down to, though, is that I believe BSG actually tries to be TOO gritty and true-to-life (perhaps as a counterpoint to the often over-the-top Star Trek). When I'm immersed in a TV show, I want to see some high drama, even if it is a little contrived at times. I want to see Captain Kirk talk down a computer, Jack Bauer take out a whole terrorist cell in one day, or Fox Mulder get to the bottom of a government conspiracy. BSG is so measured and slow-developing that it is tough to maintain an exciting narrative over multiple episodes.
Overall, then, though this first half of Season Two does an adequate job of advancing the basic plots from the first season, it still kind of just drags along in terms of characters and drama. The first-half finale, "Pegasus", is easily the best episode of the bunch, so I still will be watching (and hoping for bigger and better things) the 2.5 set.
For the first season and a half of Battlestar Galactica, I kept wanting more from the show in a number of different areas. Amazingly, this second half of Season Two fulfilled all those empty areas!
I had pined for more overall drama, and the early-episodes story arc of this set (involving the Pegasus) provides that in spades.
I had wanted better character development and that improved as well, focusing on the two Adamas, Laura Roslin, and Starbuck.
Mainly, though, I was really waiting for more background information on the Cylons and their potential future relations with humans. Well, the final three episodes of this season focus specifically on those issues and provide easily the best drama of the entire series to date.
Actually, the final episode is so startling and different from anything previous that it was a complete shock (albeit in a good way) to my system. It really invigorates a show that needed to be shook up a bit.
Thus, more than at any other point in this show so far, I am re-charged and ready for the third season, hoping that it will continue to break new ground in challenging viewers on a deeper level.
S2: Where we meet Pegasus, and she's not very nice.