July 2, 2012
A friend of mine pointed out that in my last post I never said why “Battlestar Galactica” is so good and why I love it. So here are 10 reasons why I love “Battlestar” and why you should watch the show.
-- It pays homage to the old “Battlestar Galactica.” Richard Hatch (old Apollo) has a reoccurring role in the show and has many scenes with new Apollo. The vipers are in it and if you are paying attention there are at least two episodes where the old theme is used. You even get glimpses of the old cylons.
-- The opening credits. I really like the opening credits because there is always something a little different for each episode. It always reflects what has happened in the previous episode and it is fun to watch the population count fluctuate. They also usually show a few clips from the current episode but the music always changes when that happens so if you don’t want to see, you can close your eyes.
-- The characters. The writers do a great job of making you care what happens to these people set adrift in space looking for somewhere to call home. They show them at their best and their worst and you love them for it. My favorites are Apollo, Starbuck and Gaius Baltar.
-- It looks awesome. There are really cool looking ships, planets and battles. The special effects team did a great job of making it all look really cool. The battles are the best part. Things shoot lasers at each other and lots of things explode. My favorite is when the cylon raiders leave the basestar, it looks really cool and when they battle with the battlestar’s vipers it looks even cooler.
-- The cylons. They start out as cool-looking machines. Then you learn that they have evolved to look like us and are always causing trouble. They could be anywhere in the fleet and discovering who is a cylon and who is not is pretty awesome.
-- Frak. It is pretty genius of the writers to come up with a word that is a cuss word in the “Battlestar Galactica” world but not in the real world so they can say it on TV without being bleeped. I now find myself using it sometimes. Frakin’ genius.
-- It keeps you hanging. This isn’t a show with a lot of stand-alone episodes. Plots carry on through many episodes. This is probably why I watched 14 hours of it one day. There are a whole bunch of episodes that end with “to be continued …” and you have to know what happens next, so you just hit play on the next episode so that you can get our fearless leaders out of whatever cylon-induced crisis is going on. I am so glad I didn’t watch it when it was really on. It would be so frustrating to have to wait a week between episodes.
-- The season finales are amazing. Every season finale’s last 20 minutes are probably the best 20 minutes of the season. Something is revealed or there are crazy twists that leave you with your jaw open and reaching for the remote to hit play on the next season. The season three finale blew my mind. And that is saying a lot after the season 2 finale.
-- The show makes you think. This is my favorite thing about the show. Well this and the characters. There are a lot of crazy twists in “Battlestar.” There were many nights where I went to bed and thought about what I had just watched and how it changed the mythology of the show. It is very much a water-cooler show. You’ll want to talk about it with people. I love shows that do that.
-- It is totally rewatchable. I want to go back and rewatch all of the episodes with the knowledge I have now and see if they left clues to what would happen in later episodes. I probably won’t do it all again in two weeks but perhaps I’ll buy the DVDs so I can listen to the commentaries and be able to watch it whenever I want.
I hope this convinces you to give the show a chance. It has something for everyone. There is love, religion, politics and war. It is a good show and besides, what else do you have to watch this summer (Breaking Bad excluded)?