Review: New Battlestar Galactica

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Posted by Sulkyblue (5th Jan 2004, 10:50)

I went in extraordinarily sceptical. I liked the original series and generally feel that if you're going to piss around with the story, plot and characters too much you may as well just make it a new series altogether. Add to that the changes sounded extremely dubious (female Starbuck? some sort of cylon sex bot?!) and the fact that it was written/produced by Ronald Moore (he of Star Trek infamy) and it really didn't bode very well.

I was utterly wrong. The pilot/film was really well written, produced and scripted. I don't think I spotted a single plot hole and there was only one section that I felt was a little shoe-horned in and didn't really fit. But for the most part the plot was really interesting and mature - the characters made the right decisions, even when they were unpopular or messy. The characters were consistant and varied (although suffer from the usual "who's that, do we know them?" problem usual in new series with people in uniforms), yes they've changed from the originals (poor Boomer really has had a somewhat traumatic transition), but the new ones are interesting enough.

THe thing that really stands out however is the cinamatography. This still looks like Battlestar Galactica - from the Vipers to the corridors. But it's got depth to it and has escaped the tacky look of the 60s. The camera work is interesting and varied, and the space work in particular owes a lot to Firefly with it's slightly disconnected feel.

All in all, I'd say that this is a good start. It keeps the important stuff from the original, while making it modern and interesting. I'm happy to eat humble pie on this one and admit I was wrong (I'm still not taking back anything I've said about the Thunderbirds film yet...). Give it a go.

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 karne ( 5th Jan 2004, 11:27, Rank: GSV )  reply

It's no Firefly, but definately one I'll continue to watch - wish they'ld cut that silly intro though, it really does give a bad opening impression.

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 Sulkyblue ( 11th Feb 2004, 11:29, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

( - looks to have been picked up for a 13 episode season. Filming starts next month, so probably a release date of end of this year.

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 John Kirk ( 11th Feb 2004, 14:52, Rank: Patrician )  reply

The pilot film is being shown on Sky Movies 2 on Monday and Tuesday next week.

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 Siberman ( 17th Feb 2004, 13:47, Rank: Mentat )  reply

It sucks!

the pacing was awful, the characterisation weak, except for the sociopathic starbuck, who was annoying.

Oh, and the acting was worse than in the original

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 karne ( 16th Oct 2005, 15:02, Rank: GSV )  reply

[blink] Were we watching the same program? I thought the new Battlestar was some of the best SF I've seen in years. It does require you to watch the whole thing properly in order and the pilot is somewhat weaker than the rest but they're minor flaws. I haven't enjoyed a character driven SF show this much since Farscape.

 chris ( 15th Oct 2005, 18:33, Rank: Spoo )  reply

The acting was NOT worse than the original! It was much better. How you could honestly think that is beyond me.

[edit]I've edited your comment, no flaming please - karne[/edit]

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