So, it may very well be that you can all laugh at me, but I’m many, many years behind everyone else when it comes to new media. I’m trying to catch up, but it’s a hard process for me. Turns out, I don’t always have a lot of time to watch TV or read.
But, I was very excited to finish the new Battlestar Galactica a few weeks ago. Overall, I thought it was an incredible show, and some of my thoughts are below. Just a note, while I will talk about the entire series from beginning to end, I will strive to keep everything as spoiler-free as possible for any who haven’t seen the show and might someday.
The first thing I need to say is that it took me a while to get into the show. I actually ended up starting it twice, simply because the first time I only got a few episodes in and then took a long, long break. Although I don’t remember specifically when it got its hooks into me, I don’t think it happened until a good half-season into the show. I’ve heard similar stories from friends, and my advice to anyone starting the show is to give it a chance. If you’re twelve episodes in and still don’t like it, it may not be for you, but try to watch at least that many before passing judgment on it.
Once I got into the show, I really got into it. I binged as often as possible (which for me is maybe 2-3 episodes at a time), and loved so much of it.
What I loved most about the show was just how human it was. It didn’t shy away from the big questions of fate, faith, and purpose, and instead tackled those questions head on. In many cases, such an attempt would result in a heavy-handed show, but for the most part, BSG keeps its focus on its characters and avoids that trap. I think science fiction is uniquely qualified to ask the big questions we all wonder about, and few sci-fi shows have done it as well as BSG.
The storytelling and the pacing of the show was also excellent. Oftentimes when I watch shows I feel like dull periods come along (Lost comes to mind) that you have to work through to get to the good episodes. While there are certainly slower episodes of BSG, they can be somewhat hard to find. By and large, the show roars along, maintaining a constant level of intensity and suspense. My wife started watching the show with me but could only get through two seasons before she bowed out. She loved the show and thought it was well done, but it was too intense for her, particularly if we watched before bed.
There has been some debate about how the show ended, and I have mixed feelings about the conclusion as well. However, I will say this, for four seasons BSG asked big questions and searched for answers. When I think of the conclusion, I think the creators went big, and while they may have received mixed reviews about it, I’m glad they took a risk and went for a controversial ending. I like to see all storytellers take risks, and they did with BSG.
As you can see, I definitely loved BSG. It’s not a perfect show by any means, but I would be willing to say it’s one of the best sci-fi series to have been created in the last couple of decades.
Until we meet again, keep reading!