Battlestar Galactica Miniseries & Season 1

Originally posted at on  Aug 15, '08

This is really the best sci-fi series ever made, and this two part pilot is one hell of a kicker.

If you're not familiar with the world of Battlestar Galactica the short version is that humanity has colonized the stars and is occupying 12 planetary systems named after the Zodiac signs. The civilization creates artificial intelligence and gives birth to a race of robots called the Cylons, who eventually turn on their masters. After several years, there is an uneasy truce.

The series opens with the Cylons opening offensive; a salvo that takes out everyone except a ragtag fleet of survivors numbering around 50,000. You experience the horror of the the fleet, led by Adama and the crew of Galactica, as they hear about the destruction of their civilization over the radio.

The docu style really does work for this series (not like the other fraking series where it's used so extensively; ie. 24, Prison Break, Lost, etc, etc, etc). You're living on this ship as they struggle to survive the loss of their friends and family, of economy, of culture, of basically everything they've ever know.

It's a deliciously dark and depressing movie and the perfect lead off to a series that only gets darker as it goes along. The episodes 33, Kobol's Last Gleaming, and Act of Contrition are just masterpieces. I won't spoil if for you. Just go out and buy the set.

I can't wait to find a complete collection of the other seasons so I can finally fraking see what happens in "Resurrection Ship".

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