Battlestar Galactica: The Good, the Bad and the Just Plain Ugly

With the remaining handful of episodes of Battlestar Galactica to begin airing next week, we thought we’d do a quick, season by season re-cap, remembering both the good stuff and the stuff that we’d rather forget.

Battlestar Galactica Miniseries

Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries

Okay, I’m gonna be honest. This was not my favourite. I felt and still feel that the show should have been called something else, not Battlestar Galactica. And let’s face it; the characters weren’t exactly immediately likeable either. I wasn’t crazy about the space combat scenes (luckily, I think they’ve gotten more bearable) and the emphasis on Sexbot Six (which luckily is a nickname I think is less justified these days) was played purely for the ratings.

The Highs:

The opposing views between Adama and the now President Roslin was interesting. Have to say I agreed with her that saving the human race was probably the best thing to do versus, trying to stay and fight with what little they had. Making Boomer a Cylon was interesting but the “surprise” factor felt a little forced.

The Lows:

Sexbot Number Six. My understanding is that Six is actually a reference to The Prisoner, but she seemed a little too Seven of Nine to me. I want less sexbot and more action. Not that there wasn’t enough action… so I guess, just less Six. Oh but speaking of the action, could we please have less drunk-o-vision?

Season One

Overall, this first season of Battlestar Galactica wasn’t too bad. The overall feel of the first season was (rightfully) fairly depressing, but there were some nice comic moments, my favourite of which, ironically, is a Six episode, Six degrees of Separation.Also, I do like that the characters are both good and bad. Everybody has a dark side.

The Highs:

When Apollo and Starbuck have to shoot down the Olympic Carrier; Boomer meeting her Cylon counterparts; Starbuck discovers a Cylon Boomer on Caprica; Six appears on the Galactica accusing Baltar of being involved in the attack on the Colonies.

The Lows:

Six as a sexbot. Perhaps it’s ‘cause I’m a woman, but that little storyline is just not working for me. Also, how many times are people going to draw their weapons against each other on this ship?

Battlestar Galactica

Season Two

The good episodes this season were good, but the season was also plagued with some really poor “filler” episodes. It was nice to see the Pegasus again, and although this Pegasus was vastly different to the one in the original show, it was an interesting take. The end of the season was also particularly interesting.

The Highs:

Finding the Pegasus. Final Cut.What can I say, I liked how they integrated the old theme into the documentary at the end of the episode. Downloaded. It was an interesting Cylon-centric episode. It’d be nice to see a few more like this. Fast-forwarding one year. Genius idea!

The Lows:

The Pegasus and the contrast between the two crews was a little too forceful. We get it, Adama’s good - Cain’s bad. Nepotism- of course Lee is made commander of Pegasus, compared to Tigh, he’s just a kid, but of course that’s who takes over. Black Market just a really bad “filler” episode, ‘nuff said. Scar Another really bad filler episode. Suddenly the main characters are talking about fighting this one Cylon raider as if they’ve been doing it for months when the audience has only just heard about it. Stupid and they did the exact same episode in Black Sheep Squadron. Too much bad filler this season. Gaeta, reporting that there was a problem with the ballots. Oh I know, he was doing the right thing… but Baltar’s a collaborator!

Season Three

An interesting season. The “filler” episodes weren’t as bad as last season, but I’m starting to see patterns in the way the writers plot things out on Battlestar Galactica. They’ll drag a story on for several episodes, of which I can’t seem to get enough of, and then have several frustratingly throwaway filler episodes, followed by a new arc.

The Highs:

The discovery of four of the final five. The occupation and anticipation of Galactica’s return (although they really wasted the Pegasus).

The Lows:

The boxing match episode was just plain silly and a bad sci-fi cliché that really needs to be dropped. The Apollo and Starbuck love quadrangle, another tired plot and frankly who cares? Baltar winning his case, and Apollo helping him: too trite for words. The reappearance of Kara Thrace: like we didn’t know that was going to happen!

Battlestar Galctica: Razor

Battlestar Galactica: Razor

Kendra Shaw was an intriguing character, and it was certainly interesting to see how things drastically changed aboard the Pegasus, but there’s no way that you can compare what Shaw and her people did with the Olympic Carrier.

Highs:

It gave some insight into life aboard the Pegasus before and also as the attack on the Colonies unfolded.

Lows:

Shaw’s demise was terribly predictable. Also, more people wearing the same uniform, pointing guns at each other. This happens a little too often on this show.

Season Four

More people pointing guns at each other!! Baltar creates a cult while Roslin finally figures out her feelings for Adama and Kara shrugs off predictions that she’s the harbinger of death while Lee becomes president. Ho hum, just another day on the Galactica…

The Highs:

Though it took the whole half season for it to be finally discovered, it was satisfying to see the Cylons within the Galactica revealed. I particularly liked Tigh making himself known. The Cylon civil war and centurions having the capability to think for themselves could make for some interesting television. Finding Earth. Or is it Earth? They certainly left a lot of questions unanswered!

The Lows:

Pretty much any part that involves the Demetrius. That just dragged on for far too long, with Kara acting nuts. Gaeta losing his leg with absolutely no repercussions for Anders. The guy should’ve been hauled off to the brig! Baltar’s little cult was just extremely annoying. The predictableness of these episodes lately. I lost track of the times Rob predicted an outcome correctly. Not a good sign.

Still, the writers of Battlestar Galactica have left things open enough I’m certainly curious to see how they wrap thing’s up….

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