Battlestar Galactica

{5/5} “So say we all.”

Battlestar Galactica, aired in 2003

The Cylons haven’t been seen in 40 years, but now they’re back. They start by blowing up the station the humans built to function as a place for humans and Cylons to meet. Meanwhile, the Galactica under Commander Adama is an old ship that’s about to be decommissioned — but it’s rushed back into service once the threat from the Cylons becomes apparent. Laura Roslin, Education Secretary and recently diagnosed with cancer, becomes the President when the rest of the government is lost.

This is the miniseries that kicked off the Battlestar Galactica reboot.

If you’re creating a show and wondering how to start it off right, look no further — the way this miniseries introduces the characters and situations is perfect.

Although it’s mostly serious, there are funny moments — mostly having to do with Gaius Baltar.

It’s about doing what you have to do in a time of incredible difficulty. It’s about the brutality of war, and the joy of friendship and love.

Written by Ronald D. Moore (many episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Stars Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, and James Callis. Directed by Michael Rymer (Angel Baby). The drum music by Richard Gibbs used for battles is very effective.

This is the 4th time I’ve seen it.

In this universe I previously reviewed Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.

I met Olmos once — he expressed his great fondness for this show and his certainty that he would never be on another one like it.

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