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Battlestar Galactica, supplemental - The Cover Story
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Wed, Dec. 10th, 2003 01:36 am
Battlestar Galactica, supplemental

Having seen the rest of the miniseries of Battlestar Galactica, I have to say I'm far more impressed. The series has great merit, and I hope they make it into a full series instead of leaving it as a four-hour miniseries. The second part ended in such a way as to suggest launching into a whole new adventure.


I found the character manipulation was very good as well. Baltar was changed into a sort of Neutral character that isn't actually out to destroy humanity, but more was manipulated into allowing its defeat, and later seems repentant. In Baltar's place are new Cylon models that resemble humans, making infiltration much easier for the Cylon forces. Instead of the Council of Twelve, Commander Adama is leading the Galactica and fleet to Earth, but he does not truly believe it exists.

Overall, the series shows great potential. I'm very partial to near-future technology on a grand scale when dealing with sci-fi, and Battlestar delivers. The principle area of operations in the second episode is the ion storm surrounding the Ragnar Anchorage, where the Galactica is rearming. The ship maneuvers as you might expect a submarine to when docking with the station, and the engineering crew loads the ship by physically getting palettes of ammunition and loading them aboard the vessel. Its refreshing to see writers using traditional naval operations for starship protocols.

Additionally, the only real mystery tech in the show is the jump drive Galactica and other vessels use to travel at FTL speeds -- which is to be expected, I suppose, since we have no equivalent technology today. I was particularly impressed when they demonstrated the Viper starfighters using newtonian physics during the battle sequences. More impressive still, they had adapted their tactics to it. How many sci-fi series think that far ahead?

Overall, I was very impressed with the series as a whole, and look forward to it becoming available on DVD. The Sci-Fi channel has put together a first-rate crew of actors and writers, and I would hope they put them to work building a whole new Battlestar Galactica series out of this. Barring that, though, I am pleased to have a great new sci-fi movie to add to my collection.

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