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Is Battlestar Galactica Not The Greatest Show EVAR!?!


February 25, 2006 10:09 PM PST


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Comments (14)
John, February 26, 2006 06:24 PM:

Um, prety much. I actually watched two episodes on my Ipaq while I was on vacation at Disneyland with my family. Now I'm only a couple behind I think.

J, February 26, 2006 09:31 PM:

BSG is the only show in recent memory to set up a whole plotline throughout an episode and still surprise me at the end. I really like multi-part episodes, and the latest Ressurection Ship series was as enthralling as the Shadow Depository in Farscape. Farscape retains #1 for me because of the aliens, the even more insurmountable odds and the insane risks of episodes like the cartoon episode.

Battlestar seems to be following the model of popular shows like 24, Alias and Lost, which are serials that focus on a lot of backstory. The most recent episodes of BSG have even started to contain Lost type "flashbacks", and characters that get dedicated side-story episodes. Although I really like this style show, there are two worries I have.

The first is that the show steadily decreases viewership because it's difficult to pick up part way through (the characters' motivations aren't compelling without serious investment in backstory). This problem is also known as the Farscape syndrome. BSG seems to be handling this well, though with properly marketed DVD releases.

The other problem is that if the serial moves forward too quickly, without a known "5 year story arc", the characters start to become inconsistent and parodies of themselves. I feel that both Alias and Lost have hit this point - characters that were mortal enemies in the past somehow forget their history episode to episode. Hopefully the BSG guys can stay true to the writing and know when to end the show.

In general, I think the TV on DVD phenomenon is providing a huge boost to shows with more detailed character development, and I'm really exited about that. It really deserves another post, but I think that DVD and electronic subscriptions to individual shows will produce much better TV. Farscape probably just was developed a few years too early to ride this wave.

One thing I can say about BSG - I enjoy it because I typically watch several episodes in a row on TiVo. I think if I had to just stick to an episode a week, it might not have the impact it does in larger doses.

John, March 1, 2006 09:43 AM:

Ok I got caught up on all the episodes. I was pretty surprised with 'downloaded' the latest cylon episode. This makes the upcoming plot twists even harder to figure out. Nice writing.

Paul, March 1, 2006 12:27 PM:

Yeah, before Downloaded I was getting worried that they'd settled into "Star Trek Mode", where every problem arises and is solved in one 43 minute episode. There's still that nuke running around somewhere in the fleet, too...

John, March 3, 2006 10:35 AM:

Tonight the 2 part season finale starts. As a bonus part 2 will be 90 minutes long. Sweet.

John, March 10, 2006 09:11 AM:

Tonight the 90 min second half of the finale. Ooooh can't wait. Now hopefully my cable will stay connected. I'm sure I just jinxed it now.

Paul, March 11, 2006 05:18 PM:

Ah crap! How am I going to be able to wait until next season?!?

Paul, March 11, 2006 07:51 PM:

The makers of BSG have a podcast for each episode.

John, March 13, 2006 12:35 PM:

Ok this didn't play out the way I expected - like usual. Man they really like to keep you guessing.

Paul, March 13, 2006 02:22 PM:

Some third season spoilers.

J, March 25, 2006 12:02 AM:

TIVO! *Shakes Fist*
Apparently TiVo cut off the last minute or two of the final episode. Ridiculous. It happened to a lot of people apparently, so at least I found a rundown on the web. Incidentally I read a bunch of forum posts with people arguing about what was going to happen, or if the show was poorly written, etc. I stopped trying to predict where things would or should go after the second Matrix movie. When it comes down to it, it's much better to just sit back and enjoy the show. Overall, I liked the ending - it opens up many possibilities. I didn't really mind episodes like the mobster/black market one, but I'm glad they didn't resort to just grinding those types of shows out for too long.

J, March 25, 2006 12:32 AM:

SCIFI! *Claps*
Turns out SciFi has the last few minutes available for download. Nice work. Does the third cylon at the end remind anyone of Agent Smith from The Matrix? He's just so smug... "Mr. Anderson"

Paul, March 25, 2006 12:44 AM:

Or, you could just spend $1.99 and get the episode on iTunes (or nothing and Bittorrent it up).

Paul, April 26, 2006 09:38 PM:

A BSG prequel?

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