As I was putting my 5 year old daughter to bed last night she asked me "Dad, what’s your favorite TV show?" and after thinking about it and weighing Lost against everything else I had to say "It’s a show called ‘Battlestar Galactica‘." And then I had to say "and oddly enough the last show is tomorrow night."
It’s sometimes hard to convince the non-watchers to get on board this show because most of them remember the old show with it’s goofy costumes with capes, monkeys dressed up as robot dogs and Dirk Benedict. Even I was not anxious to watch the original miniseries when it was first announced. As a matter of fact I only watched the first 2 of the 4 hours. Then when it became a series I said I’d give it one more chance, and watched the episode named "33" and when it was over I said out loud "I will watch every episode they make of this." And I have. And it has consistently been on my top three shows that I MUST watch as soon as they air (along with The Shield, which also ended this year, and LOST which ends next year).
During the writers strike my girlfriend and I got into watching a lot of BBC shows, and the thing that is unique about them is that they have a story to tell and they tell it and when it’s done, it’s done. There are a few American shows that are also picking up on this idea, but largely TV just loves to strip mine a series until there is nothing left that you care about and just watch out of habit (like I am doing with ER).
Battlestar Galctica has a plan. They have had one story to tell, it ends tonight, and I really will be sad when it’s over. BSG has provided some of the best, most consistently written characters in TV and really deal with some difficult social issues in interesting ways like REALLY GOOD Sci Fi should. It deals with what would really happen if there was just a handful of people, roughly 50,000, what would they do to maintain the human race. It’s so good at tackling these issues that the U.N. invited them last week to talk on the topics of: race, war, torture, suicide bombing and genocide. They take on the subjects in interesting and difficult ways. It’s not like Star Trek where when the ship is in trouble they solve things with some Sci Fi techno-babble. In BSG, if the fleet or humanity are in trouble you have two options: Fight or flight!
The thing I like about the new Battlestar Galactica is that every week they surprise me. Every episode there is some gut-punch twist that makes me want more. This is the same reason I like Lost and the Shield. They all work really hard to show you something that you don’t see on other shows. I really like that.
Tonight I’m gonna watch the show with my girlfriend and a few other friends that are also big fans on a big screen. I have no idea how the plot lines will resolve themselves, but I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the last two hours.
If you have yet to start watching, do yourself a favor and TRY IT. Take the Julius Marx BSG challenge. Watch the 4 hour Miniseries. It’s good, but not brilliant, but you really need to see it to know what’s going on. Then watch the first episode of Season 1- "33" and see if you aren’t hooked.
If you are already a fan and all caught up go ahead and hit "more" for some other cool articles. But if you are new, or not caught up do yourself a favor and stop reading this now, go in spoiler free and just enjoy one of the best shows on TV…ever.
Julius Marx was know the world over for 10 years as the title character in the long running TV cop-on-the-edge show “Hockuly!” Now he writes about and takes pictures of toys and attempts to put all his weird knowledge to work for him. He has been collecting toys his entire life.