Thursday, October 27, 2005

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SEASON ONE

I'm a big fan – and an unapologetic one – of the original '78 BATTLESTAR GALACTICA series, and really had a hard time warming to this "re-imagining" when it premiered last year. But, it's a good show. Can't deny it. Hard-edged science fiction with a great cast of talented actors who take the material seriously.

The original premise is the same – the Twelve Colonies of Man are destroyed by the robotic Cylons, and the handful of survivors set out across the universe in search of a legendary thirteenth colony, Earth, under the protection of their last warship, the Battlestar Galactica. The big twist in the new series is that the Cylons were actually created by mankind, and now have several models indistinguishable from human beings. It adds an effective level of paranoia to the proceedings, I must admit. There are plenty of subtle (and sometimes nearly subliminal) references to the original show, and stunning state-of-the-art digital effects. Good stuff.

Universal's boxed set of the first season (13 episodes) of the revival show also includes the original four-hour debut miniseries, several Sci-Fi Channel-produced "making of" featurettes and commentary tracks on every episode by Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore. There's also some deleted scenes, sketches and art. This all comes packed into five slim cases tucked into a shiny box that showcases the series' slinky Cylon sexbot and other young stars.

If you missed this on television (as I did) or you're a fan of the old series who's resistant to this 21st Century "re-imagining" (as I was), you should really check this out.

BUY: Battlestar Galactica - Season One