Tuesday, November 7, 2006

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SEASON 2.5

Universal’s excellent science fiction series continues along with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SEASON 2.5 (2006), as our rag-tag fleet of human survivors discover a second surviving Battlestar, the Pegasus, which offers the desperate Colonials hope that they can finally turn the tables on their Cylon pursuers.

Of course, in the grim GALACTICA universe, that just isn’t the way things work.

The commander of the Pegasus (Michelle Forbes) just might be a homicidal psycho, there’s continuing political unrest in the fleet, the Cylon prisoner is about to give birth, the President (Mary McDonnell) is dying of cancer, the black market is out of control, there are Cylon moles in the fleet… and the Colonials may have just found a planet they can call home. Maybe.

Ronald E. Moore’s “re-imagining” of the Seventies space adventure series remains one of television’s top dramas, with a powerful cast and challenging, grown-up scripts that take the show to a dramatic level far above pretty much anything else in the genre. Loaded with political and social allegory (as the best sci-fi always is), BATTLESTAR GALACTICA should be required viewing for anyone who enjoys good television.

SEASON 2.5 presents the second half of the second season on DVD, with stunning 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers and pounding Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. Each episode is accompanied by an audio commentary (podcast) by producer Moore, deleted scenes and more. The set also includes Moore’s video blogs, several featurettes, and an extended version of the midseason episode, “Pegasus.”

If, like me, you don’t get Sci-Fi Channel, you owe it to yourself to follow BATTLESTAR GALACTICA on DVD. Hell, it’s even better than watching it on TV – no commercials!

BUY: Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5 (Episodes 11-20)