The Battlestar Galactica (2003)

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Creater: Scifi Channel
Episodes: 2 x 90 mins (mini series)
Screened: 2003
Main Cast: Commander Adama Edward James Olmos
President Laura Roslin Mary McDonnell
Lt Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace Katee Sackhoff
Capt Lee 'Apollo' Adama Jamie Bamber
Dr. Gaius Baltar James Callis
Number 6 Tricia Helfer
Lt Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii Grace Park
Colonel Tigh Michael Hogan
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Story:

Over 40 years ago the domestic slave robots the Cylons rose up and attacked their creators the residents of the 12 colonies. After a vicious war a truce was agreed and the Cylons left not to be hear of since.

Now the last of the original Battlestars the Galactica is being decommissioned and turned into a museum. Commander Adama is overseeing the decommissioning when news of new Cylon attacks using nuclear weapons on the 12 home worlds begins to filter through.

Unwittingly betrayed by the greedy Dr. Gaius Baltar who has been having an affair with a new human looking cylon android all current defences offer no protection. Only the Battlestar Galactica with its antiquated systems is immune.

It is a hopeless situation overwhelmed and out gunned the 12 colonies are all but wiped out with a few survivors fleeing into space in whatever ships they can muster. Commander Adama can't admit to himself they have lost the war but last surviving member of the council and now president Laura Roslin persuades him the only option is to flee with this rag tag fleet of humanity. So begins the quest for a new home away from the pursuing merciless Cylons, maybe on the mythical lost thirteenth colony Earth.

This is a remake of the popular 1980 series of Battlestar Galactia.

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Overall:

The new Battlestar Galactica is not a disaster by any means. In fact in many places it betters the original. The only problem is that for every success there is a failure. While there is nothing that a few changes couldn't fix when this goes to series, it would still be difficult to maintain the excitement of the initial battles. I will look forward to seeing the new series (due in 2005), as thanks to the strong story and brilliant effects I'm sure it has the potential to be very entertaining. Just would someone please jettison the new Starbuck out of the nearest airlock.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Quotes

Number Six: Humanity's children are returning home. Today.

Laura Roslin: There's no Earth. You made it all up. President Adar and I once talked about the legends surrounding Earth. We knew nothing about a secret location regarding Earth, and if the President knew nothing about it, what are the chances that you do?
Adama: You're right. There's no Earth. It's all a legend.
Laura Roslin: Then why?
Adama: Because it's not enough to just live. You have to have something to live for. Let it be Earth.

Dr. Gaius Baltar: The last time anybody saw the Cylons they looked more like walking chrome toasters.

Availability:

DVD
Picture 4:3 Good picture quality.
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 Excellent soundtrack.
Features Short making of featurette
Verdict Very good transfer but the bare minimum of extras.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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