The Battlestar Galactica (2003)
||2 x 90 mins (mini series)
||Edward James Olmos
||President Laura Roslin
||Lt Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
||Capt Lee 'Apollo' Adama
||Dr. Gaius Baltar
||Lt Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii
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
This is a remake of the popular 1980 series of Battlestar Galactia.
- The new show has a much darker tone and a cracking script. The use of nuclear missiles
in the attack on the colonies taps into a real life fear of many people, and proves to be
both scary and moving. Overall it is a very strong story that contains some clever new ideas
(like the Galactica having no networked computers to avoid Cylon interference). Yet beneath
all the new ideas the show still remains loyal to the original concept.
- The way the attack is handled is nicely relevant to the modern world. It mirrors the way in
which we in the west had let our guard down pre 911, only to be attacked by a monster of our own
making. It makes the whole thing much more personally relevant and real.
- The special effects especially during the space battles are outstanding. The new ship
designs are immensely cool updates of the originals and scale of the battles is impressive.
The new Cylon robots are also brilliant, it's just a shame you don't get to see them much.
All of this visual eye candy is definitely the high point.
- There are some nice references to the original show. Whether its the theme played as fanfare
during the decommissioning ceremony or the original models in the museum.
- The hard drinking ultra tough Colonel Tigh is a great inclusion, and portrayed well by
- No stupid robot dog.
- The cast are mostly B grade TV actors, from the wet as water Lee Adama (Jamie Bamber) to the annoying
Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis). They just can't compare to Lorne Green, Richard Hatch, or Dirk Benedict.
- The character of Starbuck has been effectively ruined by the unnecessary change to a female. It
smacks of tokenism and ruins the dynamic between her and Apollo. What's more Katee Sackhoff's portrayal
is abysmal attempt to copy Dirk Benedict. It just doesn't work.
- The show has been directed in a NYPD Blue had held style. This trendy decision is annoying as the
constantly moving camera achieves little other than induced nausea. This gimick heavy style is not big,
it's not clever, and it's not appreciated.
- The inclusion of Terminator style human Cylons is unoriginal and silly. This culminates with Number 6
the "Sex" Cylon who is the ultimate Terminator 3 rip off. The whole idea was not really worthy, and just
doesn't fit in with the shows concept.
- The pace of the second part of the series just can't match the first. After the destruction of the colonies
things were going to go a bit flat (just like they did in the original). The hiding out in the nebula doesn't
help much as it idea more at home on Star Trek rather than Galactica.
- The new theme is a terrible selection of banging drums. Pitiful when compared to the stirring original.
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.
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.
||Good picture quality.|
||Dolby Digital 5.1
||Short making of featurette|
||Very good transfer but the bare minimum of extras.