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Battlestar Galactica

A couple of near empty harddrives and nothing to fill it with. Isn't one of those zen sayings about emptiness calling fulfillment or something along those lines. Anyway, what filled the space were a bunch of stargate sg1 and atlantis episodes as well as some things I always meant to snag and watch. Now that stargate is on hiatus until march or thereabouts, I ended up downloading the entire last season of family guy that I missed and both of battlestar galactica. I'm in the middle of watching the opening movie and it looks like it's going to be a good one.

The only complaint I have so far is there's too much bumping uglies. Maybe it's just me but I figure if you're going to have lotsa people boinking one another you should either go all out or just have the opening scene and then move along. After all, this is supposed to be an action/suspense science fiction show, not melrose place in space. Other than that it seems like an excellent show so far with a real eclectic slew of characters. You can scrape the conflict and drama off of the episodes to come with a spoon.

Overall, I also think that it's a good thing that I never saw the original battle star galactica when I was a kid. I have no clue what the original plot, characters, or anything were so I don't have to obsess about the changes they've made. It is pretty interesting how they managed to explain why the technology is so backwards, even by the standards set a couple decades ago. I also really like the whole political situation. I mean...just think of it. The head of the department of education becomes president. It's like one of those doomsday contingency situations that we heard planned about after 9/11. The freaking head of the department of education....it's amazing they didn't just give the job over to the equivalent of a cafeteria worker at the capital building. Oh wait, they pretty much did. It's amazing that there would even be a discussion about who would take command in a situation like this. If there's ever been a case to be made for martial law, this is it.

The special effects are also a nice balance. With the exception of babylon 5, this is the only sci-fi series where I've seen any attempt to hold to what the actual movement of ships in space would be like. In the case of star trek and the like, the ships always seemed to be moving through liquid or air without the effect of inertia. This show will likely never have the budget of B5, pity that, but it looks like they're making the best of what they've got.
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