Saturday, January 17, 2009

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Wait... what?

A considerable amount of e-mail coming in the last little while, the gist of all of it is that I have missed some "fraking damned spectacular television" tonight on Battlestar Galactica, which I admitted earlier that I had not watched at all, in spite of all the good word about it.

I have no idea what the heck it is that all of y'all are trying to tell me, but I suppose I'm now gonna have to break down tomorrow and get Season 1 of this show, and attempt to get up to speed :-)

(I do have Battlestar Galactica: Razor on DVD however: it was part of the swag bag from Butt-Numb-A-Thon 9 a little over a year ago. Would it be wise to watch that first?)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uhm, do NOT watch Razor first. Start from the beginning. And catch up. FAST! Tonight's season opener was EPIC.

You will not go wrong with BSG. I assure you, you WILL like it.

Get working on it!

Todd W said...

I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but while BSG is one of my "favorite" shows, so I do like it and have watched loyally since the beginning, I also find it to be... a bit over-rated at times.

Its strengths are its production values, excellent acting, and several key episodes throughout its run that have been pretty intense & epic. But, the show has a few flaws, a lot of episodes have been filler, and I don't like every direction they've taken with the characters or the overall story.

Without spoiling anything, two main turning points occurred on tonight's episode. I hated one of them and don't know what to make of the other (though my initial reaction is slight disappointment).

Don't get me wrong, it is a show worth catching up on (well, unless the show ends in a sucky way nine episodes from now and makes those of us who have watched fell cheated). However, I would not buy into the hype so blindly that you set yourself up for disappointment.

And, don't watch the show if you're ever depressed. My biggest complaint with the show is that it's an almost constant downer -- a lot of doom & gloom in this show. Don't expect a healthy blend of drama & comic relief as in Babylon 5 or the Stargate series. It's well made, dramatic doom & gloom, but kind of draining nonetheless.

Roxanne Martin said...

Well, it's a post-apocalyptic drama -- in space. That alone makes it a doom and gloom scenario, right? I mean ... a race of billions cut-down to >50,000 by their PCs and looking for an inhabitable planet in an infinite universe? How does one spin that positively? For me, the character and plot development spawned from the drama is one of the reasons I return to this show every time it's on and still rewatch the DVDs.

And no, Chris, do not watch RAZOR first. Fans were given Razor somewhere between Seasons 3 and 4, if memory serves, but chronologically, it fits between seasons 2 and 3. Suppose it depends on how you want your information --- the order in which it was learned by the characters, or the order in which it was revealed to the fans. The latter makes for good WTFrak-factor, but after that, I like it in order.

I look forward to hearing what your comments on the show are, even if they end up being negative.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Wait... what?

A considerable amount of e-mail coming in the last little while, the gist of all of it is that I have missed some "fraking damned spectacular television" tonight on Battlestar Galactica, which I admitted earlier that I had not watched at all, in spite of all the good word about it.

I have no idea what the heck it is that all of y'all are trying to tell me, but I suppose I'm now gonna have to break down tomorrow and get Season 1 of this show, and attempt to get up to speed :-)

(I do have Battlestar Galactica: Razor on DVD however: it was part of the swag bag from Butt-Numb-A-Thon 9 a little over a year ago. Would it be wise to watch that first?)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uhm, do NOT watch Razor first. Start from the beginning. And catch up. FAST! Tonight's season opener was EPIC.

You will not go wrong with BSG. I assure you, you WILL like it.

Get working on it!

Todd W said...

I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but while BSG is one of my "favorite" shows, so I do like it and have watched loyally since the beginning, I also find it to be... a bit over-rated at times.

Its strengths are its production values, excellent acting, and several key episodes throughout its run that have been pretty intense & epic. But, the show has a few flaws, a lot of episodes have been filler, and I don't like every direction they've taken with the characters or the overall story.

Without spoiling anything, two main turning points occurred on tonight's episode. I hated one of them and don't know what to make of the other (though my initial reaction is slight disappointment).

Don't get me wrong, it is a show worth catching up on (well, unless the show ends in a sucky way nine episodes from now and makes those of us who have watched fell cheated). However, I would not buy into the hype so blindly that you set yourself up for disappointment.

And, don't watch the show if you're ever depressed. My biggest complaint with the show is that it's an almost constant downer -- a lot of doom & gloom in this show. Don't expect a healthy blend of drama & comic relief as in Babylon 5 or the Stargate series. It's well made, dramatic doom & gloom, but kind of draining nonetheless.

Roxanne Martin said...

Well, it's a post-apocalyptic drama -- in space. That alone makes it a doom and gloom scenario, right? I mean ... a race of billions cut-down to >50,000 by their PCs and looking for an inhabitable planet in an infinite universe? How does one spin that positively? For me, the character and plot development spawned from the drama is one of the reasons I return to this show every time it's on and still rewatch the DVDs.

And no, Chris, do not watch RAZOR first. Fans were given Razor somewhere between Seasons 3 and 4, if memory serves, but chronologically, it fits between seasons 2 and 3. Suppose it depends on how you want your information --- the order in which it was learned by the characters, or the order in which it was revealed to the fans. The latter makes for good WTFrak-factor, but after that, I like it in order.

I look forward to hearing what your comments on the show are, even if they end up being negative.