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Battlestar Galactica - Season 4.0 (2004)

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Item Name: Battlestar Galactica - Season 4.0; Studio: Universal Studios

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Getting to Earth

  • Oct 31, 2009
Season 4 of the Battlestar Galactica remake begins with a bang and ends with a whimper. The first episode begins with Starbucks' miraculous return to the fleet. Quickly we see the murder of Cally, the growing friendship of Galen and Balter, Baltar's admission of guilt over the destruction of the colonies, and Baltar's growing cult-like status. The final episode ends with a whimper as the fleet reaches Earth, only to discover that it has been ravaged by nuclear war. Taken together, this season probably has more major events packed into such few episodes than any of the other episodes. It is quite a testimony to the skills and abilities of the writers and directors. Along the way, we have several great space battles, several key betrayals, and an illicit relationship between Tigh and a Six model. This is a great viewing experience that combines drama, comedy, suspense, action and fantasy. But this is not what makes this a great series. No, what makes this a great series are the well-crafted illusions to mythology, religion and history. First, the voyage to Earth parallels the spread of monotheism within the fleet led by Baltar, a former farmer from a poor colony who is ashamed of his past and heritage. Second, we have a growing disenchantment with the leadership of the fleet as represented by President Roslin and Admiral Adama. Together, they blends Moses's trek thru the desert with the gradual conversion of the Roman Empire from paganism to Christianity. Then there is the return of Starbuck, a resurrection by any definition of the word, and her guidance fo the fleet to Earth. And most importantly, Hera, the union of human and cylon, and the visions that surround her by both humans and cylons. All told, quite a show and probably the year's best TV series.

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