Despite voluminous protest and nitpicking criticism from loyal fans of theoriginal 1978-80 TV series, the 2003 version ofBattlestar Galacticaturned out surprisingly well for viewers with a tolerance for change. Originally broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel … see full wiki
Solid Groundwork For What Appears To Be A Good Series
Dec 30, 2004
Let me first state that I was very young when the original "Battlestar Galactica" was born on television. My fondest memories of that show are of reading the huge comic adaptation that my older brother was kind enough to let me have and of the "Starbuck" and "Cylon" action figures that I had. I have recently started watching the original series on SciFi Channel and completely fell back in love with it. For its time, it was an amazing and fun show. The special effects still hold up pretty good as well, considering how old the series is.
Now to the new, "re-imagined" version of "Battlestar Galactica." I really enjoyed this miniseries when it first played on SciFi Channel. It has a number of differences that make it just as good or better than the original in some aspects, but the original series will always hold a special place in my heart.
The characters may have the same names as the original ones, but that's about the only true similarities between them. As everybody already knows, Starbuck is now portrayed by Katee Sackhoff, a woman. I have no problem with this whatsoever. Yes, I loved Dirk Benedict as Starbuck and he will probably always be the true Starbuck to me, but Ms. Sackhoff does a pretty good job in this role. I'll agree with another reviewer that Sackhoff starts off too over-the-top, but sinks comfortably into the role as the movie plays out. Edward James Olmos is solid as Adama, and it will be interesting to see how often he and Mary McDonnell's character butt heads on decisions as the series starts its run. Apollo comes across as the perfect "son rebelling against father" type. Of course, along with the "Starbuck" scandal, the fact that Col. Tigh and Boomer are no longer black characters has also caused a stir. Grace Park does a good job as Boomer. She gives the character an innocence that wasn't present in the original character. Michael Hogan plays Col. Tigh. Col. Tigh is wishy-washy and nearly drunk most of the time, which is a nice change from the original Tigh. His character is full of emotion in this film, especially when Adama hands over a crucial decision to him to decide upon. The rest of the cast does extremely well. When compared to other SciFi Channel flicks, they would all win awards for their performances.
The Cylons have also been overhauled for this new series. In all, there are twelve different models, all serving a different purpose. The model with the most exposure(figuratively and literally) in this miniseries is the Number Six model. Number Six(played by a Victoria's Secret model, really) seduces Dr. Baltar and tricks him into giving her access to some very important information that aids the Cylon cause in destroying humanity. No. Six will not remind you of any of the old school Cylons out there. She's a very attractive, very evil humanoid-looking robot. Her character is given a few rather choice scenes, my favorite being when she encounters a newborn baby. I won't spoil anything, but just prepare yourself for some very wicked acts from her character. Homage is paid to the original Cylons if you look quickly during a scene in one of the Galactica's hangars, which is converted into a gift shop. We are given a glimpse of some of the other models in the movie as well, but hopefully they will play a larger role in the series as it develops.
As far as special effects are concerned, this is the best I've ever seen from SciFi Channel. They are nearly flawless. They are heavy on CGI, but are very enjoyable to watch. I also enjoyed the handheld camera scenes of the space battles. The Vipers, Raptors, and Cylon ships look very realistic and move more like a "real" starfighter would in my opinion. Sound is minimal during the dogfights, 'cause in space, no one can hear you scream.
The DVD is pretty thin on extras, so if that's your thing, you may just want to watch this when it's on SciFi Channel. If you're like me, however, you'll want this for your library because it is a very exceptional show. The highlight of few extras included is "The Lowdown," which goes a little in depth on the creation of the miniseries.
Look beyond the old "Galactica," and view this version as something completely different and new. I think that once you get beyond some of the major changes(Starbuck, sexy Cylons, etc.), you'll be able to see that this is really a good movie and if the series is anything like it, I'm sure it will be around for a very long time.
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