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Battlestar Galactica - Season Three

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Great acting and dialogue buoys an OK script

  • Sep 27, 2009
The 3rd season of Battlestar Galactica begins with the scene on New Caprica. Tight loses his wife, and Starbuck loses her emotional stability at the hands of the Cylon occupiers. The colonists on New Caprica are then rescued by a carefully orchestrated surprise mission by Pegasus and Galactica, and the series goes back to the search for Earth. In between, Starbuck is killed, and then comes back to life; and Balter is imprisoned on a Cylon ship, then imprisoned on Galactica. We also have 4 of the 5 humanoid cyclons revealed, along with President Roslin's re-acquintance with cancer. So overall, a very eventful season. Probably the high points are the dialogue, of which numerous scenes stand out. Some of the best include Apollo's defense of Baltar at the latter's trial, Six's explanation of projection to Baltar while on a baseship, Ellen's defense of herself to Tigh, Starbuck's taunting of numerous other people, and Romo's elaborations of justice and the legal system. The script itself has numerous holes. Probably the biggest holes are in the early episodes on New Caprica. The cylons clearly have the technology to monitor the entire range of electro-magnetic, thermal and acoustic radiation, yet they resort to tent-by-tent search and seizures of colonists. these glaring plot holes continue throughout the season and conclude with the trial of Baltar in the last 2 episodes; Cross-Roads 1 and 2. Neither the prosecution nor the defense calls Baltar to the stand, which is unheard of. And the show does not give any explanation as to why he is not called to testify. But overall, still a good show.

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The third season ofBattlestar Galacticagot off to a rip-roaring start on New Caprica, where the settlers had found themselves under Cylon occupation at the end of the previous season. Dr. Baltar (James Callis) had been elected President based on his intention to stop looking for Earth and settle on New Caprica, but is now a puppet of the Cylons, forced to sign execution orders for numerous humans, including former President Roslin (Mary McDonnell). A resistance movement is building, however, led by Col. Tigh (Michael Hogan), and assisted by Chief Tyrol (Aaron Douglas) and Samuel Anders (Michael Trucco). Tigh's desperate tactics--including suicide bombers--raise interesting parallels to the U.S. war in Iraq, and he finds he has to make an even tougher choice. Thanks to Admiral Adama's (Edwards James Olmos) return and the unexpected help of Boomer (Grace Park), the colonists escape, then begin a series of trials in order to convict all of the Cylon collaborators, culminating in the explosive trial of Baltar himself. In a boxing-metaphor episode, Apollo (Jamie Bamber) and Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) resume their mutual attraction with a surprising outcome. After the exciting beginning,Battlestar Galacticasagged a little in the middle of the third season (as it did in the second season) with its ship-bound episodes, but caught speed again at the end. The quest to find Earth, the unexpected loss of a major character, and the revealing of four of the final five Cylons kept viewers ...
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DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
Runtime: 953 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios

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