Monday, September 24, 2007

Battlestar Galactica, Series 3

The first episode of Battlestar Galactica was aired nearly 30 years ago in 1978. Created by Glen Larson (Alias Smith and Jones, The Six Million Dollar Man, Knight Rider), it was a plagiaristic combination of Star Trek and Star Wars, lacking the inventiveness of the former, and the special effects of the latter.

The new Battlestar Galactica, 're-invented' by Ronald Moore (Star Trek) is a lot better. And Battlestar Galactica Season Three is excellent. The Daily Telegraph has dubbed it 'West Wing in space', and while I don't believe the acting or the dialogue warrants this, the 'big themes' it explores (religion, terrorism, genocide, diaspora, democracy, genocide, robotics) are handled with balance, creativity and wit.

The DVD box set has just been released, put it on your Amazon wishlist.


james said...

I think you meant "nearly 30 years ago," unless they unlock the secret of time travel in the upcoming season.

brett jordan said...

Thanks James. Article duly redacted.