The countdown begins! In approximately five days, one of the best frakking shows ever to grace the television screen will be back for it’s fourth and final season.
Battlestar Galactica, simply put, it is awesome. In every respect. Political intrigue? Check. Strong, fully fleshed out characters that face soul searching identity and moral questions? Check. Incredible plot lines that keep you riveted and wanting more? Check.
BSG is, in my opinion, the flat out best show on television. Although I am a confessed Lost junkie, the ABC survivor drama cannot hold a candle to the consistantly incredible Battlestar Galactica.
In honor of the show’s return this Friday, I’m doing a countdown of my top 10 reasons why I love this show, and why you should tune in–especially if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet.
10. The Acting
It’s not every day you get seasoned veterans like Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell as leads in a television series. His Adama and her Roslin are flawless–and I can’t for the life of me understand why they, and the show in general, are snubbed year after year at the the Emmys and Golden Globes. Kyra Sedgwick’s and Hugh Laurie got nothing on Mary McDonnell and EJO.
9. The awesome special effects
Honest to goodness, great quality CGI. Not fake looking, or cheeseball. Even from the get go with the miniseries and the initial cylon attack, I was riveted by the space battle scenes.
8. The Toasters
The new wave of Cylons are highly improved over the OG centurion models–both stell and organic versions. I’m pretty sure the entire male population will agree with me on this one.
7. The Well-Imagined Universe
The Cylons were created to make life easier for the Twelve Colonies. After the first Cylon War, they disappeared…and after 40 years of silence, return to exterminate their former masters. The lore and mythos behind the colonies, including the lost 13th colony–Earth–is deep, well rounded, and fully realized.
6. The War Drama
The strain of war is omnipresent, and tough decisions need to be made–and the tension is felt from high ranking officers down to the civvies. Just ask Admiral Cain.
5. The compelling, strong, intelligent, beautiful, complex female characters
I consider it a great find when a show has one such female lead character, but BSG has these incredible characters in abundance. They are flawed, frakups, toasters, and saviors–not just sideplots or set decoration.
4. The Man Candy
I am not completely shallow. Really.
3. The Relationships
There is romance aplenty on Galactica, for those who are into ‘ships. Be forewarned that they are not happily ever after, they are complicated and messy–and brilliantly so.
2. The Question of Humanity
Something Razor addressed with subtle brilliance–humans making themselves single-minded weapons, and machines making themselves biological…it is an issue at large in the whole show. What exactly makes humans, humans? Can Cylons who feel emotion, made of flesh and blood, and possess free will be human too?
1. The Quest for Earth
Will Starbuck lead them to salvation, or to ruin? Will they find the Thirteenth Colony after all?
Only one season, and we will know. And I can’t frakking wait.
Battlestar Galactica returns with the Season 4 premiere on Friday, April 4 at 10/9 C.