Monday, August 25, 2008

TV Shows you should own on DVD: Battlestar Galactica

I have many times before, both on here and out in the real world declared my love for Katee Sackhof. Actually, it is really more a love for (or is it lust?) Starbuck. Gawd, that woman is f-ing hot!

Besides being a little obsessed with Starbuck, I do really enjoy Battlestar Galactica for other reasons too. I do not care so much about all the action in outer space, but I love the stories being told.
This show has such great storylines, characters that you care about because they are so charismatic and well developed. Many issues are raised that make you think about life and morals and ethics and all kinds of deep stuff.

Of course, it is also about being entertained and watching a bunch of hot women. I wonder if I like BSG so much more than some of the other sci-fi series because of all the women. I mean, which other sci-fi TV show has that many women playing prominent roles?

Anyways, in case you are not familiar with BSG (Boy, have you been missing out!), let me tell you a little bit about the premise of the show.

Battlestar Galactica tells the story of the journey of the last surviving humans after the nuclear annihilation by the Cylons. The Cylons are creepy robot like creatures that were once created by humans, but started thinking for themselves and decided to take over the world.

Cylons have evolved up to the point where they can look like humans. They not only look just like humans, they can also act and feel in a similar fashion, and some of the Cylons do not even know they are not human. However, every Cylon is programmed to perform a certain role in their strive to take over the world.

The human survivors are led by President Laura Roslin, a former kindergarten teacher, and Commander Adama, in a fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica as its command ship. Pursued by Cylons intent on wiping out the remnants of the human race, the survivors travel across the galaxy looking for the fabled and long-lost planet Earth.
Over the course of several seasons we get to know the crew on board the Battlestar Galactica, including some of the pilots. These include main characters like Lee Adama, the CAG and Adama’s son; Starbuck, the best pilot they have but way too insubordinate and destructive for her own good; and Boomer, another pilot who turns out to be a Cylon.

We do not find out she is a Cylon before she has gotten herself pregnant. They then have to deal with the dilemma of what to do with a Cylon who is carrying a (half) human child.

This is just one of the many ethical and moral questions that are raised in this show. We soon learn that they might be at war with the Cylons, but even in war, not everything is black or white. The fact that Cylons are the enemy and not human, yet are so human like, makes for very interesting story telling.
If you haven’t watched BSG yet, go buy or rent the DVDs now! I promise you won’t regret it.

1 comment:

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Right you are, Nat! BSG is one of the best SF shows ever done. Just when I think they've written themselves into a corner, they figure out a way, a clever way I might add, to move the storyline in a direction I would not have anticipated.