Thoughts on Battlestar Galactica

For as long as I can remember, science fiction has been a huge part of my life. Although I was never a huge Star Wars fan — I liked the originals just fine — I am and have always been a massive Star Trek fan. The next generation was one of my favourite series after about season two or three.

As a Star Trek fan, I’ll acknowledge that overall, many episodes through their numerous series were overall weak Sci-Fi. There are many reasons for this, including half-baked plot ideas and just bad dialogue to name a few.

Up until recently, Babylon 5 was probably my favourite TV sci-fi series. That changes today. Although I’m probably way late in the game, I just started watching the 2004 Battlestar Galactica series. It only took a few episodes of the first season to get me hooked, which rarely happens with any sci-fi series I watch. I was so enamoured with not just the characters and wonderfully written dialogue, but the set designs, massive space battles and surprisingly great CG effects. Battlestar Galactica must have had a much larger budget to work with, as if I look back and compare the set designs and special effects from Enterprise — which were pretty horrible by 2003 standards — it’s actually quite jarring just how much better this show looks than anything I’ve seen before.

At the moment of this writing, I’m a few episodes into season 2. It seems like the story arc keeps building and building and building. Every single episode ends with me hanging on the edge of my seat, wanting more.

I think it’s fair to say that thus far, this is the best sci-fi TV series I have ever seen. Period.