One of my favorite television series of all time along with 'The Wire' and 'Breaking Bad'.
Like 'The Wire' this is a complex, Dickensian study of human nature, not afraid of asking big questions, and meticulously plotted like a great novel, so that each episode is a chapter in a much larger whole.
Just as 'The Wire' used the overly familiar cliché' world of the cop show to jump off from and shatter our preconceptions, and 'Battlestar Galactica' uses the sci-fi series, and the idea of human versus robot wars the same way.
This is thinking person's sci fi, in the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke, or Isaac Asimov. It's about why we are how we are, what it means to be a human being, morality under constant pressure in times of war, fathers and sons, impossible loves, metaphors for modern and recent politics and real world situations.
My wife, far from a sci-fi fan was hooked after 3 episodes, and we tore through 5 years of shows in just a few days. It's that addicting.
The acting is all at least quite good, and some cast members are remarkable, creating characters full of depth, complexity and contradiction. The writing is terrific, allowing the characters to change and grow, but always in ways that make sense, creating seemingly inexplicable conundrums, only to find surprising, sometimes shocking - but ultimately logical and satisfying - ways to explain where they've taken us. The special effects are generally very impressive for TV, even if they're not really why you watch this show.
It also has some of the most tense episodes of television I've ever seen, and some of the season enders left me completely wrung out and blown away.Read more ›
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I bought them all when they were on sale at 20$, I usually hate sci-fi tv show because most of them have cheesy plots and crappy special fx, but it's probably one of the best tv show i've ever watched.
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Great SciFi showOct. 3 2007
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The previous reviewer gave one star because his download speed was slow. That's truly sad to give this show a rating like that when his "problem" had nothing to do with the show. FYI: My download speeds have been at a fast 6640kbps. Anyway on to the show.
If you love SciFi this is a show worth watching, much better than the original. Currently you can download Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far for free. That should give you an idea of what you're in for. Enjoy!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Series Continues - Episode SynopsisFeb. 14 2011
Robert L. Edwards
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A brief synopsis of the episodes for those of you who have an electronic catalog of your DVD collection and would like to add this to your database. (So you don't have to do all that typing!)
Episode 1: Scattered Original Air Date--15 July 2005 As the premiere for the second season unfolds, Adama lay dying leaving Tigh in command. Lee and Roslin have been sent to the brig. An emergency jump goes wrong leaving the Galactica alone in space without the fleet.
Episode 2: Valley of Darkness Original Air Date--22 July 2005 A Cylon virus is interfering with Galactica's power supply, while Cylon centurions are heading for crucial systems. Somehow they must be stopped.
Episode 3: Fragged Original Air Date--29 July 2005 Tigh has problems with the responsibility of being a leader, president Roslin loses control without chamalla. The Kobol team discovers a Cylon battery.
Episode 4: Resistance Original Air Date--5 August 2005 Tigh's decision to impose martial law is protested in the fleet as well as on Galactica. On Caprica, Helo and Starbuck meet other humans.
Episode 5: The Farm Original Air Date--12 August 2005 Starbuck finds herself wounded in a hospital on Caprica where she is suspicious about her doctor. President Roslin makes an appeal to the fleet to follow her to Kobol.
Episode 6: Home: Part 1 Original Air Date--19 August 2005 Starbuck, Helo and Boomer bring back the Arrow of Apollo, but Boomer doesn't seem welcome. Commander Adama wants to keep the fleet divided and appoints a new CAG.
Episode 7: Home: Part 2 Original Air Date--26 August 2005 While Commander Adama tries to join Roslin's team on Kobol, Dr. Baltar's Number Six tells him he's crazy.
Episode 8: Final Cut Original Air Date--9 September 2005 Journalist D'Anna Biers is making an item on the Gideon incident, when she's asked by Adama and Roslin to film daily life on Galactica.
Episode 9: Flight of the Phoenix Original Air Date--16 September 2005 While Tyrol decides to start building a new fighter, the Cylon virus is rearing its ugly head again. Boomer tells it means a large Cylon attack is imminent.
Episode 10: Pegasus Original Air Date--23 September 2005 Gallactica meets Pegasus, and Adama's command is threatened when the captain of Pegasus outranks him. A joyous celebration turns sour at some of the secrets emerging out of the differences of the two crews, and Baltar meets a familiar Cylon prisoner aboard Pegasus.
Episode 11: Resurrection Ship: Part 1 Original Air Date--6 January 2006 Adama and Cain find common ground when Starbuck returns with footage of the Cylon ship. Roslin negotiates a temporary truce, while Starbuck plans an attack.
Episode 12: Resurrection Ship: Part 2 Original Air Date--13 January 2006 Starbuck and Fisk are preparing for the murder jobs, while the attack on the Resurrection ship is planned. It goes wrong for Apollo. Dr. Baltar has feelings for Pegasus' Number Six.
Episode 13: Epiphanies Original Air Date--20 January 2006 President Roslin, who is about to die, believes Sharon's baby is dangerous and orders it must die. Meanwhile, a terrorist group inside the fleet starts to ask for a peace negotiation with the cylons.
Episode 14: Black Market Original Air Date--27 January 2006 Apollo investigates the murder of one of the crew and falls for a young prostitute, whom he vows to save from the rogue ship dealing with the Black Market. As well as confronting the bad guys, Apollo has to confront some past mistakes.
Episode 15: Scar Original Air Date--3 February 2006 This is an episode about loss. Kat and Starbuck confront each other about their piloting skills and each vow to kill Scar (a Cylon spaceship) before the other.
Episode 16: Sacrifice Original Air Date--10 February 2006 A terrorist attacks and holds several key people hostage and threatens to murder them unless she is given the Cylon prisoner.
Episode 17: The Captain's Hand Original Air Date--17 February 2006 Two of Pegasus' raptors go missing after a suspicious distress call. President Roslin must make a decision on abortion that could hurt her political career.
Episode 18: Downloaded Original Air Date--24 February 2006 The Cylon baby is finally born, leading to some political decisions being made. Meanwhile, the Cylons on Caprica contemplate life and humans when they meet up with a certain human from a previous episode. This story explores the Cylon world.
Episode 19: Lay Down Your Burdens: Part 1 Original Air Date--3 March 2006 While Dr. Baltar is behind in the polls for the election and tries desperately to turn things around, Starbuck is planning a mission to rescue Anders from Caprica.
Episode 20: Lay Down Your Burdens: Part 2 Original Air Date--10 March 2006 The group on Caprica is under fire by the Cylons, but suddenly they stop. With only one ship's votes to be counted, Roslin is way behind in the elections.
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Breathtaking Series That Even God Would Like.June 4 2010
Edgar A. Trujillo
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I had no idea that this season of televisions most epicly grand series was on bluray. I gaped at how cheap it was and didn't hesitate from buying it at once. Day by day, I waited until my dreams had arrived on my doorstep, waiting to be unwraped. My longing claws dashed at it,hungrily uncovering what it was searching for....and there it was: Season 2 of battlestar Galactica on Blu-Ray!!!
First off, the packaging. It comes in a box with an opening case inside, just like any other tv boxcase, with 5 dvds inside. What i like about it is that each disc doesnt have its own tab that you can flip through. Some tv boxcases have this and it just makes the case much more bulkier, hence taking up more room. How this boxcase is set up is each dvd is piled on top of the other but in a different position so as to allow the view of all 5 dvds. It opens up into three tabs, with an episode and disc guide behind the last two tabs.It is embelished with the faces of the main characters as the back ground for each tab, 2 per tab to be exact.
As for the series itself, lets begin with how awesome this show is. It is, too date, , my favorite sci-fi series. It combines that very nature with harcore drama, something that is hard to pull off without sounding corny. The effects are phenominal, especially in episodes like "Resurrection Ship Part 2" where two balltestars have an all out brawl with the cylons in a beautifully choreographed action sequence, or " valley of Darkness" where...well i'd have to go into full spoilers but just know that even God himself would have gaped at the angelic creations that this episode evinces. As for the episodes themselves, words cannot express how masterfull they are, except for " Black Market" which was just horrible, totally unneccessary and not in tone with the series as a whole, but its just a small price one has to pay for 19 other awesome episodes. Season one did a great job establishing the tone for this dark epic series, and season 2 just builds onto that with some great performaces by the whole cast. It also delves into contraversial topics such as abortion which is dealt quiet well.Some standout episodes are "Pegasus" (The last 3 minutes will have you onm the edge of your seat!) and the season finale " Lay Down Your Burdens Part 2" which ends on a cliffhanger that will give everyone nerdgasms! Michele Forbs does a guest appearance on a couple of episodes and she is fantastic. She commands the screen with such authority and vigor that its as if she has been on the show for years.
Now, every review must have its criticism. First off, why wasn't the television special "Battlestar Galactica Razor" not including? It would make sense to have it in there because it is set in that time frame. I, being a huge geek, already have that dvd but for those new to the series will miss out on it. Moreover, the special features have much to be desired.Each disk has deleted scenes with commentaries. the last disc has some video blogs, more podcasts which are the commentaries, a quiz that tells you which character fits you best, and some other small insignificant stuff. Also, regular version of this boxset has the exact same features. Why couldn't there be a detailed behind the scenes at least, or some gag reel for that matter? The podcasts are insightful and all but you could download those of the website. The special features is definately the weakest part of the whole package, but that should not deter anyone from perchasing this immaculate series because its the content of the episodes that should instigate someone to buy this in the first place.
All in all, besides that one horrid episode and weak special features, there isn't much I could ask for excpet the Blu-Ray version of season 3! Tangent aside, this remarkable series transcends all others with its visual style, performances, and intriguing characters. I highly recommend this remarkable work of art, so buy it now!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Best of the best!Jan. 3 2011
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I haven't watched this blu-ray yet, but I have season 1 and it looks fantastic. I mainly wanted to get a review out there for season 2; the "full" season 2: beware the boxes that say 2.0, 2.5. they are the first & 2nd semester of season 2, sold separately. As long as you know this, and you don't mind the separate boxes, fine; be sure you don't pay more by buying individually.
Ok: The rebooted Battlestar Galactica is nothing short of brilliant! Top notch writing, directing & effects, populated with Oscar winning and/or Oscar-worthy actors. As science fiction it puts to shame it's competition, but in the universe of television in general it's one of the best series ever produced!
That said: Season 2 is the best of the best! The mythology established in season 1 bares fruit. The episodes in particular to be sure are included in any packaging version are three interwoven episodes, that are like a little miniseries within the series: 'Pegasus', and 'Resurrection Ship' parts 1&2. I wish I could tell you to skip ahead and watch these episodes first, to see what you are working towards, but that would be anticlimactic. You have to get to know the characters and all of the complexities involved to get the full effect of what's happening. I can describe what you need to know but I won't...
Take your holiday cash and buy seasons 1&2; be sure it's the 'newer' Battlestar rebooted series: Starbuck is a woman; Lorne Greene is nowhere to be found; Richard Hatch IS in this series as an adversarial character and he does a great job! You'll be blown away!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Addicting and brilliant show, instantly hooked!April 18 2014
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I'm a newcomer to BSG previously coming from the world of Star Trek. After after watching literally over 500 episodes of every Trek episode ever made, I wanted something new. I tried out BSG and instantly got hooked.
BSG is a fantastic sci fi series. The characters are all flawed and you just want to keep watching more and more to see the next thing that happens, whether it is relationship drama or another cylon invasion. Season 2 picks up where the first brilliant season left off, introducing us to some new ideas and story lines behind the show revolving around religion, the 13 colonies, and finding the mysterious planet Earth!
As far as season 2 goes, I'll keep it short and simple:
The pros - decent CGI work, gritty sets, deep relationships and character traits, and overall a really entertaining show. Once in a while they also manage to fit in some nice comic relief with Gaius Baltar as well. Also, the cast on this show, it's fantastic. This is a very fine set of actors/actresses. Edward James Olmos single handedly carries the show. Lastly this season introduces us to the Pegasus which was a nice sub-plot.
The cons - as far as season 2 goes, I don't think it was quiet as good as the first season. There were some rather strange episodes to say the least with where writers took things. Like some other reviews said, there was a little too much religious topics as well as the pointless killing off of a certain character. There were also a few very obvious "filler" episodes.
I hate to say it, but I don't quiet like BSG as much as Star Trek. But it does comes very close. I think they did the absolutely best they could with this show for it being on a second-rate television network with not quiet as many viewers. I look forward to the rest of the series and am anticipating the new movie coming out (although it will be a new cast).