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!