Steve Kulp

battlestar galactica? really?

In words on September 27, 2006 at 10:22 pm

Battlestar Galactica is the best show on television.

So there it is. I feel like a complete geek ever time I say those words. I figured putting it in writing would make it sound more authoritative and less dorky. Unfortunately, blogging about science fiction is actually the opposite of cool.

For the uninitiated, the 2006 Battlestar bears little resemblance to the 1970’s original. The original was basically a low-rent Star Wars knock-off mixed with a little Mormon theology for good measure. The new version is so much more. It transcends its “science fiction” moniker, working on a thematic level on par with the finest television dramas of all time. Its best moments are not about special effects, but the characters and the issues they are forced to confront, albeit in a galaxy far, far away. It seems to be a perfect piece of commentary on modern-day America. War. Terrorism. Genetic engineering. Paranoia. Liberty. Watch a few episodes and the social and political parallels become crystal clear.

I’ll say it one last time, proudly: The new Battlestar Galactica is, without a doubt, the best show on television. And don’t just take it from me, The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly seem to agree. Hell, it even won a Peabody.

The third season premeires on SciFi on October 6 at 9pm. The previous seasons are available on DVD and the iTunes store. For a quick recap of the show thus far, check out The Story So Far, free on iTunes.

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