"Battlestar Galactica" is simply one of the most amazing television shows ever. Few sci-fi series, let alone any series, have ever attained the comprehensive level of drama, action and character that this show seems to do quite easily on a regular basis.
The second season, which is a hasty ten episodes long, is now out on DVD, and while it isn't as good as the first season it still consistently delivers suspense, action, drama and entertainment all rolled into one. Even the weaker episodes are better than the best of other successful series, and the best episodes are simply unbelievable.
Take "Home," which focuses on the discovery of the Tomb of Athena, to find a map to Earth. In a series so based in reality, this fate mumbo jumbo pushes my limits, but the show, filled with political intrigue and deception, plotting and manipulation, and a square emphasis on trust and loyalty, manages to pull it off quite well. On the reverse end, there are episodes like "Fragged" and "Resistance" which make even the most political of stories entertaining and exciting.
"Battlestar Galactica" is so good that I watched the entire second season in two days, and that's only because I had a Sonics game to go to. It is captivating, thrilling, well-written and well-directed, with stupendous visuals and intriguing characters.
The second season has its flaws, but they are minor at most. The new season needs to start soon, as the cliffhanger left here in the season finale is a jaw dropper.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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