Frak, BSG

Is Battlestar Galactica the best show on TV?

There weren’t too many gags or one-liners in BSG’s fourth/fifth season opener “Sometimes a Great Notion” and the only moment where someone cracked a smile was about 5 minutes before she blew her own brains out. Yes, folks, arguably the best show on telly in recent years, if you like your tally dark and moody, is back for its (almost) final 10 eps. The “almost” being the fact that another made-for-TV movie is coming up and also that stories set in this universe are set to continue when spin-off, prequel series, Caprica, raises its head sometime in the foreseeable.

The discovery of Earth at the end of the mid-season break proved to be a monumental let-down when it was realised that nothing but a dying husk of radioactive nothingness was all that remained of this green and pleasant planet, and humanity’s remnants aboard the rag-tag fleet were left without hope. Hence the suicide. Adama’s breakdown seems to be imminent as his full scale decline continues: the woman he loves is dying, his best friend is a Cylon imposter, his son is a wuss, and he has nowhere to lead his people. Other than that, things are pretty bad.

Perhaps the most intriguing element to the first story was the “revelation” that Tigh’s ex-wife Ellen might be the 12 model of human-looking Cylon. If that were true I’d feel a little let down but it seems a bit too convenient to me and I’m sure more twists are afoot (Episode 2 sits on my Sky Planner waiting to be watched but I haven’t got the stomach for another installment yet). The memories that the Cylons have of Earth along with Starbuck’s discovery of her own decaying corpse (did I mention that this was a bit bleak) suggest a bit of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey shenanigans are afoot (as if we didn’t have enough to worry about watching Lost). I also found myself reminded of the Planet of the Apes movies where the conclusion suggested a big old loop of events that ended up at the begining. Time will tell.

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