Friday, December 23, 2005

Battlestar Galactica getting critical attention 

Aside from being named the best television show of 2005 by Time Magazine and being named #3 best by T.V. Guide, the critical body the American Film Institute has announced BG as one of the ten best television shows this year.

Yes, aside from being stunned that any show named 'Battlestar Galactica' could be any good, you should also not be surprised that we here at Maroonblog have interests besides politics and foreign policy. Well, I guess it's not that surprising, but until recently I did used to hate on how bad TV was. Shows like this are making me change my tune.

It'd be great if Battlestar attracted more viewers because of these critical hat-tips. I fervently believe if the show was on network television, it'd be in the top ten for ratings every week (it does lead Friday night on basic cable, which is still pretty good). It'd better get some Emmy recognition this year, the acting is just too good, the cinematography is just too beautiful, and the writing is just too brilliant for it to be overlooked for any other reason than stupidity by those that run the Emmies.

If you haven't seen the show, I recommend you pick up the miniseries (possibly the finest 3 hours of television I have ever seen--it's really like a high quality dramatic movie than several episodes of a TV show) and season one (included together in one package) and the first half of season two. The second half of season one will begin airing the first week of January on Friday night on SciFi.

Really, the show is absolutly amazing in its quality and its dramatic appeal. I couldn't recommend anything more highly than I do this show.

Yeah, I'm a fanboy, but when you're a fanboy of a great piece of art (yeah, the show rises to that level), it's not anything to be ashamed of=) So, if you're interested in keeping up with the show, this appears to be the definitive site to read. Too bad that site is ugly at an unholy level...

I loved it also, but I'm not so sure it'd rate on network TV. In Australia - where I'm obviously from - it kept getting pushed back to later and later slots (on free to air network TV) until it (unfortunately) disappeared. Now I'll have to get the DVDs.

Sci-fi is out and moronic supernatural garbage such as "Medium" and "Ghost Whisperer" is in. The only sci-fi that gets any play seems to be the "abducted and probed by aliens" kind - also crap.
Well, the thing about this show is that the reason it's so good is that the SciFi aspects are only a setup for the human drama. The character-driven nature of the show is why it's so good. You could really ignore most of the scifi and still like the show. However, for someone like me that loves space opera, the fact that it's a great show that has scifi to boot makes it even better=)
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