You know, through three and half seasons I’ve found Battlestar Galactica to be a strong show. It’s got a very watchable visual style, decent acting for a sci-fi series and, until recently, a really engaging plot. I especially liked how creator Ronald Moore skillfully wove contemporary themes through the show. It’s something that science fiction often does, but Moore and his writing team managed it without being overly preachy. I’d recommend the show to nearly anybody.
There’s seven or eight episodes in the show’s fourth and final season–there was a quizzical six month hiatus between the first and second halves of this season.
Something seems to have gone deeply wrong in-between.
I was underwhelmed by last week’s episode, and tonight’s was really no better. The show just seems to be recycling scenes and plot points from early seasons. How often have we seen (minor spoilers from tonight’s episode ahead) these scenes before?
- Starbuck jawing with fellow officers in the pilot’s room.
- Admiral Adama and President Roslin having mopey conversations about her mortality.
- Tom Zarek fomenting dissent among the fleet.
- Ships rebelling against Admiral Adama’s ham-fisted martial decrees.
- Admiral Adama approving the use of deadly force against his fellow humans.
- A lot of pitched drama about babies.
And the show seems to have abandoned any of its perspective on or critiques of our world. The last two episodes just seen like talky soap operas in space.
Maybe the extra few months away from the show flipped some ambivalence bit in my head, but I find myself totally unimpressed with BSG‘s latest efforts. Anybody else?