I’ve been watching the new Battlestar Galactica series since it started and whilst it started off a little weak, it has more than made up for it throughout the first two series, ignoring the odd blip where they get away from the main storyline. I had missed the last 3 episodes of season two because of a video recorder breakdown, and hadn’t managed to get them from friends initially - in the end I got them on a home-burned VCD from a friend but initially had problems getting my DVD player to read it. I messed around a bit but in the end put the disc on a shelf and forgot about it for a while whilst I was busy and never got back to it.
Sky started advertising season 3 since it starts in a couple of weeks so I thought I’d better catch up. So I dug out the disc and watched it on my PC through VLC instead - not ideal since I don’t particularly like watching TV on my PC, but it was well worth it. The last 3 episodes were absolute dynamite and I’m really glad I didn’t start watching the 3rd series without catching up since the changes would have been most confusing.
It reminded me how damn impressed I am with this series overall. They’ve really raised the bar for sci-fi everywhere, shoehorning so much moral, social and political commentary into what could have been a very ordinary machines-vs-man tale. I was also glad to see Dean Stockwell cropping up (probably best known for being Al on Quantum Leap, but has been around almost forever - I was wracking my brains for ages when I recognised a very young version of him in The Dunwich Horror a little while back but couldn’t place him), only a small part so far but he carried it off very well indeed. All the actors/acresses do an extremely good job in fact, injecting the whole series with a credible emotional weight far beyond what you’d expect from a popular sci-fi series. Serious kudos, and I can’t wait to catch the next series.