10 February 2008

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - Miniseries (0x01)

April hails the return of the great Battlestar Galactica. My challenge is to rewatch the first three seasons in preparation for that monumental event (its been on hiatus for a year). My plan is to post a brief recap after each episode to take you all along the journey with me.

The series began with the miniseries. It began kinda slow introducing us to the main characters and the Cylons. Man created the Cylons who in terminator / matrix fashion rebelled. An armistice was signed, and 40 uneventful years passed. The Cylons evolved, some taking human form, and they have decided to repay humanity with a genocidal attack. One of the "hot" models, no. 6, seduced the head scientist of the defense department and sabotaged the computer networks making the invasion a "sure thing." It is the day of Galactica's decommissioning. She is antiquated with old computers and networks, and is more of a tourist attraction, complete with gift shop and museum, than battleship.

Once the Cylons attack, they unleash a virus disabling all modern ships. A massacre ensues. When the dust settles, the Secretary of Education has succeeded to the office of President over a mere 49,000 survivors in a quest for the 13th colony on our Earth (but when?).

Quite a grim beginning to a grim series, ending with the revelation that Boomer, one of Galactica's pilots is also a Cylon. There are 12 human models, but many copies of each. Who are the others?

So for newcomers, here is a rundown of the important characters:

Commander Bill "Husker" Adama - Fleet Commander
Colonel Saul Tigh - XO, Lush
President Laura Roslin - President of the Colonies, Terminal cancer patient
Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace - Hot shot pilot, former lover of Zach (dead) Adama
Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama - Son of Bill Adama, Commander Air Group (CAG)
Dr. Gaius Baltar - Self preservationalist, Accidental and secret traitor responsible for the destruction of the 12 colonies.
Lieutenant Sharon "Boomer" Valerii - Pilot, Doesn't know it, but she is a Cylon sleeper agent
Lieutenant Karl "Helo" Agathon - Stranded on the planet Caprica, Gave up his seat on the rescue ship to Baltar
Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol - Fixes the ships
Number 6 - Cylon, Duped Baltarinto giving her access to the defense mainframe, Exisits somehow in Baltar's mind

Overall, its a great start that, for a miniseries, set up a lot of interesting plot lines. It sure is a good thing the series got a greenlight because the mini hardly tied up anything. For a 3 hr show, I could have used one more good space battle. Also, since I know how good the series can be, I give this episode 4 Vipers out of 5.

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