Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries

Title: Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries
Year: 2003
Network: Syfy
Length: 180 minutes
Creator: Glen A. Larson
Director: Michael Rymer
Writer: Ronald D. Moore
Starring: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer
Music: Richard Gibbs

My reaction
Synopsis: evil robots try to destroy humanity… in space!
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Great.
Story: Indifferent.
Characters: Bad. They would be fine characters for an action/sci-fi adventure. They’re pretty bad considering that this show’s emphasis is on character drama.
Dialog: Indifferent. “Let’s repeat this a few more times, just in case the audience hasn’t caught on yet.”
Pacing: Bad. I was bored most of the time.
Cinematography: Bad. Mediocre for the live action shots, awful for the CG shots.
Special effects/design: Bad. But then again, who’s to say the interior of a giant spaceship in a distant galaxy wouldn’t be made primarily of peg-board?
Acting: Indifferent. Most of the cast is passable, a few are terrible.
Music: Good. I’ve got to give it credit for trying so very hard to convince the audience that this show is exciting.
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent). I really wanted to love this. I tried so hard to love it. Based on the hype, I expected something on the level of Doctor Who or Lost. At the worst, I thought, it would be on the level of Deep Space Nine. In fact, it’s not even as good as the original Battlestar Galactica (or at least, not as good as the pilot). If I wasn’t clinging to the hope that it would eventually live up to its reputation, I probably would have turned it off after 15 minutes. The first hour or so is just dumb and boring. It does pick up a little as it gets going, but it never quite gets good. The writer’s idea of good drama is having a pretty woman kiss somebody. Yeah, that might be pretty exciting if you’re 14 years old.
Objective Rating: 1.9/4 (Eh).


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