Battlestar Galactica, an awesome TV Show, 4 seasons of hapiness, plots and action in a universe with a lot of philosophy, religious questions and a real role for the robots to play in the story.
The story begins with the worst treason of all time, the one of Gaius Baltar who gives the entire defense system of Humankind for a woman. Of course, he doesn’t know (even if I am sure he had some doubts) that she is a cylon, but he still betray everyone for some s…
After the cylon’s attack which got revenge from deep space, and the obliteration of the twelve colonies with the death of ten billion people, we start to watch the story of the Battlestar Galactica, an old, shut down spaceship, without electronic and rearmed in extremis to take arms.
I will not do a synopsis season by season, not enough memories, but instead write what have marked me in this TV show.
First, the robots, the cylons are incredibly human. They live in a society organized in two castes, the soldiers and the robots with a human appearance and intelligence who give the orders and think a lot (too much).
The first war was made to get free from human domination and slavery, the second to eradicate Humanity. Among the evolved cylons, not all are against the humans and there is a political and relational game which really gives breadth to these robots.
Then the setting, the submarine atmosphere with analog controls for a spaceship capable of hyperspace flight, its a work of art. This spaceship cross the galaxy but the crew still use phones as big as printers. In the same time, without this outdated technology, the Battlestar Galactica would have been hacked and put out of action by the cylon’s computer virus.
The characters, a really interesting complicated play with continual peripetias. Philosophical, political and religious questions for the Humans and the cylons, really well played by the trans-species couple formed by Gaius Baltar and Caprica Six. There really is a quest for meaning, emphasized by this run away flight of the Battlestar Galactica. A real initiatory trip for the prey and the predator.
In terms of society and politics, both have inner problems ; the Humans are always protesting against the leadership of William Adama and Laura Roslin whereas the cylons can’t come to an agreement about the fate to give to the last survivors.
About the characters, each one is complex and makes real choices during the story. The few infiltrated cylons, sure to be Humans like Boomer, add a layer to this already deep story. There is a strong link between Humans and cylons, we are not in a movie like Terminator which mainly consists of fights.
Battlestar Galactica is the best science-fiction TV show because the robots are questioning the place of Humanity in the universe, and the best show of philosophy and spirituality with a quest for faith for the cylons and a strong mythology for the Humans with for example the search for Earth.
If you haven’t yet seen this show, you know what you have to do 😉