I've been spending the last hour reading posts and reviews of the BSG mid season finale. I'd seen a few glimpses of posts last night where the praise level seemed to be pretty consistent. Actually reading the reactions have me just as worked up as seeing the finale.
I really want to re-watch it, but I still haven't caught my breathe.
I was telling fickleone
that I was feeling slightly disconnected from BSG this season. While I'd liked some of the S4 episodes, the season just didn't feel as awesome as S3 had. I wasn't sure if it was because I'd not spent any real time this season connecting with other BSG fans and podcasts due to my SPN obsession, or if the season just wasn't as good. I think I was scared the season wasn't as good. I've been very consistent in my belief that BSG is absolutely the BEST show on TV. (SPN fans/friends--don't kick me out of fandom! SPN will always be the show of my heart.)
Last night's episode totally and completely reassured me that BSG IS the best show on TV.
I'm serious. If you are NOT watching BSG--you really really need to. EVEN if you don't like science fiction. I've gotten several family members and friends hooked on it who absolutely HATE sci-fi. But they love this show.
I got fickleone
and my brother's family watching it -- and while they ARE sci-fi fans. I'm not sure they really understood my insistence on the grandeur of this show until they finally got to borrow my S3 DVDs. fickleone
emailed me just yesterday(?) OMG'ing it after watching the S3 finale. While they were in the middle of S3 she said she finally understood why I said I what I said about this show.
Even the music is amazing. It's written by Bear McCreary (who writes about it on his blog
). My husband is not a huge fan of classical-type music. The BSG scores are not purely classical--actually I'd call them more Opera-like. And he is definitely NOT a fan of opera. But he loves the BSG scores. He listens to them all the time on his iPod.
So I guess the point of this post is---if you haven't seen BSG. Go out and rent the DVDs--starting with the mini-series. Ron D. Moore (the show-runner who re-visioned the new BSG) based his revisioned BSG on 9/11 and the underlying themes are very .... man I can't even find the words. It's about humanity, it's imperfections, it's search for faith, it's search for meaning, it's search for itself. It uses parallels to past human events--not just 9/11, but WW II and the holocaust, Nazi occupation of France, religious wars, self-deception. Basically--it's about humanity. Who we are--the good, the bad, and the ugly.
It also has amazingly strong female characters.
I always use Shakespearean and Operatic to describe this show--and I could NOT mean that more.
(And believe me if memories of Lorne Green and the 1970s version is stopping you--DO NOT LET IT!)
(And I really should get a BSG icon--but I know I'll still spend 99% of my time talking about SPN and I'm too lazy to change out an icon just to change it back again later. So I'll let Kim Manner's speak for me on this one. I can see Kim being emphatic about this show.)