Why I Miss Battlestar Galactica
I’m still in mourning.
My favorite television show of all time has gone away, and I think the stages of grief are just now kicking in. I realized this when I tried to find something decent to watch on the tube this week. It’s just not happenin’. There is nothing out there as incredible, intelligent, or engrossing as BSG. It’s true that I am an unabashed fangirl, but I do believe that BSG is one of the best TV series in history. Period. Why, you say?
How about these three major points…
Watching BSG is a lesson in how to run a show well. First, hire script writers who are at the top of their field, and let those writers carve out an incredible mythology that is as interesting as any of the action when things “blow up”. Second, let the creators and directors of the show expand on that vision, enhancing the character development with action sequences that serve to highlight character issues and philosophical touchstones. Check, and check.
All the glorious verse and fine-tuned CGI are worthless if you have actors that can’t live up to the material. BSG found an ensemble of actors that managed to inhabit their roles so seamlessly that you began to live vicariously through their escapades. Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos as President Roslin and Admiral Adama were the matriarch and patriarch of this clan, giving ethos and pathos to the lost colonists of Earth. Their performances were never acknowledged by Emmy voters, which is a crying shame. Katee Sackhoff’s Starbuck could have been nothing more than a whiny, unhinged annyonance in a less-able actor’s hands, but she carved out a niche in Sci-Fi history, making Starbuck a kick-ass heroine for the ages. Tricia Helfer’s slinky, fascinating Six fueled the equally intriguing performance of James Callis’ Dr. Baltar. These two worked together like a finely oiled machine.
Vision is Key
Ron D. Moore helped save Star Trek: The Next Generation when it was at its lowest point, and he helmed BSG like any worthy captain should. He always had the series’ final destination in mind and (SPOILER ALERT) wasn’t afraid to shake up the fans with much-needed change. Let’s face it, the BSG crew always functioned in a fragile world, and Moore wasn’t afraid to throw some serious punches to prove it (Starbuck’s death, Gaeta’s mutiny, Dee’s suicide). The final three episodes of the series were head-scratching, tear-inspiring works of art because the creators and writer’s knew when to turn everything upside down and inside out.
This is why I miss this incredible show. R.I.P. BSG. I plan on re-watching the entire series from start to finish soon. Requiescat in Pace.
Here’s a glimpse at what started it all – the incredible first episode, “33” is still one of the best hours of TV ever created.