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2008 Spring TV Preview: Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica - Season 4
Premieres: Friday, April 4, at 10:00 p.m. EST
Creator(s): Ronald D. Moore
Starring: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, Michael Hogan, James callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace park, Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Alessandro Juliani
Battlestar Galactica is a Scifi series that follows whatís left of the human race as they attempt to find earth and escape the Cylons. The Cylons are a race of humanoid machines that wiped out most of the human race and are now also trying to find earth. Whenever the humans face the Cylons in combat, the Cylons almost always have the upper hand (better weapons, higher numbers and of course, better technology), yet the humans have always managed to escape sooner or later. Though rarely ever without lives being lost in the process. The Cylons canít ever really die (when killed, their minds download into a new body) so thereís pretty much an endless supply of them. Weíre told that ďthey have a plan," but itís never fully been revealed to us.
The humans consist of a fleet of survivors, including the crew of Battlestar Galactica, which is pretty much what's left of the military. There's a government in place and for the most part, the humans were able to pull together and rebuild civilization as much as possible within the fleet. As for the Cylons, there are twelve models (and multiple Cylons for each model). Seven of the Cylon models make up the group that nearly destroyed mankind. There are five other Cylons but the rest of the Cylon race doesn't know who they are. Last season, we found out who four of them are and as we suspected, theyíve been living among the humans all along.
Not only did we find out who four of the final five are, but they did too. The revelation is one of the things that happened at the very end of the third season finale. When Season 4 begins, weíll see how they handle this knowledge and try to go about their duties on Galactica. Also, if you remember from the season finale, the humans were under attack from the Cylons and Baltar had recently been acquitted. Season 4 picks up where it left off last year.
Iím trying to keep the rundown as vague as possible for those of you who might be behind in the series (or havenít given in and watched it yet.) If youíre looking for a few more details (but no major spoilers) about the season premiere of BSG, check out the full review of the episode, here.
If youíve never seen the show and are wondering if the series really is worth all of the acclaim itís gotten, my personal opinion is yes, Battlestar Galactica really is as good as people say it is. In fact, itís probably one of the best TV series Iíve ever watched.
Iíve never been a huge fan of the science fiction genre. Sure, I like Star Wars and The Matrix as much as the next person but you wont see me camped out outside any conventions. What I love about BSG is that itís a story about survival. Amidst a war and the struggle to survive the humans also have to get on with life. The series strikes a good balance between the battles with the Cylons and the more personal stories of the main characters (both human and Cylon). I canít wait to see how the final season of BSG plays out. Who is the final Cylon? What is going on with Kara and her special destiny? Will the humans ever find earth? These are just a few of the questions yet to be answered.
Hereís a preview:
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