Tuesday, August 1

Aus TV Review: Battlestar Galactica

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Fast, furious action leaves actors no time to apply face powder.

In the old days, characters in Battlestar Galactica looked as if their faces had been ironed, such was the thickness of their make-up. And, as befitted a science-fiction series, its spaceship and outdoor sets, along with the computer-animated battle scenes, were heartily fake. No one sweated, hairstyles and make-up withstood every situation and the acting was straight from How to Act in a Science-Fiction TV Series or How to Keep it Minimal When the Cylons are Attacking.

Now comes screenwriter and television producer Ronald D. Moore's reimagining of the almost 30-year-old series. And it is edge-of-your-seat viewing. The strongest changes are in the quality of the acting (in parts, it suggests quality contemporary Shakespeare theatre productions) and the way it is filmed. The battle scenes are fast, furious and lashed in sweat, dirt and stark lighting.

Tonight's episode, which features President Roslin behind bars and Colonel Tigh trying to correct an emergency jump as Commander Adama hovers towards death after being shot by a Cylon infiltrator, is reminiscent of footage of US armed forces in the Middle East. Pilots are grunts, the violence is shocking and no one seems to have had time to apply even face powder. Completely gripping.

Newshound: Sci-Fi

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