Tuesday, September 19

'Battlestar' transcends time, place, space

Source: The Daily News

Though it's on the Sci Fi Channel, the least interesting thing about "Battlestar Galactica" is the science fiction.

Take the addicting action drama, translate it from outer space to another setting - such as the Middle Ages - and it would be just as addicting. Putting it in the future does add an intriguing twist, however. It's a future where the last of humankind is on the run from its creations - the Cylons, an artificial intelligence that has evolved to the point where some of them are nearly identical to people.

Diving into "Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.5 (Episodes 11-20)" may not seem the place to start, but it makes sense to fans. Sci Fi usually airs the show in 10-episode segments.

Season two ended with the Cylons having conquered the remaining humans (about 50,000) who had settled on a habitable planet, while Galactica - the battle spaceship that had protected them - is hiding.

"season three, dubbed "The Resistance," begins Oct. 6. You can watch Webisode teasers at scifi.com.

Besides strong storytelling that places emphasis on personal conflict, religious themes and questions of community over razzle-dazzle, "Battlestar Galactica" boasts an attractive cast. Edward James Olmos as Cmdr. William Adama, the leader of the military, is a real presence on screen, giving authority to the role. Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin and James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar, who has mixed loyalties because of his relationship with a Cylon spy (Tricia Helfer), are clever political adversaries.

And despite the dreary future that "Galactica" postulates, the show boasts plenty of eye candy with Grace Park, Katee Sackoff and Kandyse McClure. The blond, seductive Helfer is the poster girl for fan sites. Fortunately, all of them can act, which is no surprise. "Galactica" itself was a surprise at first, considering the creaky, silly TV series it springs from. The new series is a surprise no more. It's one of the best shows on TV.

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