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Battlestar Galactica (2004) Season 1 and 2 review

I hesitate to call this a review. How would I even begin to breakdown and analyze such a sprawling masterpiece? The scope is too large. And how much point really is there for a show that aired over a dozen years ago? Be that as it may, I feel compelled to document and honor, in my own small way, this amazing series.

My wife and I finished watching the second season just now, and I’m still reeling. So much ground was covered, unexpected twists and retwists, and so many possibilities going forward. It was an absolutely brilliant conclusion to what has been two amazing seasons.

If you have never watched the show, do it. There is something here for everyone. It is action-packed, drama filled intensity, with twists, turns, romance, and humor. It is also the most intellectually challenging TV series I have ever watched. Beyond the overall metaplot, which has its own broad philosophical questions, it gracefully brings countless other personal, moral and societal issues under the lens of scrutiny.

The quality of a TV series is the sum of a hell of a lot of things, and the first two seasons of Battlestar Galactica fire on all cylinders, propelling every episode forward in a very powerful way, but never in a straight line, and never without asking difficult questions about how and why we arrive at each point along the journey.

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