Thursday, December 29, 2005

BSG Tops TV Top 10 Lists

It's great to see the show getting so much critical acclaim and the recognition it deserves.

Time Magazine: -1- Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi)

Most of you probably think this entry has got to be a joke. The rest of you have actually watched the show. Adapted from a cheesy '70s Star Wars clone of the same name, Galactica (returning in January) is a ripping sci-fi allegory of the war on terror, complete with religious fundamentalists (here, genocidal robots called Cylons), sleeper cells, civil-liberties crackdowns and even a prisoner-torture scandal. The basic-cable budget sometimes shows in the production, but the writing and performances are first-class, especially Edward James Olmos as the noble but authoritarian commander in charge of saving the last remnants of humanity. Laugh if you want, but this story of enemies within is dead serious, and seriously good.
Chicago Tribune: Battlestar Galactica, Sci Fi
There’s no antiseptic, morally upright future on display here. Just a lot of confused, conflicted people, in a battle to the death with "others" who look exactly like humans — and who say they are representatives of the one true God. The real joke on those who think "Galactica" is just another sci-fi show is that this gripping drama is, in fact, television’s most topical, incisive commentary on current events in our very troubled world.
TV Guide: A Bold Battlestar
The 2003 miniseries took me by surprise, reshaping a classic (if cheesy) sci-fi concept into a dark, scary, provocative adult adventure of genocide and survival. Still, nothing prepared me for the power of Sci Fi Channel's new Battlestar Galactica as a gripping weekly series, one of the best and most challenging dramas of any genre on TV today. Terse, tough, smart and unpredictable, the show pits a band of embattled humans against the cunning hybrid Cylons, who in their own spiritual explorations often seem more human than our militaristic, contentious heroes. The violent twists and turns are as grim and suspenseful as anything you'd find on 24. With shows like this, Sci Fi has shed that "for geeks only" label once and for all.
Battlestar also topped TV Guide's Ask Ausiello's Top 10 list.
1. Battlestar Galactica: I haven't been this excited about a TV show since... ever. And if that makes me a sci-fi geek, so be it. (But please, no wedgies.)

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