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Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Pretty good. Not without flaws.
I just finished watching most of the first season and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. I stayed away from the mini-series for no real reason other than little time. I was eager to see it but missed the first episode and immediately lost interest.
Anyway, the new series is a decent political drama set in a sci-fi world. The tension between Adama and the President is wonderful. The cylons are tough to understand. Not having seen the mini-series there is little explanation as to the cylon's motivation. The difference between the robot cylons and the human cylons is lightly touched on in one episode but I'm still a little in the dark even after watching the first thirteen episodes.
The biggest issue with this "re-imagination" is the transformation of Starbuck from a "woman"izing, cigar smoking, gambling, hot shot pilot to a "man"izing, cigar smoking, gambling, hot shot pilot. The character of Starbuck is so obviously male that the female cast in the role has to overplay the "macho card" just to keep up with the cheesy tough guy dialogue. Throw in the fact that she was once engaged to Adama's dead son and that she is responsible for his death. . . BAD STUFF! The change in Boomer's gender is very well played. Although I miss the fun portrayal by Herb Jefferson, I always have the original series dvds. The question of Boomer's human identity remains to be seen but her story (as a cylon) is interesting nevertheless.
I eagerly await the new season to see how things play out. I'm interested in the Richard Hatch character (it's great to see him at work again) and the development of Baltar.
Overall I would rate the series 6 1/2 out of 10.