★★★★★/★★★★★ Review: Battlestar Galactica developed by Ronald D. Moore based on Battlestar Galactica by Glen A. Larson.
This is an American TV series with military and science fiction aspects, as well as Greek/Roman mythology, basically, the perfect trinity of TV-series.
The story is set in another star system, pretty far away from our own, where humans live in a compilation of planets, stars and suns known as the Twelve Colonies of Kobol/Man. Now the colonies are under attack by Cylons, a cybernetic race created by the humans a few decades before who became sentient and attacked their creators. The Cylons come back to what is known as the second Cylon war (a first one occurred when the Cylons first rebelled), destroying the colonies with atomic bombs, while the only survivors of the human race escape aboard a space ship known as Battlestar Galactica, as well as other smaller vessels. Now the crew, led by Colonial Fleet Commander William Adama and the new president Laura Roslin, search for Earth, the mysterious 13th colony.
“You know, when we fought the Cylons, we did it to save ourselves from extinction. But we never answered the question “Why?” Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder because of greed and spite, jealousy, and we still visit all of our sins upon our children. We refuse to accept the responsibility for anything that we’ve done, like we did with the Cylons. We decided to play God, create life. And when that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn’t our fault, not really. You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you’ve created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can’t hide from the things that you’ve done anymore.” – Commander Adama
Now the kicker in the tin, is that some of the Cylons have evolved to look like humans, and we don’t know why or how until later. Plus for bonus, men and women as equals rather than women as second class citizens.
The characters gave me life. We have:
- Kara “Starbuck” Thrace played by Katee Sackhoff, who was my favourite character. She is a kick-butt pilot , who comes from an abusive household where her mother would beat her. Kara has a firm belief in the gods, which plays an important part later on. Throughout most of the series, due to her mother constantly telling her that she was worthless, she does not value her life, so she is constantly risking it for her comrades, until she meets someone that changes that. She is so complex, I love her so much, we are talking about a woman that drinks more than she eats and who is so physically and emotionally strong. I cannot explain the amazingness this character is, I just don’t possess the talent to do so.
- William Adama played by Edward James Olmos whose backstory as a Caprican of Tauron descent makes the whole world-building even better. He is a battle-hardened man who fought during the first cylon war, and whose relationship with his son, who blames him for his elder brother’s death, makes him so sympathetic. He is also Kara’s father figure, and as such, Kara looks up to him a lot.
- Laura Roslin played by Mary McDonnell. I did not like her at all, but I could not stop seeing that she is an awesome character nonetheless. She becomes president after everyone else on the list is killed during the takeover by the Cylons. She is a perfect representation of someone being thrust into power, and having to make decisions for the best of humanity, even as we disagree with her. She also has a pretty logical savior complex.
- Gaius Baltar, portrayed by James Callis, a brilliant scientist, and the reason the Cylons managed to break into the planet, since he accidentally gave access codes to a cylon he was sleeping with. Yes, he is a bit of a Casanova, and most of the time you will want to punch him in the face with an ax.
- My power couple: Lt. Sharon and Lt./Captain Helo portrayed by Grace Park and Tahmoh Penikett. I cannot even say how much I love them, their relationship is weird. Both of these characters have an odd life, not because of their relationship, that is just my shipping heart speaking, but because of the things that they endure and how they deal with it.
- Chief Galen Tyrol portrayed by Aaron Douglas, his story line started so promising and then I just wanted to cry he is too good for that world.
- Number Six: A cylon model and a very important figure in the apocalypse, since she was the one sleeping with Gaius. She is shown to be one of the more human characters, and although I did not like her, she was too essential for me no tot admire.
“In our civil war, we’ve seen death. We’ve watched our people die. Gone forever. As terrible as it was beyond the reach of the Resurrection ships, something began to change. We could feel a sense of time, as if each moment held its own significance. We began to realize that for our existence to hold any value, it must end. To live meaningful lives, we must die and not return. The one human flaw that you spend your lifetimes distressing over… Mortality is the one thing… Well, it’s the one thing that makes you whole.” – Number Six
Now lets talk about religion.
Here we get monotheism, the belief system of the Cylons and polytheism of the humans.
The humans worship the Lords of Kobol, with various degrees of devotion or no belief at all. These gods have the same names and characteristics as the Greek Olympian gods. And are portrayed as more merciful than the gods in later Greek tales, opting for the more forgiving portrayals. The principal means of transmitting divine knowledge are the Sacred Scrolls, (some written by Phythia, and oracle who constantly repeats “all of this has happened before and will happen again” (important by the way))which chronicle the early period of human existence, when people and the gods lived together on the planet Kobol, what happened for the humans to be kicked out of there and how they got to the new colonies, while a thirteenth headed towards Earth.
Cylons follow more Abrahamic monotheism, such as god is omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent, that he will one day deliver divine retribution and that he intervenes in the world. And this view is mostly misinterpreted by the cylons themselves, causing them to commit mass genocide of human race.
“Perfection. That’s what it’s about. It’s those moments. When you can feel the perfection of creation. The beauty of physics, you know, the wonder of mathematics. The elation of action and reaction, and that is the kind of perfection that I want to be connected to.” – Anders
And now my favourite part, the colonies. (pick your own)
- Aerilon: known as “The Foodbasket of the Colonies,” being the main provider of meat and cultivation across the planets. It is considered a poor and backwards colony, that is very self-reliant, denying basic health care and education unless provided by themselves, as well as known for giving their police a free reign, including torture.
- Aquaria: known as “The Ice Colony”. It is filled with moss and islands, and has the smallest population, with a number of 25,000. These people are highly educated, liberal and peaceful, and have an odd way of paying for things (hint, you can pay with poetry). Now, do not break their peace or expression, because you will be sent off the planet to other colonies that might not suit you at all, or prison.
- Canceron: known as “The Largest Democracy”, based on population, and the over 1000 years it has maintained democracy. They are a pretty rich colony, due to coal, iron, and silver. Being such a big colony, there are many subgroups of people and much migration, as well as terrorist attacks.
- Caprican: known as the “Capital of the Colonies,” and the “seat of politics, culture, art, science and learning.” Very prosperous economy and technological advances.
- Gemenon: known as “The First Colony,” and is basically a religious fundamentalist society with a literal interpretation of the scrolls, even having a council to deal with morals.
- Leonis: known as “The Heart of the Colonies,” largest planet, and a center of education and industry, one of the most developed.
- Libran: known as “The Colony of Justice,” Athena being the patron goddess. It was home to Inter-Colonial Court, and is devoted to law, if a lawyer gets sent there, he/she is at the pinnacle of a career in law.
- Picon: known as “The Ocean Colony,” since surface is 75% water. This is the colony I consider myself from. A very advance and wealthy colony, and the center of the military (ships), as well as science. It’s people are very close-knit, and have low crime. But the best part, is that they have made available for all its citizens, health care, education, and affordable housing.
- Sagittaron: known as “The Lone Colony,” mostly because it has been the most exploited. It is considered poor and backwards, as they do not trust doctors, and use prayer and herbal remedies instead, as well as have made it illegal to sing, play, and public displays of affection. They are mistreated and whatever the hell the version of racism in this world is, since it is not about race, but culture, a bunch of them have refused to serve in the military.
- Scorpia: “Playground of the Colonies,” maybe because of their prostitution, even though they consider themselves very pious. Like in Aerilon, torture is very legal.
- Tauron It is known as “The Old Colony,” harsh environment, and mostly arid. Around thirty years before the First Cylon War, Tauron went through a civil war between the government and resistance fighters known as Ha’la’tha, and you don’t want to mess with them, they are very interested in justice and revenge rather than mercy. Like the Sagittarons, the Taurons are mistreated in society, often called “dirt-eater”.
- Virgon: known as “The Blue Colony,” I don’t know why. They are very wealthy and advanced, and pride themselves in being able to tell who comes from where due to recognizing their accents.
PLEASE WATCH THIS SHOW, IT IS BEAUTIFUL, HEARTBREAKING, AND EVERY SINGLE THING IN IT IS MAGNIFICENCE!!!!