Why does Battlestar Galactica start with spoilers

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I always find it amazing what kind of series go by, or how you generally reject them on the basis of superficiality. I did Battlestar Galactica so. I've never been particularly interested in science fiction in space - never Star Trek seen or interested in Babylon 5 and had no particular enthusiasm for Starwars can develop. The only thing that is of course the absolute hit is Firefly. I knew little about Battlestar Galactica and only suspected a sequence of Monster / Case of the Week Episodes, but damn was I wrong!

In the following I try to stay as spoiler-free as possible in order to make the reader's mouth watery, but not to ruin the series. At the end I will go into more detail on the little things that I find particularly worth mentioning, but also deny the massive spoilers here. If you want to read completely free of spoilers, you should skip the sections about my problems with the series, dealing with the finale and the reviews of the outstanding episodes.


Humans colonized 12 planets and built intelligent and autonomously thinking robots (cylons) that they enslaved. The Cylons rebelled and went to war against the people. Later, both parties agreed a truce and the Cylons withdrew from the 12 human colonies and were no longer seen. 40 years later, the Cylons are coming back to exterminate the people. In a strategically planned attack and with the help of a human, they bomb all human-populated planets to rubble and ashes. About 50,000 civilians survive and the only military spaceship - the Battlestar Galactica.

Over the course of the series, the human fleet seeks a new planet to call home - Earth - while constantly being chased by the Cylons.

It's about religion as a driving force and constant motor for people and Cylon, politics and its difficulties in times of war and the bare survival of a race that is on the verge of complete genocide.

The whole paired with a great cast, epic space battles, an unbelievable soundtrack and a really fantastic story with many twists and turns, twists and turns and awesomeness results in a really great one Space Opera.


If I BSG started to look, I had to overlook the bad special effects, because they don't really work at first - stay tuned, it gets better. But you realize very quickly that that's not the point. The robots and spaceships are just a means to an end to tell a profound story about faith, hope and the continued existence of humanity. So all the CGI fuss is actually just wallpaper, which is pretty ugly at the beginning, but at least adequate from the second season and gets better and better. So don't let that put you off, the story is the essence.

The series begins with a two hour miniseries that gives us a little bit of life on the planet Caprica and shows the preparations for the Cylon attack. Then BSG fully steps on the accelerator and doesn't get off it for two and a half seasons. So much plot is told here, our heroes are thrown from one challenge to the next and the fight is told on many different fronts that you can't take a breath and ask yourself after the first season how to do it Pace can maintain. They do it so convincingly without any real gap fillers and with such well-told stories about the fleet or the cylons, or they fill Galactica with such juicy character dramas that you think you are in a different genre. Because BSG can do that without a doubt. The series goes far beyond the boundaries of the genre and does things that no SciFi series has done before.

In the middle of season 3, BSG unfortunately slackens off a lot. At this point, the correct story is being told (the effects of an important plot point), but in the wrong way, at the wrong speed, and with the wrong protagonists. The series takes too much time and unfortunately leaves some (for me) very important people under the table and focuses on the wrong ones. Unfortunately, that stops in the middle of the 4th season and then picks up speed again to end in a brilliant, emotionally fulfilling and overall simply great finale.

In addition to all the plot and the exciting battles on board spaceships, on distant planets or in space, creates Battlestar Galactica the stroke of genius that everyone wants to create, but hardly achieves a series - you just like to spend time with the protagonists. All the characters are established so multifaceted that you quickly get to know them very well and thus understand the relationships and conflicts in certain constellations well. So it's a lot of fun to sit with the pilots at the card game table, to empty a bottle of Ambrosia with the first officer, with the mechanics in the bar Pyramid balls or watch the Admiral and the President slowly fall in love. That is the quality that I am at Firefly most guess. There are the best scenes when the crew sits at the table together in the mess and eats. You just want to spend time with the characters. So also with Adama, Saul, Starbuck, Apollo, Athena, Boomer, the Chief and Co.

The following part is for anyone who has already seen Battlestar Galactica. Here I would like to write down my problems with the series, because as perfect as it is in the first two and a half seasons, it is so mixed at the end. A lot will be about details here, some of which are incoherent, mostly spoilers and, for immaculate souls, probably completely incomprehensible and confusing. Maybe there will be a little discussion about it in the comments, because I would definitely be interested in how you feel about my difficulties, or whether I have forgotten something.


  • In the third season (S03E07?) There is the plot point that cylons have been infected with a virus and should they be near one Resurrection Ships die, the virus would spread to their entire fleet and at least paralyze them. That was thwarted - but - how can you please pass such a huge nasty chance to win the war within 2 minutes completely emotionless? Much too stupid.

  • I was extremely bothered that the dramaturgical device of the Cylon suicide was used far too inconsistently. If it was just practical to see a Cylon suffer, it was not justifiable before God. In other, unimportant situations, they sometimes commit mass suicide. If something like this is introduced and is very important at least at one point, at least stay consistent.

  • The standalone episodes are always very good, only sometimes too much out of context. You jump to the sequence and suddenly there is only food left in the fleet for 7 days. There must have been weeks or months of searching between this and the last episode. The Cylon B plot continues exactly where the last episode left off. (Using the example of S03E10 - The passage. The episode about food shortages in the Cat as a heroine dies.)

  • As important as it was, the events of New Caprica To work up, it was simply taking too much time. I mean a full season? Unfortunately, so much else was neglected that the second half of season 3 was really boring. If you put this time in relation to the effects of the mutiny, you can only hold your head. Focusing on Gaius Baltar didn't really help me deal with this weak part of the show.

  • The first half of the fourth season wasted a lot of time with storylines that contributed little or nothing to the outcome of the series. I am particularly negative about this Starbucks Searching for the earth noticed. Her ship flies aimlessly through space week after week, she becomes half crazy and in the end she is back with nothing achieved. Everything led to nothing. Clear. Gaetas A shot leg and the Cylon rebels are effects of this trip, but that could have been solved much better.

  • As slow as the first half of S04 was, the second was too hasty. One example is the storyline about the mutiny, which I mentioned a few times, and it bothered me just as much as it did Sam Anders from the bullet in his head to a pure one Exposure tool has been. Here, within 20 minutes, the entire Cylon mythology was rattled down as if there was no tomorrow. It was just written lazily and you could tell that the authors no longer really wanted to tell these things in an original way. So to say the Example of tell, don’t show.

  • The mutiny in the middle of the fourth was effective and a great double episode, but at that point in the series I didn't understand why this story went like this because it didn't add a bit to the finale. Also of the deep-seated effects was of those Adama while he spoke, seeing nothing at all.

  • Towards the end, all of the B-plots were just filling the gaps, inconsequential, uninteresting, poorly implemented and technically unmotivated. Think of Baltar and his harem, the result when he wanted to take care of the food distribution among the civilians on Galactica and the handing over of heavy weapons without comment. Did anyone understand? Then the pregnancy was off Caprica 6 completely inconsequential and lee, who is the “Law” part of Law & Order played didn't work for me at all.

  • Too many characters and character developments fell too far behind me. Chief Galon Tyrol is hardly in focus after the death of his wife and the storyline around him, Hot dog and his child completely fizzles out. Starbuck acidified on the Demetrius, Boomers strolls blindly after Cylon # 1,

  • Helos and Athenas daughter Hara the fourth is only McGuffin and Plotdevice, which annoyed me at some point. Mal saves her blood Roslin before her cancer, but no attempt is made a second time, Boomers kidnaps the little one, only to bring her back shortly afterwards and at the end comes over with the coordinates to earth, which wouldn't have been necessary, because Starbuck had them ready the whole time anyway. Wanted here Ronald D. Moore take the importance of the first human-Cylon child extremely to the extreme. To emphasize that interracial reproduction now works would have been more than enough. So too many came about plot holesthan they were closed.

  • Boomers "I owed you one." is totally stupid. How about certain terrible things not to be done?

  • I would have liked to have spent more time with the Cylon internal civil war. Unfortunately, it was only hinted at, but it struck me as more important than was actually shown.

  • Sam and Kara as a couple never worked for me.

Series finals

  • I liked that a lot, like in the first part of the finale Galactica was carried to the grave. It was very fitting to have one final epic battle with her and almost completely destroy her in the process. That reminded me a lot of the final of Friends, in which their homes were packed in boxes and emptied, thus giving the main location of the series a worthy end.

  • Equally great was the end of the relationship between Adama and Roslinwhose connection through the series has been built up for so long that in the end they had such a blind trust and security with each other, like an old married couple. I could have watched for 20 minutes longer as both of them fly in the raptor over the lush vegetation and delight in its beauty after years of being locked in their steel container, even if the at least four farewells to each other were a little bit exaggerated.

  • Lee Adamas Talk about how they want to live on earth from now on, I found out of thin air. Simply blaming technology, giving up cities and technology and everyone jumped at it immediately, I found rather implausible. This decision could have been built on better.

  • Now the humans and cylons have decided to give up their technology so as not to give society a head start, not to build a city, to break the circle of war and see where it takes them overall. The final assembly then shows very nicely where our brain is working, no matter what conditions we are given. But then I found the ambivalence in this regard (whether everything actually repeats itself) very appropriate.

  • All in all, it was a great finale with one last epic space battle, in which Galactica is rammed into the colony and finally the long-awaited emotional catharsis, in which everyone can go their own way, no longer subject to political or military constraints to be and just be free.
    I liked that last scene in between Adama and Tigh was on the sofa of the Galactica, in which they toast to the almost crumbling ship.
    The quick and painless resolution around Starbucks "Secret" was enough and at the end of the finale I had the urge to put my fists in the air and shout "We did it!"
    You couldn't expect more from a series finale.

Outstanding episodes

  • 33: The first regular episode of the series that hits the gas pedal right away. The Galactica is on the run with the whole fleet and the Cylons are hot on their heels. Completely over-night and overburdened, the crew reaches their limits and has to learn that they will not be able to get through all of the refugees in the course of their journey.
    This episode is a microcosm of the entire series and lets you look ahead to what is to come in the next 72 episodes.

  • Final Cut: Cylon # 3 is filming a documentary on board Galactica, showing the people behind their visors. Gaeta, Dualla and Cat until then were only glorified extras without first names, which are only really introduced by this episode. In addition, Galactica really comes to life with this episode.

  • Downloaded: This episode shows the Cylon side of the war and thus the parallels between man and Cylon, similar motivations and problems. The Cylons even raise questions about their values ​​and morals that people have not yet dealt with.
    This episode came at exactly the right time in the series, because the point of view that the Cylons were just inhuman killing machines would not have been sufficient for the series and for me in particular in the long run.

  • Lay Down Your Burdons: (The two-part Season 2 Finale) Incredible ballsy making such a big jump in the plot (New Caprica) and then jumping a year into the future. Only by Unfinshed business it really works because everything that has happened is processed.

  • Unfinished business: The boxing episode. This episode, as fake as it may seem, was insanely important in order to deal with the effects of New Caprica to set apart. The physical confrontation in the ring, coupled with the flashbacks, worked incredibly well for me. And at the end of the day, melodramatic soap opera can be pulled through in several boxing matches, pretty cool.
    I missed such an episode after the mutiny on Galactica.

  • Pegasus: Here the other, rougher, unemotional side of war and bare survival was portrayed. The cohesion of the Pegasus crew despite the killing of civilians in order to ensure the continued existence of the military ship and the emotional conflicts associated with it were illustrated in an incredibly impressive way.
    The conflict between security and democracy with the constant threat of the Cylons in the neck has changed the fleet over the past two seasons Adama and Roslin held together. The Pegasus never had civilian ships with them and so never had to walk this tightrope. Introducing the Pegasus is a brilliant storytelling technique that asks the question - What would have happened to our fleet if Adama and Roslin had Not had all the debates? What would the situation be like if all problems had been approached from a military perspective only? The result would be chilling, disgusting, horrific and totally shocking.
    An incredible story arc that felt more like a feature film than television.

  • Someone to Watch Over Me: Starbuck tries to find meaning in her life after the terrible experiences on earth and befriends a piano player in the bar on board the ship. Together they manage part of their childhood by making music together. The Highlight of the whole season. This episode represents what BSG does best. It hits the big plot points and the small ones at the same time. You have the big story arcs with you Boomers, the Hara hijacked to the baseship and the problems that Tyrol so has the confusion of Helo and at the same time share the little moments Kara and the piano player. She hits the intimate notes and the general notes at the same time. For me - besides the finale - the untouched climax of the fourth season. A large part of this is due to the great music of Bear McCrearywho composed great piano music for this episode.


Battlestar Galactica is a terrific series that breaks genre boundaries, raises important questions without always answering them, be it religious, political or interpersonal and takes us on a very exciting journey across space. One is constantly from absolute badasses who know how to cope with almost every situation with mostly sheer will and who participate in the soft tones on board the various ships - some love, some learn to hate and some just want to spend time with.

The plot of BSG is more dense than in any other series, if you consider the stages of their journey. It's a lot of fun puzzling over who all the Cylons might be, what's behind the religious aspect of the series and what really moves the Cylons.

While I was looking through the series, I kept making notes on the side to record what I suspect about the big picture, think about certain plot points or who has now made themselves suspicious again as a possible Cylon. That was interesting to read in retrospect, because I suspected some important parts of the Cylon mythology at the beginning of the second season. I like when breadcrumbs are scattered over and over again and some of them lead to a great goal and others don't.

The first two and a half seasons are almost perfect and no reason to complain. From then on it gets a little harder to look until you land in the second half of the fourth (see my massive problems section). BSG picks up speed again and gives us an incredibly satisfying finale, with which everyone will be satisfied as far as possible.

At the end of the first season, I was already wondering how long you could keep this speed and density of the plot. That she has it for 45 (!) Episodes continuously badassery and to create without a breather requires respect.

Finally, it strikes me where I type these last words that I did not mention a single actor by name and did not specifically discuss any character. As good as the series is cast and the characters are developed, in my opinion it makes more sense to experience this development for yourself. Plus, I'd probably have to write as much again if I were to go into all of the notable characters and pairings. This time I wanted to limit myself more to the series as a whole.

Overall was Battlestar Galactica an incredibly fulfilling experience, an impressive masterpiece of Ronald D. Moore and Glen A. Larson and a huge influence on science fiction as a TV genre.


Posted by sebastian

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