17 July 2005

Battlestar Galactica: season 2

I watched the first episode of the next season of the very excellent remake of Battlestar Galactica on the weekend, and I'm pleased to say it met or exceeded my expectations :) It picks up with a cracking pace from where the last season left off; Bill Adama (played by old time favorite Edward James Olmos) has been greviously wounded by Sharon "I'm not a cylon" Valerii (the ridiculously pretty Grace Park).

As with the first series, the show is very character driven, with cylons, prophecies and stuff blowing up being almost incidental. This episode focuses around Colonel Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan), who, in command in the absence of Adama, loses the fleet and must race against time to find it.

There's plenty of soul-searching and self-doubt about suddenly being in command; but, far from being a cheesy tale of self-flagellation and redemption, it tortuously expolores character in a way that is uncharacterisitic for modern-day science fiction television.

The musical score for the series is remains fresh; it's composed and orchestrated by Richard Gibbs. I'm not sure if they decided to finally go with the UK version of the title music (with the beautiful vocals sung in Sanskrit in a verse from the Upanishads) or with the crappy US season 1 version without the vocals (apparently it sounded too 'middle-eastern' or something silly like that).

I'm looking forward to the rest of this seasons episodes (20 of them!), and heres hoping that the show will remain as edgy and sharp all the way through.

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