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(Note: I meant to write this post on Saturday, but we got home way too late. Now I'm even more tired than I was on Saturday, but I know that if I don't write this post tonight I never will, and there's a few thoughts I really do want to share, in my fashion.)

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to see the miniseries/pilot that inaugurated the new Battlestar Galactica with my friends [livejournal.com profile] pmat and [livejournal.com profile] shakati. Although I was around when the first Battlestar Galactica hit the airwaves, I barely watched an episode or two because it was so awful, and I don't remember much of anything else about it.

The new miniseries isn't bad. It was certainly better than the original BG, which had all the charming production values of the equally ill-fated "Space 1999". But as I watched, I kept thinking, for some reason, of Babylon 5. The way the characters were introduced was reminiscent of Babylon 5. The FTL and space battle effects were like those Babylon 5 pioneered on evening television. Even the Galactica's uniforms looked a lot like the original B5 design. "Babylon 5 taught the makers of this miniseries everything they know about how to make an epic science-fiction series; they wouldn't have known the first thing about how to get started if B5 had never existed," I thought.

But the makers of the new BG don't seem to have learned much more than the basics from B5. The miniseries I saw has a reasonable plot, with a few nice twists. But the pacing of the story is so slow you can practically write the dialogue yourself as you watch. Most of the acting was, at best, mediocre. The chemistry between the principal characters that helped put B5 on the map is sadly absent. And the visual effects, though adequately done, occasionally stray into slow, loving pans of ship exteriors that eerily resemble those of "Star Trek--the Motionless Picture." One nice plus is the soundtrack. Eric says a lot of the music and drumming are taken from West African music. Whatever it is, the drumming makes for great fight sequences and the wailing songs are great for the disaster and mourning scenes.

The final criterion of a good pilot is, of course, whether it makes you want to watch more of the same, in order to find out what happens to the characters. Do I? I suppose so. But not as much so as I was hoping would be the case. Maybe it's better to leave the survivors alone, streaming away to find a mythical Earth.
location: Home with my cat
Music:: Mark Knopfler, "What It Is"
Mood:: 'tired' tired

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