One thing I really appreciate about Battlestar Galactica is that there are only four seasons. Sure, it went off the rails in Season Four with some incredibly poor creative decisions – Starbuck is a … ghost? And Head-Baltar and Head-Six are angels? – but there are so, so many shows that continue well past their expiration dates (Supernatural, anyone?) that I have a lot of respect for the ones that decide, you know what, we’ve told the story we wanted to tell.
But out of all of them, Season 2 really was Prime BSG. It could portray religion in a non-comical way but, at the same time, not overbearing, and I’m the type of person who gets pissed off every single time scifi/fantasy films get into prophecy territory. It debates what it means to be human by showing the Pegasus crew (sans the influence of the civilian fleet) and revealing the beginning of the infighting between the Cylon models. We’re also introduced to the concept of the Final Five after more models pop up, and even though I’m dissatisfied with the people that were chosen, it really was an excellent mystery to be developed over the next two seasons.
I will definitely get deeper into some of the ideas in the second season over the rest of the challenge, but I can’t do too much of that here due to the risk of repeating myself. But if you can, go watch the second season. It’s well worth your time.
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