Battlestar Galactica – season 3

Let me be the one to say it: this season wasn’t very good. Galactica has been the poster child for the new face of sci-fi: intelligent, dramatic and relevant. It gained acclaim because it was about people, not spaceships. The trouble is that the latest episodes about the last human survivors fleeing from the genocidal mania of the religiously fanatical robots (Cylons), which people originally made, has brought to a head most of the dramatic character interactive plots that have been set up and the result has been nothing. What would the mad, traitor scientist Baltar do if he ever had to face the Cylon he once loved? How would she act in the reunion? If the sleeper agent, Sharon, ever got the chance to confront the people she unwillingly betrayed, how would she feel? Could Cylons and humans interact after the destruction of billions? How, exactly, do the Cylons intend to prove they can rule better than humans? The opening to every episode of Battlestar ends with the statement that the Cylons “have a plan.” Well, since they keep changing it, apparently they don’t. And neither do the writers. The show has become so caught up in trying to be relevant and controversial by turning the series into a flawed statement about Iraq, where humans have became the terrorist insurgents, that it has forgot about the drama of characters. The few episodes that aren’t politically based are derived from Star Trek: TNG plots and all of them discount the trauma of a people losing at least 99% of their population and all their territory. Honestly, the show should look to the Holocaust survivors for inspiration and instruction. It took years to set up the dynamics Galactica had and the opportunity was squandered. When Battlestar gets cancelled the excuse will be that audiences just don’t watch sci-fi. Maybe, but they do watch drama about people. And that is what the show has stopped producing.