Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

There are only a few TV series that start with the annihilation of humanity. Among the more well-known ones, perhaps only The Walking Dead can be mentioned.

Although people there are not actually wiped out, they just adjusted their eating habits and lost some cognitive functions.

In Battlestar Galactica, humanity simply disappeared. Their change of state was mainly aided by atomic bombs, which were dropped on them by their own creation - the Cylons.

Author: Tomáš Bajgar

The End of Humanity

Battlestar Galactica saw the light of day in 2003, then as a two-part miniseries. A year later, the first season followed, and then three more. It is also worth mentioning that it is not an original work, but a remake.

The original of the same name aired in America between 1978-1979 and the remake mainly takes the basic premise and many main characters from it.

However, it is a unique work that even those unfamiliar with the original can fully enjoy.

So who are these Cylons mentioned at the beginning? They are basically robots that people living on twelve colonies made mainly for work. Of course, they rebelled and a war began.

The war was long and bloody. Eventually, the war ended and the Cylons withdrew from human territories into the depths of dark space.

For decades, no one heard from them. However, one beautiful day, they returned, disabling all human defenses and starting to destroy everything alive on inhabited planets.

Well, not everything, a few tens of thousands of Homo sapiens survived.

Under the guidance of a museum battleship called Battlestar Galactica, they try to find new hope in the form of a mythical thirteenth colony called Earth.

However, behind them, they have a fleet of machines that are supposed to make their journey very unpleasant.

Tension from beginning to end

The basic premise sounds like a typical science fiction cliché, and to some extent, it is. However, if the viewer gives the series a chance, they will quickly find that the story is infinitely more complicated.

At the beginning, we learn that Cylons are not just walking toasters, but can look and act like humans, at least in two cases, even very sexy humans. Some are even programmed to think they really are humans.

And yes, a few can be found in the fleet looking for Earth. The problem is that they are not any Terminators that can be easily identified with a quick look under the hood, but absolutely accurate human copies of ourselves.

And they have a plan. Thanks to this, the series is entertaining throughout all four seasons.

No easy fun

When the new Battlestar Galactica premiered, it was literally a revelation. Unlike the competing Stargate, which had already had a few seasons at the time, Galactica was never popcorn entertainment for the whole family, but a much darker and smarter work.

The heroes here are by no means two-dimensional, as was the custom at the time. On the contrary, all the characters in this series are excellently written and played. Everyone has their good and bad moments.

It is not uncommon for positive heroes to turn into negative characters in a few episodes and vice versa. But not at the expense of the story, which is consistently excellent.


It's worth it even today

Anyone who hasn't seen Battlestar Galactica yet and enjoys the sci-fi genre should fix that as soon as possible. It's a magnificent work that captivates with its story, acting performances, excellent music, and overall atmosphere.

However, it's crucial to avoid the dubbed version for a perfect experience. It's also evidence that the rule of law doesn't exist here. If it did, the authors of the Czech dubbing would have been rotting in some dungeon a long time ago.

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