Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5

Television, 2006

With the exception of maybe Twin Peaks, I’ve never experienced a drop in the quality in a television show as drastic as the second season of Battlestar Galactica. The first season easily ranks among the best television I’ve ever seen in my life. But the second season get so awful, that it took me about six months to force myself to drudge through the episodes. (I believe the writer’s strike happened in between seasons 2 and 2.5, so make of that what you will.) I would have given up on it completely, but I was assured by everyone who had made it through the series that it gets better again. And indeed, by the last three episodes of the season, the show does stop being a hollow space opera and resumes using it’s plot to explore interesting ideas of race and war. The last episode in particular seems to be an intentional reset button on the part of the writing staff. As if they said “Okay, we messed this show up pretty bad. Let’s make a new one.” At the beginning of this season I was fully addicted to it, by the middle I hated it, and now I’m cautiously optimistic for the next. 3

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