Battlestar Galactica – Sometimes A Great Notion


Spoilers ahead!

The most recent episode was called “Sometimes A Great Notion”. What a great way to sum up this series.

OK, I admit it. I didn’t start watching Battlestar Galactica until late last year. While everyone else was sitting around wondering what was going to happen, I was powerwatching my way through all the episodes so far (Thanks, Netflix). I finally caught up today.

I have to say, I’m not really sure what the appeal of this show is. I think it must have something to do with not watching all the episodes back to back, because while I was watching it, I kept thinking “What’s the big deal?”

Don’t get me wrong. I love SCI-FI. Good science fiction, campy science fiction, … just about everything. I just don’t see what the big deal is about this show.

There are a couple of things that bug me.

First, the utter hopelessness of the show made me want to call it “Screwed in Space”.

Second, it seemed to wander off down story lines that were OK for what they were, and then would club you over the head to beat in the idea they wanted to get across. (See, “Razor”, for what I mean by that).

Now that they’ve finally gotten to Earth, and didn’t find what they expected, I took that as a good sign. And what’s this? Kara finds her own body? I expected a twist… so, is the twist that there was no twist? No… wait a bit and…. WHAT? The Fifth Cylon was WHO? Tigh’s wife?? Really?

I thought they pulled that one out of thin air. Deus Ex Machina (strangely appropriate phrase for this show). Very disappointing.

I’m not sure where this is going, or how Kara’s going to find out she’s NOT a Cylon (I did like that twist), but this show better have a great payoff, or people are going to be as upset as the sudden switch to black that hit the Sopranos.

Seriously though, can someone tell me why they’re such a fan of the show? I’d seriously like to know, because I’m just not seeing it.