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Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2005

Dave!Good sci-fi is hard to find on television. In fact, since Farscape was cancelled, it's darn-near impossible. Even Farscape (which I enjoyed immensely) paled when held to the gold standard of sci-fi TV: Star Trek (that would be the original series, not any of the crappy imitators that followed). It's for this reason that I was pleasantly surprised when I gave the new Battlestar Galactica a chance and it paid off. This is especially bizarre when you consider how cheesy and badly-acted the original version was.

Battlestar Galactica

Airing on the Sci-Fi Channel, Galactica runs opposite the latest Star Trek franchise: Enterprise. I had TiVo record them both in order to directly compare the two, and it's not pretty. Where Enterprise is slow, plodding, and pointless... Galactica is edgy, quick, and darkly satisfying. Where Enterprise has characters that are shallow, tired, and predictable... Galactica has characters that are multifaceted, fresh, and conflicted. Where Enterprise has beautiful special effects that are pretty to look at, but boring and historically sparse (remember Odo the non-shape-changing shape-changer?)... Galactica has cutting-edge special effects that are raw, exciting, and everywhere (the new Cylons are no longer laughable men-in-suits, but CGI badasses). Enterprise is the prequel to a documented future... Galactica is forging ahead into a completely unknown future.

How sad. The once brilliant Star Trek has fallen to new levels of lameness with Enterprise. The once embarrassing Battlestar Galactica has risen to jaw-dropping dramatic heights. Oh well, at least there is finally some decent sci-fi on television again.

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  1. alice says:

    I saw the mini-series on the sci-fi channel. It is fabulously good. The characters were definitely more “real” than the 80’s version (which was great during that time, but I was a kid then)

    I refuse to watch anymore Star Treks…it’s gotten so off-track.

  2. Ben says:

    There has always been deccent sci-fi on tv: It’s called the O.C.


  3. Chris says:

    As a big fan of Star Trek throughout the years, I’ve got to say that holy crap, BG blew it out of the “Water.”

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the jerky camera moves in the mini-series and they’re still in the new series, but that is so overshadowed by the plotlines and the action.

    I’ve also got to say that the Cylons are bad mo-fo’s. I’m definately hooked and am feeling a real eagerness towards Fridays now – something I haven’t felt for ST in a while.

  4. *AGK* says:

    I’m totally not a sci-fi fan. Or, at least I don’t think I am. I don’t go out of my way to watch anything, anyway. So, when this came on, hubby was watching it with glee while I scoffed. Four hours later or so…I was hungry for more. Like I have time in the day for this nonsense. Crap. I like it. Great. 😀

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