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Battlestar Galactica (How to Watch the Series)

Josh’s Guide to Watching Battlestar Galactica!

I hope you enjoyed my recent series, giving a step-by-step guide to watching (and falling in love with) Star Trek!  After getting to Deep Space Nine, my strong recommendation is that, rather than continuing with any of the mediocre series or movies that came after Deep Space Nine, you shift to a different show that, to me, is a perfect next step after watching DS9: the reimagined Battlestar Galactica!  

The “reimagined” Battlestar Galactica was a reboot of the original Galactica series from 1978.  This new Galactica ran for four seasons on the Sci-Fi network between 2003-2009.  That show was created and overseen by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.  Mr. Moore was one of the best writers from Star Trek The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.  Battlestar Galactica was a huge leap forward in the types of stories that Trek had been developing through Next Gen and then DS9.  It’s much darker than Trek, and the episodes are much more tightly connected than Trek episodes ever were.  But it’s very cool to see how ideas (characters, themes, approaches to storytelling, etc.) that Mr. Moore and the other Trek writers were playing with were taken to the next level on this different series.

If you’ve followed my recommendations and watched and enjoyed Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the end of DS9 will flow very smoothly for you into the start of Battlestar Galactica.  And, of course, the series completely stands on its own, so even if you’ve never seen ANY Star Trek, I highly recommend you give Battlestar Galactica a try!

I really love this show.  It’s one of my favorite sci-fi shows ever.  But, seriously, Battlestar Galactica is not just an amazing sci-fi show, it’s an amazing TV show, full stop.  Don’t let the title stand in your way!  If you like ambitious modern TV dramas, you will enjoy Battlestar Galactica!  As co-creator David Eick once famously put it: “we set out to make a space opera that would be appealing for people that hated fucking space operas.”  The series was included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time; Time Magazine called it one of the 10 best shows of the 2000s; Alan Sepinwall included a lengthy section on the show in his wonderful book How the Revolution was Televised, about groundbreaking dramas that changed TV forever; I could go on and on.

The series began with a two-part, three-hour mini-series (which is terrific), and then it ran for four seasons.

It’s all pretty fantastic!!  (I will be upfront that the fourth and final season is a bit wobblier than I wish it was.  That season … [continued]