With Caprica Season 1.0 about to be released on DVD, I think this is a great time to revisit its predecessor. It isn’t often that my husband and I can both sit down and enjoy the same TV series, but when I brought home Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 from the library, we were both instantly hooked.
The show starts off with a familiar concept: a few decades ago, humans created artificial intelligence called Cylons in order to make their lives easier, but the Cylons eventually waged war on their human masters. A truce was declared, and the Cylons weren’t heard from for 40 years. But just as the fleet’s oldest ship (the Battlestar Galactica) is about to be decomissioned, the Cylons return and attack the colonies, leaving only about 50,000 humans alive. All while being hunted by the Cylons, the last living humans must search the galaxy for their new home: a mythical place called Earth.
With a cast of compelling and complex characters (including Galactica’s Commander, his son the pilot, the newly sworn in President of the colonies, a pilot with a BIG secret, and a morally conflicted scientist), the show is not just another action-packed sci-fi adventure. It is also filled with drama, political strife, theological questions, and even some romance here and there. The twists and turns are shocking, and the plotlines really make you think about our society today. The way the seasons are packaged is a little annoying (it goes season 1, 2.0, 2.5, 3, 4.0, and 4.5) so it’s important to make sure you don’t accidentally skip a season. I could write pages and pages about this show, but I think I should stop now so that I don’t ruin any surprises. Trust me, you don’t want to be spoiled. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of Season 1. I can almost guarantee you’ll be coming back for Season 2.0 within days.