Monday, April 30, 2007

Battlestar Galactica-The Return

Battlestar Galactica was the name of a popular television series aired in 1978. The story revolved around the survivors of the Twelves Colonies of Kobol which was destroyed by the Cylons, a robotic race of artificial beings. The only surviving battle worthy spaceship was Battlestar Galactica under Commander Adama.
These group of survivors in a variety of spaceships set off to find the forgotten thirteen colony called earth.
This was fascinating series and I have enjoyed it during my teenage years. It created a cult following spawning a series of books, films, and even another series where they were orbiting earth.

The 2004 revamp of the series was a runaway hit and set the standard for television space opera. There were some changes in the characters. Starbuck is now a girl! However, using the same premises, the story was retold with better tension, action, and great CG. Even the Cylon looks better. The series is now into its fourth season.

This book is about an incident before the 2004 series begins- a presequel. Adama is the second in command of the aging Battlestar Galactica. The Human Cylon wars were over for more than seven years and nobody has seen any sign of the Cylon.
Galactica discovered a research station where humans and cylons (called companions) live in harmony. Apparently research station Omega was forgotten during the Human-Cylon war.
Here Galactica come against a Cylon dreadnought and discover a secret. The secret of the Cylons are [warning: spoiler] they use human parts to drive their spaceship. Duh.


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Blogger Sivin Kit said...

The "new" Battlestar Galactica series has some pretty intense scriptwriting, plots and character developments. I'm following it with interest. I told some college students at a camp last week, there are times when Hollywood does pretty well to highlight the heart cry and ironies of humanity.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Sora said...

wahhh i shouldn't have read the spoilers.

but what an inefficient fuel source. Do they use the clones they have? What happen if they ran out of humans?

They should use human brain power as fuel instead (like in matrix)

7:11 AM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

hi sivin,

I like the plot lines and the character development as the series continues. However as I have only watched two seasons, I am behind time in what has been revealed. I like the religious overtone especially a machine religion.

Reminds me of another space series I like, other than Star Trek. It's Babylon 5. I like the 5 years story line and its play with time travel.

so say we all!

hi sora,

you did not miss much not reading the book. They are using the human parts especially the brain to drive their spaceships. Not not the clones. Not for fuel. When they used up one human, they just catch another one.

12:33 PM  

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