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“There are many copies” - Entertainment Spotlight: ‘Battlestar Galactaca’

“This has all happened before and it will all happen again.” Is one of the recurring lines of NBC’s 2004 reboot of ‘Battlestar Galactaca.' Whether this is reference to the series’ ending message or a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the preceding installments (1978’s original of the same name or the 1980 short lived ‘Galactica') is unclear, but probably the closing scene’s message.

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All three tell the tale of mankind’s betrayal by their overzealous pursuit of technology untimely resulting in their near genocide at the hands of their rebelled robot servants, the Cylons). In hopes of discovering the long fabled Earth the surviving remnants of mankind’s fleet of starships and soon discover that the Cylons are often less of a threat than their own race.

In the most recent (and best received) incarnation, the Cylons have developed the technology to seamlessly mimic humans and infiltrate their society, only further adding to the suspense. Also unique to the latest are Edward James Olmos as Captain Bill Adama and the ace pilot “Starbuck” (NO relation to the equally infamous coffee chain) is portrayed by Katee Sackoff, that’s right, a girl!

The story is very enveloping and contains many elaborate twists that help explain why it outlived its predecessors.

Speaking of, if you enjoy the reboot, try the originals, but don’t be surprised if you find them difficult to watch due to their poor CGI and corny performances. The last iteration may be slow to get into, but there’s a very good chance that you’ll find yourself relating to ‘Portlandia’s' cast in Season two, episode two’s ‘One Moore Episode” who wind up binge watching the (newest) series.

All four of the mentioned television shows are currently available via Netflix instant and I, personally, endorse both ‘Portlandia’ as well as this article’s main subject, the 2004 version of ‘BSG’ (as you may soon come to reference it).

But don’t be alarmed, unlike the earlier versions, the newest doesn’t require you to be an aficionado of space travel of sci-fi, but concentrates more on the human condition. That’s not to say that the sci-fi esoteric won’t enjoy though; this series pleasantly blends and balances the two worlds.


P.S. If my diatribe wasn’t successful in convincing you, perhaps the attached video will be…

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