Dark, unflinching and often brutal, BSG is a very long way from the camp seventies show of the same name. In fact, given that this is one of the most pioneering sci-fi shows in decades, its name is probably its biggest liability. This is a show more concerned with internal rifts, politics and strife than spatial anomalies or aliens with forehead prosthetics, making it a far more introverted character-driven drama than anything in the Star Trek canon. Edward James Olmos' gravel-tongued Admiral leads a great cast of characters (Gaius Baltar, we salute you) and the epic space conflicts, portrayed with a shaky, hand-held style for realism, are blissfully rendered mayhem.
Pegasus (Season 2, Episode 10), which was the darkest episode to date, shocking first with the sudden arrival of the Battlestar Pegasus and then again with introduction of Lieutenant Thorne, Pegasus' 'Cylon interrogator'.
Did You Know?
The lyrics at the beginning of the theme song are from Hinduism's Gayatri Mantra. Roughly translated it means "Oh all-protecting lord, please guide our intellects, so that we may proceed in the right direction towards enlightenment".
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