So, I’ve been re-watching the Battlestar Galactica re-imagining while working lately. In the last month, I’ve made it to near the end of Season 3, and though I knew just how awesome this show was, I’d kind of forgotten until now.
The thing that made this show work. . . well, there wasn’t just one thing. One of the main things, though, was the extremely strong characterization, thanks to great writing and outstanding acting (yeah, I judge acting — I minored in Drama in college, which I totally agree is pretty funny). Each of the main characters on the show is a living, breathing person who makes mistakes, occasionally has leaps of genius, and has problems and triumphs on and off the job. They’re like you and me, only prettier. (And it is a damn pretty cast, isn’t it?)
But the creators of the show weren’t content to leave it at that. They had to go and make it authentic, too — to get the little details right by basing it on the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. I have some Navy buddies, and they tell me that Galactica operates pretty much the same way a carrier in today’s Navy would, only with prettier people behind the controls.
So what about you, folks? What do you think is the most well put-together series (of any kind) in the past several years, and why?