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i fancy a new series to watch and it sounds lovely.
The mini-series is a good pilot, the first 2 series are great and most of 3 is awesome too. Personally, I felt that they'd written themselves into a bit of a corner and that the last season was either amazingly awesome or fairly lame, but it always felt good television regardless. It's just that those first 2.5 seasons were SO good.
It is Sci-fi-y, but not so much that its off putting. Put it this way, my girlfriend quite happily watched it with me. And all the webisodes. And the one off film (Razor).
Definitely worth giving a go to. No-one I know that's started watching it hasn't lasted the course. Yet.
At the end I just didn't really care enough about seeing Season 2 to bother to buy it or source it from anywhere.
And the best bits of series 3 are WICKED
The old series was pretty damn humourless (one of the reasons I never particularly liked it) but this one, with the new Cylon threat, is even more hopeless seeming. We're meant to root for the characters but the fact is that even without the Cylons around they'll all be dead in a bout two months from starvation so I really didn't feel any tension about it.
To a degree this is why I find post apocalyptic stuff a bit dubious, e.g. Terminator: Salvation. The world's utterly fucked so yeah, beat the machines but then you're left to all starve and die of radiation poisoning anyway so big bloody deal...
They didn't all die of starvation
you don't like sci-fi programmes about giant stompy robots with lasers because they haven't thought about the practicalities of growing vegetables?
Nah that's not really what I meant, just that there's no sense of hope about any aspect of it. It doesn't matter if it's sci-fi or if it's set in 1823 (though post apocalyptic stuff is limited there) but it's about focus. If you're doing a film about people in a post-apocalyptic environment that's fine because you're doing a character piece.
But really this is about fighting the Cylons, which is actually a meaningless struggle.
It would be sort of like, I don't know, having a murder mystery set amongst the inmates of Auschwitz in 1940: You can only get so caught up in such a story given the backdrop is really much more important.
I went through a phase where I was getting totally bored of EVERYONE either dying, nearly dying or not dying when they (in the scheme of the show) probably deserved to.
And it took a while for me to get my head around the whole 'Wait a minute, where do they get water from, EH!??!'
But you just have to look past that. It's always tricky when people create these more realistic scenarios within a genre known for having none (see also Nolan's Batman). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It took me a while to switch my brain 'off', but then I sat back and enjoyed the ride wholeheartedly...
NB: Doesn't the third episode explain where they get water from?
But I was just using it as a way of illustrating a point really. Sometimes you need to just let things go to enjoy them, like preconceptions of reality.
I mean, where they get supplies from is hardly a massive leap of faith given that they're fighting free willed, cybernetic super strong robots that look JUST like humans...
I just personally don't enjoy depressing stuff a great deal. It's like the film 'Dancer in the Dark': It's amazing, really great filmmaking, but I wish I'd never seen it because I really don't get off on that sort of thing particularly.
For me sci-fi is still meant to be escapism. That's not to say it can't be dark but there's a gulf about the size of here to Alpha Centauri between the FUCKING AMAZING darkness of Nolan's Dark Knight and the bleakness of a post-apocalyptic world.
(And for that matter, anyone who reckons there's much 'realism' in Nolan's Batman is really just speaking comparatively.)
I enjoyed BG but I just didn't care, and that was down to the feel of the shows and the way they'd structured the original series and written to the original.
The weather always seemed to be sunny on that one.
You didn't feel any tension about the entire cast being a heartbeat away from being wiped out?
There's got to be a better way of putting that.
But you got my point.
I really don't.
or otherwise slowly dying within the year. I mean, they're dead soon either way.
I see. Did you turn off Schindler's List halfway through as well because all the Jews are gonna die anyway?
I watched the pilot and season 1 and while it was well made and enjoyable, I didn't find it satisfying enough to watch the second series.
The second half of series 3 goes off the rails a bit, and series 4 doesn't recapture the highs of the first 2 series, but it's still definitely worth watching the lot.
The pilot is amazing.
Seasons 1 and 2: Good
Season 3: Encroaching feelings of pointlessness
Season 4: Traumatically shit. I want those hours back...
^From the man who
a) Said The Wire was shit.
b) Pretended to watch it and said it was shit.
c) Actually watched it and admitted it was alright.
d) Now won't shut up about it.
Another good day's work there, Sport.
though Sci-fi really isn't my cup of tea, in fact I hate it, but I can see why lots of people love it