Review: Battlestar Galactica 5×1

Tigh goes swimming in BSG

In the US: Fridays, 10/9c, SciFi
In the UK: Tuesdays, 9pm, Sky One. Starts 19th January

It’s back! At last. Quibbles over whether this is the beginning of the fifth season or the continuation of the fourth season aside, it’s back and it’s bleaker and even more impressive than ever.

God bless Battlestar Galactica.

 As you may recall (if not, here’s where I gassed on about last season’s finale), I was slightly disappointed by season four of BSG. Crushed under the weight of its own mythology, straying away from the characters and the darkness that has so exemplified the writing of BSG, the show had dropped from must-see to must-I-see?

Fortunately, as predicted, the discovery of Earth has livened everything up. I won’t spoil it for UK viewers, but there are many revelations in the first episode as well as shocks that signal the writers are back on form. Whatever the question, the writers have picked the worst, most depressing answer possible for humans and cylons alike. Nothing seems the same after this episode, and the sheer misery and depression of the Galactica‘s crew is palpable.

At least, I hope the writers are back on form. This was the final script finished before the writers’ strike last year, so there’s the possibility they all got a bit rusty during their recess. Certainly, without the oversight of Ronald D Moore, there are a few rough edges to the episode, with Edward James Olmos of all people giving a duff performance as he descends into utter despondency.

With most of the questions posed of the previous few seasons answered, we now have a whole host of new questions to deal with. But they seem clearer and simpler to deal with than the previous set, as though the end is in sight and we’ve only a few more things to work out.

I’m hoping things are going to be great this season and judging by this first episode, it’s well on course. Where they actually go from here, though, now that the Earth has been found is anyone’s guess. Wherever it is, I’m guessing there won’t be a happy ending there. Thank God.

Here’s a YouTube trailer for the next episode:

  • espedair

    Great episode, BSG classic shocks and some brain twisting new questions. The best ep in ages.

  • Electric Dragon

    Pretty much agreed on all of that. Although I hope a bit of levity comes back soon otherwise I’ll be wanting to borrow Dualla’s sidearm myself. A minor quibble about how much stuff was so conveniently near enough the surface to be picked up without a major excavation.
    Also: some slightly unfortunate ad placement:

    (via Metafilter).

  • In the UK: Tuesdays, 9pm, Sky One. Starts 19th January
    Does that mean January of next year? The 19th was a Monday this year. 😉

  • Sigh. The moral of this story is never write a review when it’s your lunch break or you’re in a time machine.

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