The Good

A well done show continues to get better as it moves forward.

The Bad

I could do without the episode commentary tracks.

Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.0 continues to keep up the high level of storytelling

from the first season. Although, from what I understand the episodes here are only from the first part of the second season or something like that (this has something to do with the Sci Fi Channel’s TV schedule), I am just happy to see that this show did not let up in terms of it’s writing and characters. The mission for the crew of the Galactica is still clear, they are journeying toward the 13th Colony, Earth. If making this trip wasn’t dangerous enough, the threat of Cylon’s infiltrating the ship hangs over all the character’s heads like an anvil waiting to drop. While it seems as if the crew would be able to overcome any obstacles in the pursuit of their own self preservation, one still can’t help wonder what might happen when they have to face some of the greatest fears?

Fans of the show will also be happy to know that “Number Six” continues to be a prominent character on display. Edward James Olmos also does a very good job in the Commander Adama role. In fact, the entire cast of Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.0 really acquits themselves well. As a viewer, especially in the genre of sci-fi, I hate it when it seems like the actors are “camping” things up. All the characters play their roles as seriously as possible, and because of that their situations take on an almost heightened feel.

Features

Episode Commentaries; Deleted Scenes and Battlestar Galactica Called Podcasts these Episode Commentaries are done by executive producer Ronald D. Moore. While I think what he has to say is very interesting, and I am sure his insights please the fans of the show, at the end of the day someone should tell this guy to lighten up just a bit. Here he is talking about something that he obviously loves, yet that is tainted by his lack of personality. Asking him to fake it or be more peppy would probably be wrong, so I am going to say that overall, I think he does a very good job breaking down the characters and the episodes he discusses.

Deleted Scenes

are are aplenty here and if I didn’t know this was only part of a season, I would think these two extra features alone would be enough to placate the fans. While there are too many to really get that in-depth about, if I was a diehard fan of the show I would very much appreciate the information these scenes provide.

Lastly, the Battlestar Galactica Sneak Peak shows us some what of this set is missing. While I like the whole cliffhanger aspect this evokes, if I had to buy these sets I would probably not be happy. While I understand that the Sci Fi channel looks to boost their ratings by making everything available, the core audience, the people who keep this show on the air, want everything at once. If this release pattern is just perceived as way to make more money, it could possibly effect this show very negatively.

Video

1.78:1 - Widescreen. This show is very structured, stilted and almost everything else that I dislike about today’s TV. However, due to the fact that it is a science fiction vehicle, set in outer space, I am willing to be more forgiving. When I think of the solar system, or more importantly astronauts/soldiers traversing this solar system, I can believe that they would act this way. It would make sense that the people in charge might speak in tight lipped tones, and the actions of the crew would be almost mechanical. When this works to serve the medium of the story being presented, I find that all the things I don’t like about present day TV end up being things that bolster something like Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.0.

Audio

Dolby Digital 5.1 - English. I didn’t think that there was anything that special about the sound design, although for a “TV show” I think it sounded exceptionally big. That’s also another thing that the creators of this show really get right. It sounds like we are watching a movie. Since there are no commercials that come in and interrupt what we are seeing, the episodes that make up these discs are free to play as one long narrative. The audio then becomes a device to support and bolster the story, while thankfully never overpowering it.

Package

Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park are featured on this front cover that seems like it was just rearranged from the first season. The back gives us a description of the second season, a “Special Features” listing and some technical specs. The 3 discs that make up this set are each housed in their own slim, plastic cases with an index of the episodes and descriptions on the back of them of each show. Anyone who owns the first season, will undoubtedly realize how much smaller this second one is. While I think the packaging looks good, I wonder if it was worth all the trouble and headaches they are going to encounter by not just waiting and releasing everything together?

Final Word

While I was sad to check to the internet and find a lot of complaints about how this box set was released, I still think it is very well put together and worth owning. However, I am a little nervous about recommending people to buy Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.0, mainly because something tells me if the fans wait, they are going to eventually release the second season as one complete season and not in two parts. Lastly, while I don’t typically go for these “sci-fi” shows, I have come into Battlestar Galactica early enough so I am able to really follow along with where the episodes and the characters are going.

So, if you must, buy Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.0, but I would say rent the set for now and then buy the second season when it comes out as one proper release.