"Battlestar Galactica" is a sci-fi series perfectly suited for people who normally don't like science fiction. That's because it has never been a big-budget production and it forced the show's creators, writers and actors to improvise the ways they told stories. In short, they got creative and found a way to be better than they likely would have been with more money. Instead of pyrotechnic effects, the emphasis is on the writing; the acting, which is raw but nuanced; and the direction, which must be nimble as most scenes are shot inside a cramped spaceship.
Though "Battlestar Galactica" also satisfies the sci-fi aficionado with an intricate backstory about a postapocalyptic battle between man and machines in deep space, it has never had any of the antiseptic distance that most sci-fi shows give off. Instead, "Battlestar Galactica" has been intimate - at times in the viewer's face with nervy, emotional landscapes as opposed to computer-generated effects that don't stimulate anyone's brain, much less heart.
But what really separates "Battle- star Galactica" from most dramas, not just sci-fi series, is that it has a fearlessness in tackling big issues. War, race, religion, gender equity and, particularly this season, personal identity (and what it means to be human, or not) have been prevalent from the start. You just don't see that very often - anywhere.
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