Okay, let’s say for a moment that you don’t subscribe to EW (turn in your gay card now). You can still get caught up on the series by going to a special website they have set up called "The Story So Far." There you will find video primers on everything you need to begin watching season 3. I know you have Internet access or you wouldn’t be reading this, so you’re out of excuses: it’s time to begin watching what many critics are calling the best show on television.
Don’t give me the old "But I don’t like sci fi" excuse. As many of my readers will attest, BSG is a great drama that just happens to be set in space. There are no weird alien species to worry about; in fact, there are really no aliens at all. The technology on BSG isn’t all futuristic, but rather much like what we have available today. The story lines are very real and complex.
Take the character Laura Roslin (left, actress Mary McDonnell). Just shortly before the attack that annihilates her homeworld, Roslin finds out she has breast cancer. As the Secretary of Education, she is the highest-ranking surviving government official, and therefore she’s sworn in as the new president. As the rag-tag fleet of survivors search for a new home, she must deal with preserving order, establishing a new sort of government, keeping the military in check, and of course, maintaining the secret of her own illness for the sake of keeping hope alive in the fleet.
That’s just one of the many intricate plot lines in this series. I would recommend that if you have the time, you should either rent the season 1 and 2 (and 2.5) DVD’s, or download them from iTunes. If you can’t do that before the new series debut, at least go watch the video recaps.
With the new fall network television season looking the most anemic it has in years, now is the time to make room for BSG. Set-up your TiVo Season Pass. You’re out of excuses. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Battlestar Galactica is one of the best (if not the best) television shows around.
"So say we all."