I watched the Battlestar Galactica miniseries this weekend. Very very good. Surprisingly so. I was worried about the semi-retro look of the technology but the story explains it very well and the rest of it looks great too. Ships, cities, costumes, new-look cylons are all very well created and don’t have the feel of tv. The “face” of the cylons interceptors doesn’t do it for me though.
The space battles are some of the best I’ve seen and are way more “realistic” than most, love the whole inertia but no gravity thing and how it shows up on the ships’ movements. The whole missile, counter measure, nukes and everything related to weapons also feels right and reminded me a lot of the way battles are described in the Night’s Dawn trilogy. Ships and submarines are often (always?) used as the basis for space battles and although they used it here they still managed to make it feel like space. I even liked the kind of tribal music always playing during battles.
As in most movies they managed to fit in a crazy “too much” moment, in this case the Starbuck move at the end which I could have done without. Just a little detail but it was the only “oh come on, gimme a f*cking break!” moment so it had more impact, to me, than it would normally have. That there’s only one is pretty good though.
They also fit in a pretty good amount of character development and really set up the whole universe very well. Should be interesting to see how all of it evolves… if it’s picked up to be an actual series.