By now itâ€™s probably obvious that I watch a lot of TV. This is something that continually mystifies my friends, given how busy I am. But somehow, no matter the shooting schedule or the size of the deadline, I diligently consume an unhealthy amount of media. Like most of us, I donâ€™t watch the way my parents didâ€”after arriving home at a decent hour for dinner, theyâ€™d watch primetime TV, the local news, and then Letterman. Instead I tend to wait until a series is over, try my hardest not to overhear any spoilers from friends (shout out to Adam Greenberg for telling me what happens to Omarâ€¦), and then buy the entire series on DVD or iTunes. I recently started Battlestar Galactica, and as those of you whoâ€™ve already indulged can imagine, I didnâ€™t stop. I was too young to have seen the original, so I didnâ€™t bring with me any predispositions or strong feelings about the characters. All I know is that the new incarnation is fantastic. The storyline is surprisingly complex, and the topics they take on are ambitious to say the least: civil liberties, the role of government, the value of life, racism, human rights, and faith, just to name a few. The graphics are unusually good for a basic cable TV show. The way the camera zooms in and searches to find focus in the animations is a clever and powerful device that adds to the immersive nature of those sequences. And, perhaps most important, the acting is stellar. So to speak.
The entire series is available to instantly stream from Netflix. It is also on iTunes. And here is a link to the complete DVD set on amazon for a pretty amazing price.