Some of the more observant of you may have figured out that I’m quite a fan of the new Battlestar Galactica. And for good reason: the writing, the scope, the actors, the special effects and the eye candy are all amazingly good.
But there has been much discussion recently about the show; people have been throwing accusations of shark jumping about the place.
SPOILERS for those of you waiting for Sky to show the rest of season 3.
Part of this is based upon several weakish episodes in the third season. And weak they were; Hero and The Son Also Rises didn’t do much for me, but Exodus, Collaborators and Crossroads more than made up for them. It was the same in the first season; Colonial Day and Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down weren’t great, but 33, Litmus, The Hand of God and Flesh and Bone rawked. In season two, there were many weak episodes (including a frankly shite one about the black market), but the Pegasus arc was stunning. Anyway, what I’m saying here is that the quality of the episodes hasn’t actually decreased. So no shark jumpage there.
Another part of the accusation is based upon the death (and subsequent return) of a certain rather fine blonde. And accusations of her possible cylonhood. Personally, I don’t think she is a Cylon, for one reason: the Ship of Lights. RDM has shown a fondness for reusing elements from the original series in a new way, and this would suit. Otherwise, I can’t think how a ‘reborn’ Starbuck would manage to get her hands on a MarkII, decades after they were withdrawn from service.
Oh, and finally, a show that produced ten minutes as good as the last episode’s cannot have jumped the shark. I’m still bloody thinking about the twists and turns, four days later…