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"Battlestar Gallactica- Season 2.0" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Season 2 starts off with Starbuck (Sackhoff) finding the fabled "golden arrow" while on a secret mission ordered by the president (McDonnell). This artifact will guide the remainder of the human race to the planet Earth. The Cylons have infiltrated the fleet with clones and an assassination attempt is made on Admiral Adama's (Olmos) life. VP Baltar (Callis) continues to become more unstable. And worst of all, the Cylons are getting ready for another attack after unleashing a software virus on the Galactica's defensive computer systems that leaves the fleet completely defenseless. Will the Cylons annihilate humankind this time?

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2010, Color, un-rated, 963 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG4
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - 5 Disc Set
  • Starring: Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos, Michael Hogan
  • Executive producers: Ron Moore and David Eick
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  • Violence: some
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This is by far the best series to come off of the SyFy channel. The picture quality is stylized with occasional contrast blowout and added film grain, but the picture in general is lush and sharp. Organic might be a good descriptor. Colors really "pop", especially the verdant green vegetation on Caprica and the red dress of the Cylon "vision" that plagues Baltar. Wonderful details abound. The 5 disc set offers several story lines that are adeptly juggled from episode to episode. This is not your daddy's Battlestar Galactica from the 70's. The acting is top notch and you really develop a liking (or disdain) for the characters. Having only seen bits and pieces of this series on TV and I was surprised how quickly I got sucked into the story and watched episode after episode only to have it end abruptly with...well, the next seasons set up. A real cliff hanger!

Technical

Picture quality is better than I remember on when it was originally aired on SyFy. The producer opens the series with a quick intro and overview of the whole digital production. I did not observe that the "processing" was distracting in the least and found the CGI work to be very realistic and well blended with the live action. As good as the picture was, the sound was even better, with an enveloping sound field that surpasses many current movie releases in theaters today. Very powerful and deep drums punctuate the sound track and the surrounds are in almost continues action. Thank you Bear McCreary for your awesome score! Your subwoofer will thank you for this purchase.

Extras

There are plenty of extras in this series: audio commentaries, deleted scenes, Davide Eick's video blog, "sizzle reel", and a Battlestar Galactica Career Assignment Quiz.