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Battlestar Galactica – Season 2.0 (Season Two, Part One/2005 version)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C



Despite fans of the classic series Battlestar Galactica (and even the lower-budgeted Galactica 1980) now being fans of the new revised version of the series, Battlestar Galactica “Version 2.0” is enough of a hit on TV and DVD that it continues to stay in production.  Not having liked the new version, the only reason to watch Season 2.0 was to see where they could possibly go with the show.


To my surprise, it did not get worse, though it did not get better either.  To the show’s credit, however, they got away from a sort of cheapness and maybe even inferiority complex versus the original show.  It could also be said all the producers were taking the show more seriously now that it is a hit.  Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell remain, but the rest are unknowns save Richard Hatch as a new character and the only on camera human connection to the original series.


There are 10 episodes here that strictly cover the episodes from 2005, though that does not make it an entire season, but this is being released December 2005 and the rest of the episodes have yet to air.  The episodes are, with commentary tracks marked by an * and deleted scenes marked with an #:


1)     Scattered*#

2)     Valley Of Darkness*#

3)     Fragged#

4)     Resistance*#

5)     The Farm*#

6)     Home (Part One)*#

7)     Home (Part Two)*#

8)     Final Cut

9)     Flight Of The Phoenix#

10)  Pegasus



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is recent and looks like it was shot digitally, but definitely looks better than that of the last box with clearer images and less micro-noise or fuzziness throughout.  The digital visual effects are still forgettable and even including ships from the old series does not make up for that.  If anything, it makes watching the whole thing odder.  Much of the very clichéd, color-drained look remains, but there is slightly more color for whatever reason.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix may still be weaker than expected, despite its surrounds, the directional ability of which is not too impressive.  However, it is a tad more articulate.  Louder sounds still seem to hit a ceiling of compression and there is a lack of presence throughout.


Extras include co-Executive Producer David Eick taking on the “podcast” audio commentaries above on his own this time, plus there is a sneak peak of the next shows.  That is not as much as the last box, even if it had more episodes.  There are no featurettes this time around.  Still, fans will be happy with the slight improvements.  The rest of us can grab some other TV on DVD title.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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