A friend has been raving about the new Battlestar Galactica, and I have to say that I was somewhat reluctant to watch it. My friend is a fantasy/adventure/Sci-Fi enthusiast and so was I, about 20 odd years ago. But I can appreciate a well-made genre piece like Batman Begins, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Donnie Darko, The Matrix, Gattaca, etc…and I had seen some positive buzz about it on the internet. So I can’t say that I was totally surprised by its quality. But I had vague recollections of the original series being a poor copy of Star Wars with lame special effects. Well, they have totally re-imagined the look of it, particularly the production details of set designs, background, and CGI Cylons and space ships-very impressive for a mere TV show. The special effects enhance and frame the drama rather than overpowering as it often happens in films. They have totally reinvented it as a reality-based SF drama with strong writing, acting, and production values. They explore themes like the role of the military, destiny, religion, torture, democratic values, among other themes and motifs. In addition, they have spiced it up by re-inventing some of the main characters as females and introducing Cylons that look like humans-some of them particularly attractive. Starbuck proves to be a multifaceted and interesting character, one that was a male in the original series. The internal psychosis of the Dr. Gaius Baltar who sees the mainfestation of the Cylon that seduced him, Number Six, who has some mystical and provacative knowledge to bestow to Baltar. I guess it's another series I’ll have to try and keep up with.