You have to give props to this franchise in that they keep on going like the Energizer bunny. For a couple of generations Battlestar Galactica has been a sci fi series that most people recognize. This spin-off goes a little back in time to tell the tale of the young captain William Adama (Luke Pasqualino – from television’s Skins UK version) and his first incursion into the First Cylon War.
The battle between humans and the robots they made, Cylons, is happening across the 12 Colonial worlds. William Adama is a young rookie but very talented fighter pilot. His first assignment is a big one in that he finds himself part of the top battlestar in the Colonial fleet – the Galactica.
It is not exactly a warm welcome that the cocky young pilot gets as his older co-pilot, Coker (Ben Cotton – The Chronicles of Riddick, Slither), is not very happy to be partnered up with him. Very soon after they meet the two are forced to put their differences aside as they are given their first mission. On the surface the assignment seems like an easy one. It is a routine escort mission that involves transporting a female computer designer, Dr. Becca Kelly (Lili Bordan).
Part way through the mission the two pilots begin to realize that it is not what it seems. It is a whole heck of a lot more. Dr. Kelly remains closemouthed about what the real reason is. Danger ensues and then after linking up with other humans believed to be dead and finally finding themselves under attack by the Cylons; it becomes a veritable baptism by fire for the rookie William Adama.
Fans of the series I’m sure will check out this movie out of curiousity. They won’t be disappointed. It remains faithful to the series with some updated touches. You also don’t have to be a fan of the series or have followed it to be able to enjoy this film. It truly is a stand-alone piece of work that serves the dual purpose of attracting new people to Battlestar Galactica and not pissing off long-time fans.
One aspect of this film that I found different from the others and the series was the way it looked. There is plenty of CGI effects in it and that is not the problem or difference; it is the style that they used. It is less campy looking and more of an attempt at realistic special effects. I, for one, am not complaining.
All the usual elements are there with plenty of space fights, gun fights, battles against the Cylons, humour, a fast moving story, and even some gratuitous sex thrown in for good measure.
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