Jason (code_delphi) wrote,
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Region 4 DVD of Battlestar Galactica, season 2

After the most-glorious cliffhanger at the end of season 1, it's been a painful wait for season 2 of Battlestar Galactica to be released on region 4 here in Australia. However, it's not long now! Apparently the region 4 DVD will be released on Wednesday 16 August... just under two months to go.

I've watched the miniseries and season 1 on DVD, and thoroughly enjoyed it. My memories of the original series from when I was much younger are pretty vague, and from what I do remember it was enjoyable but wasn't that compelling; actually, it's kind of mixed up with Buck Rogers :-). The "re-imagined" series is a complex, rich story following a well-defined story arc—a strategy that worked wonderfully with Babylon 5—with a dark, gritty feel... it's truly entertaining. Best small-screen SF in a long while!

Talking of small-screen SF... I've got to say that the first season of the latest Doctor Who really didn't do much for me. My favourite doctor remains incarnation #4 (Tom Baker). The (much) earlier series had a more serious tone, and while there was humour, it was clever and toned down. There was also a surprising amount of violence; it's amazing the kind of bodycount that could be accumulated with so little blood'n'gore, thanks to the prevalent use of energy weapons. The modern versions—from around doctor #6 and onwards—have tended towards the "Benny Hill" side of British comedy (which I despise).

I've heard good things about season 2, with the incarnated-once-more doctor apparently doing a much better job, so I suppose I shouldn't give up hope!
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