Battlestar Galactica: The Final Season (DVD)

This release of Battlestar Galactica comprises the last half of the fourth and final season of the highly-regarded sci-fi series. After finding a barren wasteland that is Earth in the tenth episode (available in the previous boxset), this half of the series deals with the growing conflict between the humanoid Cylons and the remaining humans of the fleet, in the midst of their tenuous alliance following the Cylon "civil war."

Battlestar Galactica: The Final Season DVDAfter the hope of settling on Earth is lost, many of the characters aboard the space-faring fleet suffer from depression and despair, so this half of the series is has a bleak outlook on both the situation at hand and the future of the human race. As is the case in many times of civil unrest, power corrupts and those that are willing to compromise their beliefs tread a fine line between heroism and villainy, and Galactica's cast and writers succeed in balancing that fine change in ideals perfectly. Original Battlestar cast member Richard Hatch is note-perfect as the series true villian: Vice President Tom Zarek, his power-hungry actions and the way he corrupts the ideals of those with good intentions is a joy to watch. His character has the perfect foil in Edward James Olmos' Adama, a leader who, in order to save his people, has made decisions that many do not, and will not, agree with.

You cannot fault creators Ronald D. Moore and David Eick for their vision of Galactica. Amongst the all the special effects, the excellent writing, and the complex sci-fi drama it also does what all good sci-fi should: it draws parallels with modern society - war, terrorism, religion, all the bases are covered and it pulls no punches when it comes to challenging the viewers perspective on the human condition. With a 3-part conclusion that turns the entire Battlestar Galactica universe on its head, Season 4.2 is both heavy going and compelling viewing.

EXTRAS *** Podcast Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, Sneak Peek at Caprica, David Eick's Video Blogs, Featurettes: What the frak is going on with Battlestar Galactica? and Evolution of a Cue, Episode 14: A Disquiet Follows My Soul - Unrated version, Trailers.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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