Battlestar Galactica: Season Three


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Rating: Not Rated

Edward James Olmos as Admiral William Adama
Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin
Jamie Bamber as Captain Lee ‘Apollo’ Adama
Tricia Helfer as Number Six
James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Grace Park as Lt. Sharon ‘Boomer’ Valerii
Katee Sackhoff as Captain Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace
Michael Hogan as Colonel Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas as Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett as Lt. Karl C. ‘Helo’ Agathon
Alessandro Juliani as Lt. Felix Gaeta
Kandyse McClure as Petty Officer Anastasia Dualla
Nicki Clyne as Crewman Specialist Cally
Bodie Olmos as Brendan ‘Hot Dog’ Costanza
Leah Cairns as Lt. Margaret ‘Racetrack’ Edmonson
Donnelly Rhodes as Dr. Cottle

Special Features:
Extended Episode: Unfinished Business
Deleted Scenes
Episode Commentary
Producer’s Video Blogs

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 15 Hours 53 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

“The adventures of one of television’s finest dramas continues with the complete third season of the Peabody Award-winning ‘Battlestar Galactica.’ The Colonies’ survivors have found their hopes of eluding their Cylon pursuers dashed by an invasion and occupation of their new home. As the fate of all human life hangs in the balance, friends become enemies, enemies become unexpected allies, and decisions are made that will haunt some people for the rest of their lives. Relive all 20 episodes of the season that challenges everything you thought you knew about the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ universe. Presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound, the 6-disc set features over 15 hours of extensive special features, including the DVD exclusive version of the episode “Unfinished Business” containing 25 additional minutes of never-before-seen footage. You won’t want to miss a minute of the series.”

“Battlestar Galactica: Season Three” is not rated.

As a big fan of “Battlestar Galactica,” I found Season 3 to be a mix of ‘awesome’ and ‘not so awesome’.

On the down side, there were a number of pitfalls. These were pointed out pretty clearly by my wife, also a long time BSG fan. She bailed out early in the season and never came back to the show. This occurred as the whole Apollo / Starbuck / Dualla love triangle developed. She was also turned off by the whole ‘Trial of Baltar’ thing and the vigilante justice by Tigh and Tyrol. And I have to admit, these storylines were hard to sit through for me, too.

On the positive side, a lot went right this season. This season followed last season’s bold jump of several years in the storyline. We see the humans having to flee New Caprica after the Cylons invade. This leads to one of the cooler sci-fi moments I’ve ever seen on TV – Adama dropping the Galactica into the middle of the atmosphere and launching the Vipers mid-freefall. It was one of the amazing moments of the series.

Another step on the right track was the resumption of the hunt for Earth. And by the end of the season, they took a dramatic and significant step towards finding our planet. It certainly made me eager to see how the series will resolve itself. Also revealed were the remaining hidden Cylons (in a bizarre Jimi Hendrix-inspired moment). How they got where they are and how they react to the revelation should be very interesting.

So in the end, Season 3 wasn’t the best season, but it’s a significant stepping stone to the conclusion of the series. Here’s to hoping Season 4 lives up to expectations.

Many of the bonus features are simply the existing web content you can find online – blogs, webisodes, etc. But if you’re a fan and haven’t bothered to download them (like me), it will be new to you. New to the DVD is an alternate cut of “Unfinished Business”, some commentaries, and deleted scenes.