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When I bring up Battlestar Galactica — whether its with my sister or somebody else — I sense they’re trying not to say what they really think: “Stupid science fiction show.” I always wish there was something I could do to convince them they’re wrong, and to give the show a chance.

Enter this cover story by Entertainment Weekly:

To be certain, the show has its fair share of far-out bits, like visually stunning F/X, trippy concepts (a half-Cylon/half-human baby whose blood has cancer-curing powers), and, of course, Number Six (Tricia Helfer), an immortal platinum blond Cylon partial to wearing crimson red dresses and high heels. But more than that, the show has distinguished itself as one of television’s very best dramas — on a par with 24, The Wire, and Lostbecause it so utterly transcends both its genre and its source material. (emphasis mine)

Dan Carlson, a critic with Pajiba, also has kind words for the show:

It’s nothing new for a series to walk the line between light and dark; ever since “The Sopranos” bowed in 1999, darkness has been in vogue, especially on cable, with “Deadwood,” “The Wire,” “Rescue Me,” “Nip/Tuck,” and “The Shield” going all-out to show the inner horrors of the human psyche as their characters fell to impossible depths of loneliness and depravity. But “Battlestar Galactica” is different from most of those shows because it features likable, relatable characters, whereas most of the other series are just crazy for the sake of being crazy.

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Conversely, the rough road that the denizens of the “Battlestar” universe walk is heartbreaking precisely because the writers, producers, and actors put so much energy into making me care for the characters.

If you’ve got iTunes (and if you don’t, what are you waiting for) you can download a free, one-hour recap of the first two seasons (or see a three-minute version here). The first few episodes of the third season are available for purchase as well. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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