Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I finished up the two parter "Act of Contrition/You Can't Go Home Again" from season one of BSG last night, and I could only say, "Wow." The story involves Commander Adama, Lee Adama, and Kara Thrace dealing with the long-ago death of their son, brother, and fiance, respectively. The interaction between those three was, without a doubt, some of the most compelling drama I've seen on the big screen, little screen, or stage. All the actors struck just the right notes and never over- or underplayed the situation. Edward James Olmos (the elder Adama) somehow manages to display outward defiance while inwardly deflating when he learns that his son's death was not just preventable, but caused by Kara. And later, Olmos lets his normally dour commander's exterior soften just enough to show us how much he truly cares for his surviving son, when Lee asks - with some legitmate doubt in his mind - if his father would search as long and hard for him as they'd spent most of the second episode doing for Kara - leaving reluctantly, and only after the President virtually threatens to strip him of command - after she goes MIA. "Do you really have to ask?" the commander inquires of his son, whose face shows that, based on their relationship, he honestly does. "If it were you down there, we'd never leave," says his father. The affection shown between these two hardened characters in that brief exchange is almost overwhelming. I love this show. This may be the most compelling sci-fi series ever created, and as a long-time fan of everything from Star Trek to the X-Files, I do not say that lightly. Why couldn't I have discovered it sooner (or listened to my friends earlier)?