Yeah baby, Battlestar Galactica Season 3 has kicked off with a few bangs and a favorite move of Starbucks...the frakin' stab to the neck! For the second time she's taken someone out with the brutal neck stab from hell. The first was in the Cylon baby factory when she took out the doctor with a fatal neck stab with a broken piece of glass or plastic or whatever it was.
They've really went into a more macabre direction with Kara "Starbuck" Thrace this time as she then jumped on him and stabbed him repeatedly only to go sit down, casually brush her hair back with a bloody hand and have a nice bite to eat. I loved it though. Some probably found it quite too violent, but those wimps can always change the channel.
The thing I love about Battlestar Galactica is that they are really touching on present day issues without seeming to make a judgment call either way on the right or wrong of it. There doesn't seem to be a bias either way.
This first 2 hours of season 3 has not faltered in this effort either as they've tackled suicide bombings, signing death sentences, torture, Naziesque execution tactics, terrorism and complacency. Quite a load to put on their plate. They have handled it deftly though.
Baltar is really screwed in this season. Being my favorite character he used to be more selfish and complex, now he has been reduced to a pawn who has no real power or decision making at all I mainly like him because he is the most complex of the characters. Most of the other characters can be pigeonholed, but with Baltar it goes from total evil actions to selfishness, to remorse and kindness at times. I hope he ends up back in a position where he can once again make things interesting.
The big question I have this season is can they create a legendary character like they did in season two? Admiral Cain was a simply incredible character whom I think they will have a hard time ever creating someone as linchpin as her in any seasons to follow. The episodes with Admiral Cain were among the best.
There were some other great episodes in season two including the incredible "sacrifice" with Dana Delany taking hostages in the Cloud Nine lounge and Billy being killed. Will they be able to replicate their success and make such memorable episodes this season or will this season be one of those that all shows seem to go through where it is basically a bland season that pushes the show along to the next one?
I'm looking forward to watching them try.
P.S. What about Boomer?
Other Commentary on the Start of Season 3:
Leaning Towards The Dark Side
and the ever eloquent Darleen