Universal has now collected the entire Moore & Eick version of Battlestar Galactica in one elaborate box. Is having a 12″ Cylon action figure worth trading in all the season sets true fans already have?
Universal (25 Blu-Ray Discs)
Beyond a doubt, Ron Moore and David Eick’s reinterpretation of Battlestar Galactica has easily earned a place among the top American-produced science fiction TV series of all time. Hardcore fans can reasonably argue it deserves a position among the best ever produced in the world.
The simple truth is superlative casting, intriguing and involving plotting, overall high caliber special effects and superbly choreographed action puts Galactica in the elite company of series like Star Trek, Rod Serling’s original Twilight Zone, Babylon 5, Doctor Who and The Prisoner.
Still, the question has to be asked: Everyone who’s a fan of the series more than likely has the individual season packages already. So, does Universal think they will then shell a possible $250 suggested retail just to have a Cylon action figure and everything in one nice, relatively tidy box?
The answer is a cautious yes.
Naturally, the Blu-Ray conversion offers the highest possible visual satisfaction. When the Galactica and its sister ships are out in deep space, the depth can be so intense one can drown in it. The crazed battle sequences, particularly when the smaller fighter ships zip around at all angles, feels better than any cheap-o 3-D effect Hollywood is currently foisting on the big screens.
Yet to true fans it’s really the extra content that has to sell this package, make them want to run to the used CD shop with their old season-long collections for whatever credit they can muster. The Blu-Ray offers some things that just might make them really, really think about it.
First of all, there’s a special add-on feature called The Oracle. It’s a treasure trove of trivia, backstory and detail regarding the major players, key scenes and internal history of the series. The Battlestar Actual feature is a fun dictionary defining much of the terminology the characters used, including every fan’s beloved word “frak.” The addition of some additional deleted scenes is nice, but didn’t do anything for this reviewer. Luckily, all the other EC from the earlier editions appears to have also come with the set, so there’s no need for completists to make room for both the original DVDs and this new package (unless they are just they are overboard collectors).
So, in conclusion, is it worth the two bills-plus one would have to invest? Personally, if you have the complete series already, probably the wise move is to invest in the new Doctor Who collections the BBC is pumping out; at least those are totally new episodes.
On the other hand, if you really, really need to have it, no true fan is going to put you down for having it. In fact, they just might get a tad jealous.
After all, the 12″ Cylon action figure does look pretty good on a book case, right next to Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet in particular.