So now I will turn my attention to something far more interesting, and certainly more enjoyable. The new Battlestar Galactica. Season 2 is now upon us. At least, if you are in the US or have access to recordings from the US. There is no indication that any of the Australian free to air networks have picked up Season 2, despite (or perhaps due to) Network Ten’s botched airing of the first series down under. So local BSG fans have no idea if or when it will arrive here.
Enter peer 2 peer networks like Bittorrent. Newspapers are reporting that Australian TV viewers are increasingly turning to downloading episodes of series like BSG out of frustration. Speaking hypothetically of course, if I was to engage in any bittorrenting, I know I would still be keen to watch a series like BSG on free to air TV. I’m a big enough fan to even go to the expense of purchasing the entire series on DVD. I’m already planning to get the first series on DVD and I’ve watched that through a couple of times now. Just about all the other BSG fans I know are similarly committed to owning the series on DVD. It might just be a BSG thing, I don’t know.
What it says to me is that networks will be increasingly under pressure to air series that enjoy international success more quickly. It just can’t be sustainable for Australian networks to withold episodes for 12 months or more when your average 10 year old can download them from the US the day after their release. Sure it’s a hassle to download, and it’s bandwidth that you pay for, but if the alternative is waiting indefinitely, people will do it.
Anyway, all that being said, I am really enjoying Season 2 of BSG. Not only is the plot in this series more involved than the last one, the characters are being revealed in more detail, which is the most engaging thing of all for me. I heartily recommend it to anyone, even if you have no interest at all in Sci Fi. Suffice to say that the issues explored are very relevant to today’s headlines, and also include the sort of timeless themes of a real masterpiece. I just cannot speak highly enough of the writing, the direction and the acting in this show. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, track down the New Battlestar Galactica mini series in your local video shop — it’s easy to find and it watches just like a movie. You’ll be hooked.