I'm not hugely into sci-fi. I love the original Star Wars movies, but I think part of that has to do with the fact that I grew up with it. (I had a Princess Leia doll before I was four.) I love Firefly, but I love anything Joss Whedon does. (Plus, he always examines genres in a really interesting way). But as a genre, I don't tend to get into sci-fi a lot.*
Which is why my new affection for Battlestar Galactica took me by surprise.
It's pretty standard sci-fi when you boil it down to major plot points: robots got smart and rebelled; the human race is trying to survive; they fly around space. Not exactly the space-cowboys of Firefly.
But I think Battlestar Galactica goes to show that, whatever your premise, with kick-ass characters and brilliant writers, your show is going to be a hit. At least with me.
So far I've only seen the first few episode of season 1, but I'm looking forward to more. And Admiral Adama** might have to be added to my secret family tree.
*Confession time: I only read the first Hitchhiker's Guide book. I thought it was funny but I didn't care enough to pick up the rest. Sorry!
**Obama? Adama? Coincidence?