oBSG went out with a good one - "The Hand of God", where they quit running and take a basestar head-on. That's the one that had Starbuck and Apollo sneaking on board and sabotaging it, and waggling the wings of their returning cylon raider to show that they weren't cylons (also repeated in nBSG when Starbuck gets stranded on a planet with a crashed cylon raider). And then there's the final scene where you're pretty much screaming "GAH! SO CLOSE!" at the screen.
The supporting characters surprised me a bit too - both with continuity and their general awesomeness. Sheba (Anne Lockhart, the other original BSG babe
) is still looking for her father and the Pegasus, and later in the series they remember that they have Baltar captured and that they have his cylon fighter that he came over with (which was used in the aforementioned Hand of God). Colonel Tigh and Boomer deserved more of their own episodes too (I guess the excellent Fire in Space was one of for both of them), and it would have been nice to have some more focus on Casseiopeia, and Rigel and Omega (whose roles, along with Athena's, got split between Dee and Gaeta in the new series). And on the other side, Lucifer is completely awesome and used far too little!
One of the things I do prefer about the new series is the lack of humans or aliens. The cylon annihilation of humanity is rather half-hearted in the original series - it seems that they just attack the colonies and then leave. Meanwhile, Galactica encounters a different human colony pretty much every week!
The War of the Gods stuff was a little silly, but the idea of 'greater powers playing with the humans' was there in Season 1 of Space 1999 too, so maybe it was a sign of the 70s or something. I loved the observation by Baltar that Count Iblis' voice was the same as that of the Imperious Leader (which I guess they planned all along), and Iblis shoots down the idea that they're one and the same while completely not denying it
It's a shame that it didn't continue for more than one season - a few more seasons of fleeing the cylon tyrrany would have been really interesting (yes, I know there was Galactica 1980. That might as well have been a completely different show, given the gigantic reduction in quality and totally different focus).
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