While Battlestar Galactica’s serialized stories tend to have some heft and sweep viewers along into a dense science fiction world, the stand-alones (save for a few in season one) increasingly seem to be ripped from a book of classic war movie templates. Thus far we’ve seen the disgraced captain who redeems himself by sacrificing his life and the soldier returning from captivity, scarred beyond recognition. Now, with “The Woman King,” we’ve seen the story of the soldier who fights everyone, even his superior officers, to put away someone he knows is corrupt. (Granted, the show has done a lot of “lone soldier against the whole military” stories, but this one, with its racial overtones, felt like a Stanley Kramer film.)
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The first episodes of Battlestar Galactica’sthird season revised the text displayed during the opening credits, thereby distilling the series’s premise down to its absolute basics: “The Human Race—Far from Home—Fighting for Survival.” In other words, these folks live thousands of lightyears away yet inexplicably worship the Greco-Roman pantheon and are at war with a genocidally-inclined artificial species of their own creation…but they’re us.