Star Trek: Enterprise has been cancelled. Somehow, it seems that they are canceling the series at its high point, since the last few episodes detailing the birth of the Federation of Planets has been highly entertaining and some of the best Enterprise episodes to date. Still, even die-hard Star Trek fans will admit that the tour de force that yielded the last two episodes did little to erase the last four years of mediocrity that the series had endured.

Not since the end of Star Trek: The Original Series have we seen a time where there wasn’t a Star Trek television or film project in at least pre-production. The Paramount lot has had a Star Trek production somewhere on its lot since 1977, when construction of the sets for Star Trek: The Motion Picture began. Ultimately though, I find it hard to believe that Viacom, Paramount’s parent company, will abandon the Star Trek franchise completely. Alas this is just a hiatus and not the end–by a long shot.

Luckily for Sci-Fi loyalists there is a new series in town, Battlestar Galactica. Thankfully, this isn’t the Battlestar Galactica that many of us remember, with Dirk Benedict smoking cigars and acting like an ass. The old series did not have the gravitas needed for it ever to be taken seriously. The crew used to sit around and drink Ambrosia all while playing slap-ass with each other and the beautiful female members of the crew. It was very seventies. You never got the sense that the Cylons were a real threat and the humor took away from the series.

This new Battlestar series is different.

The first episode of the new series was titled “33.” It portrayed the crew of Galactica dealing with the fact that they were being attacked by Cylons every 33 minutes. Since escaping the Cylon attack on their homeworld, Caprica, they had been jumping into hyperspace to every 33 minutes for five days to escape from them. The Cylons’ relentless attack did not cease. In short, the members of the crew either did not sleep or get proper sleep for a long time and they were starting to crack from sleep deprivation. In my opinion, this was one of the best pieces of Sci-Fi I have ever seen. The human drama was real, the technology did not get in the way of the storyline, and it just worked. The episode had great writing and even better acting from the cast, led by Edward James Olmos.

I know that there are a lot of Trekkies and Scapers out there that were hoping for a new original show that would fill the void, well this is it. Even though it is a remake of an old show, enough things have been changed to make it original and fresh. If you haven’t seen the show yet you should definitely check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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