Progress Report provides ongoing impressions of serials I view them.
"Battlestar Galactica", the series, almost starts with a whimper, especially when compared to the epic mini-series. The scale of the show instantly drops and becomes smaller and that was initially disconcerting for me in "33", the first episode, where the Colonial Fleet continues to encounter Cylons pursuing them every 33 minutes. However, it's hard to expect that in a series format, the same continuous epic storytelling could continue at the same pace. Each episode needs to be satisfying in itself, as per American television custom, and so each story focuses on some small aspect of what's going on while contributing to the larger tale.
The show splits time, with at least 3/4 of the show focusing on the Colonial Fleet and then a small piece of time spent with the fake Boomer (granted, we already know that the "real" Boomer is also a sleeper Cylon) and Helo (who survives annihilation for a reason not yet known) on Cylon-occupied Caprica. At least within the first five episodes, this secondary storyline doesn't seem to add much to the overall story so it's good that the show doesn't spend too much time on their exploits.
It's too bad that the first three episodes seem like setups with not a lot of internal character development as the Colonial Fleet mostly focuses on disasters--but it's also clear that everything that happens in these initial episodes are setting up for a payoff later in the series, whether in the first season or a later season. There is some very interesting tension being built up within the sleeper Boomer as she finds herself in suspicious situations and essentially ends up fighting the Cylon within herself while also trying not to face what she suspects might be true, perhaps as a Cylon-programmed self-defense mechanism.
It's only in the two-parter, "Act of Contrition" and "You Can't Go Home Again" that the show really picks up the pace, exploring more deeply into the history of Adamas-Starbuck and building upon the internal character drama. My hope is that the show doesn't devolve into the Adama-Thrace show as there is lots of fertile ground in many of the other characters to explore, but seeing that they began with the most developed backstories, I'm glad we actually get to see more than a hint of one.
I'm still conflicted about Garius Balter's storyline as he seems almost insufferably self-absorbed and I don't entirely know what to make of the Cylon that keeps appearing in his mind. I wish he were more conflicted as that might make him a more interesting character and more worth exploring. There are also a lot of moments, especially in the fifth episode that cause my brain to logically implode (plot holes) and I have to hope that they'll be answered or at least handwaved away so that I don't dwell on them anymore. Still, the show really picked up and while I didn't necessarily feel a drive to watch more episodes after the first three, after the fifth, I have to say I'm very curious where the story will go.