Progress Report provides ongoing impressions of serials I view them.
Season Three opens up as darkly as I've seen on a television program in a long time. Furthermore, I have to give the producers props as they had the steel to dare to put insurrection and terrorism into the hands of none other than our protagonists and asked the audience to view such behavior sympathetically even while the core audience of the series in the US watched as their sons and daughters took the role of the occupier in Iraq and Afghanistan. Again, I'm definitely not one to point at BSG as an supreme example of subtlety in television fiction, but it's certainly brave.
For some reason, I have aversion to the parts of the show that are particularly angsty, especially when they involve Starbuck and Gaius Baltar. I still didn't have much appreciation for the story involving Starbuck this time around (as well as the first time that it happened on Caprica) because I don't really see it doing much for the character besides engaging in angst overdrive. On the other hand, I actually liked some of the more brooding moments with Baltar in this section, at least during the portion of the show they were on New Caprica, because you could see the man breaking apart and even going against his oft-selfish nature at times.
At the end of this segment, we find the whole show in a very different position than the first two seasons, where the pursuit aspect has been radically changed. Part of me is concerned that the changed dynamic will loosen the narrative threads that keep the humans and Cylons interacting and cause the writers to have to stretch even more to keep driving the plot. But we'll see whether that's true or not. I do like that we spend a little more time with the Cylons and see more into that supposed "plan" that the opening credits keep talking about. On the other hand, I feel like delving in as much as we have really hurts the threat aspect of the Cylons, so it's a mixed blessing.
We'll see if these developments are able to hold out. Part of my biggest concern is that the show will have to develop distractions to keep the story going and bloat with anthology stories and risk the show jumping the shark. I hope I'm worrying without cause.