Yesterday I finished the second season of Battlestar Galactica. I think I overall prefer the first season over the second, but there was definitely a lot of interesting choices made this time around.
I thought the addition of the Pegasus made for some great episodes.. lots of political conflict, philosophy, and suspense. It was kind of a shock that they ended up dealing with so many of these matters so quickly. It got to the point where if an actor I recognized showed up, I pretty much figured they'd be dead by either the end of that episode or the next one. I guess it gives people a chance to guest star on the show and make appearances, but overall it sort of made things rushed. I would have liked to see them play things out on a slower build than that.
I hate to sound like a shipper, but these characters are so well defined that I think you can't help but be attached and want to see some of them get together. As such, when Kara was suddenly in love with Samuel Anders, and Lee and Dualla were hitting it off, I got mad. D and Billy had a very sweet romance going on, and Kara and Lee obviously like each other. Kara and Sam have no chemistry together whatsoever, and I couldn't get into D and Lee because I wanted them to be with other people. It seems obvious that they did all this because they're probably saving Kara and Lee's final hooking up to be something that doesn't happen until the end of the show. I just would have preferred a more believable attachment between either of the existing couples this season to make me be OK with it. Instead I found myself yelling at them through the TV a lot.
On a related note, OMG Billy. It's a sign of a truly well done show when a character that I never really thought I gave two shits about is suddenly making me shed tears. Well done, BSG, well done.
As far as the big jump forward in the season finale... honestly, I'm not crazy about it. Whereas the ending of Season 1 made me want to hurry and start watching Season 2, I'm currently feeling like I want to watch some more movies via Netflix before I continue on to the next season. It's almost like they wanted an excuse to make it a whole different kind of show. But I'll just have to wait and see where they are going with it.
Overall I'd give the season a B+