yesterday i watched the final episode of the final season of the 2004-2009 incarnation of battlestar galactica -- and am very disappointed that the series ended. unlike its rather campy 1978 predecessor, this series was nuanced, solid drama with a talented ensemble cast headed by edward james olmos and mary mcdonnell. the writing was uniformly engaging for intelligent adults, dealing with political and moral issues well beyond what is normally encountered in science fiction. no phony aliens, no shallow characters, no predictable scripts. like the canadian series firefly, BG presents a believable mix of retro and futuristic technologies. but always, always it is the human drama that lies at center stage. i highly recommend renting the entire series from the beginning, through netflix.