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This is a guest post by Austin Han.

This past week, I began binging on Battlestar Galactica, and let me just say, it’s been fantastic. And, I know what many of you are thinking, “Battlestar Galactica? Isn’t that the show with the aliens, robots, and horrible computer graphics?” Well, it’s not! Granted, there are robots, but there are no aliens and the computer graphics are pretty enjoyable. Battlestar Galactica is not a series to be enjoyed solely by the diehard sci-fi fandom, and I’m here to tell you why!

  1. HOT Cast

From an entirely objective standpoint, who doesn’t like watching beautiful men and women for hours on end. As strange as that sounds, the cast of Battlestar Galactica is definitely on the more aesthetically pleasing side of the worldwide average. With such gentleman as Jamie Bamber and James Callis, and fine ladies like Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, and Katee Sackhoff. In case you’re an emotionless Cylon (the evil robots that haunt the Battlestar Galactica universe) yourself and are unable to appreciate fantastically entertaining television and end up not liking Battlestar Galactica, at least you’ll have spent some time enjoying some of mother nature’s finest creations.

  1. Not Another Cheesy Sci-Fi Show

Another concern you might have is that the network that aired this show has traditionally been known to produce such things as Man-Thing, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, and Mansquito will be reflected just as cheesy in Battlestar. However, Battlestar Galactica is one of SyFy’s quality gems. The acting is believable, the lines aren’t too cringe-inducing, and the plot is well-developed. Of course, the show has a handful of few scenes that may be a little more cheddar than you’d like, but it wouldn’t be a sci-fi series if it didn’t!

  1. Realistic

Many people have difficulties enjoying the sci-fi genre, because some series and films confuse the science fiction genre with permission to allow unrestricted imagination on screen. What Battlestar Galactica does right is in finding the balance between science fiction and the real world. The minority human fleet is at no advantage against the invading Cylon robots, but at the same time, the Cylons are not overwhelmingly powerful against the humans. However, this balance isn’t only seen on the macro level, but as well as on an individual level with the characters.

  1. Complex

Battlestar Galactica is one show where each member of the main cast is complex and becomes increasingly so with each episode that they’re featured in. Not only is the main cast complex, but the introduction of new characters are done with extreme care.

Further depth comes when the concept of the show’s main conflict finally develops. In the Battlestar Galactica universe, the man-made Cylon robots turn against their human masters and nearly force all of the human race into extinction. The remaining 50,000 humans flee their home-world in search of a new planet hidden from the Cylons. Did I mention that the Cylons have the ability to look like humans? So, while in the deep recesses of space, in the remnants of the human race hides the very monsters that they are fleeing from. With all of this, the show raises subtle parallels with the real world and our own fears and paranoia. As you dive deeper into the show, the parallels and complexities of characters continue to develop and will never cease to intrigue you.

  1. Cliffhangers

Any good show will keep you tuned in week by week. Fortunately, all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica’s four seasons are featured on Netflix instant streaming, and Galactica will keep you binging for hours on end. The writers behind Galactica will keep you watching, not because each episode leaves you on a cliffhanger to be quickly answered in the next episode, but rather, each episode answers a question while adding three more. In your endless search to answer your questions, you’ll realize that you’ve just streamed through eight hours of the show and have absolutely no shame in doing so.

If you find yourself looking aimlessly for something to watch on Netflix, I highly encourage you to pick up Battlestar Galactica. With 76 episodes, each running close to an hour, some being longer that’s roughly 80 hours of fantastic television to fill your week. Whether you’re a science fiction fan or not, Battlestar Galactica is at least a show worth trying.

Enjoy and long live the Galactica!

Austin Han was raised in Los Angeles, California before attending Boston College, where he studies Finance. Currently he is working for a legal management consulting firm in the Beacon Hill area of Boston, MA.