The guy I'm seeing lent me the first season of Battlestar Galactica (including the four-hour introductory miniseries) on DVD. Last night, I watched the "Six Degrees of Separation" episode, which (according to the DVD) originally aired on February 18, 2005. I'm four years late for the party, but fervently enjoying it.
One reason I didn't pay much attention to BSG initially: snobbery. When I surf-landed on it years ago, I picked up on some cheesy Canadian production traits that led me to dismiss it. The series screamed "low budget" to me at the time, due to the prevalence of pegboard in the set construction. Even now that I'm hooked (pardon the pun), the pegboard still makes me cringe.
Another minor annoyance: the accents. XO Tigh speaking with an immediately recognizable Canadian accent gives me cognitive dissonance.* No disrespect to Michael Hogan intended; I think he's a fine actor and a total DILF. The same goes for James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar. The British accent is often used — perhaps over-used — as a device for quasi-villainous / outright villainous characters; I think it could have been left out here.**
My bitchy snap-judgements aside, I'm totally in love. One major reason: the incredible Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin. The character's health issues resonated with me.
The fine man-candy doesn't hurt, either: Jamie Bamber and Tahmoh Penikett are gorgeous.
Now if only the writers would stop inserting variants of "frak" into every third word of the script...
SPOILERS IN THE FINE PRINT!
* even if Colonel Tigh is from the Thirteenth Colony / Earth, I still think the Canuck accent is distracting
** more on the accents can be found here and here