I'm not sure why I'd never seen it before. I meant to; it's always seemed like the type of show that would appeal to me. And since it became pretty recognizable in geek culture, well, I can't even claim to have been unaware of it. Then again, I'm often behind the times.
So basically, Battlestar Galactica is a soap opera. In space. Lots of politics and relationships and angst acted out by a bunch of very pretty people. They did some interesting things and some infuriating things and it became very addictive. I got to the end of season one and wound up renting season 2.0. Then the husband took that as his excuse to rent season 2.5, since he missed most of it when it first ran, so I've seen to the end of 2.5 at this point.
I found some parts of it really hard to watch. When Six broke the neck of a baby for no apparent reason (an act that was never explained or even referred to again), it bothered me enough I wasn't sure I'd keep watching. And I ranted for days when they took a woman's newborn baby from her, told her it died, and gave it to someone else. Eventually, when I turned to the husband to say once more "they stole her baby," he kind of patted my arm and reminded me it is, in fact, fiction.
Granted, this is coming from a woman who just had a baby. These scenes are a lot harder to watch while you're feeding your own sweet little infant, or while she sleeps not a foot away from you.
On the flipside, I really love that men and women are truly equal in this series. Both genders play powerful and important roles with a wide variety of representatives. Although it was a controversial move, I love that they made Starbuck a woman. I think that simple change added a whole new dimension not just to the character but to the show. Katee Sackhoff is wonderful in the role, adding a twist to what would otherwise have been a cliché character (although admittedly I prefer season 1 Starbuck to the more "emotionally developed" version in late season 2).
In the end, Battlestar Galactica is a very watchable show. It's not going to be my new obsession, but I'll watch and enjoy the rest of it. Also, I'm having a lot of fun accusing people of being Cylons.