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I missed on the new BSG series and was thinking about getting started. All I know is that is a highly recommended show and that there was a miniseries precedingit. Since I am a subscriber to Hulu Plus and they have the show, it seems like that's where I'll be watching. However, they do not have the miniseries--the earlier you can go is episode 1 of season 1.

Should I dish out the cost for the miniseries in iTunes and watch it first before diving in episode 1 in Hulu Plus or can I reasonably follow along the plot skipping the miniseries?

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    Are you a subscriber to Netflix? I believe the miniseries is on there. – CamelBlues Jul 27 '11 at 2:41
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    When you get to the last season you can skip the finale, though. – BBlake Jul 27 '11 at 20:07
  • Watch the mini series. It is the start of the show after all. consider it the pilot episode. Also you can find my response to the viewing order of all parts of the series; movies, mini-series, web series, etc... scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/3641/… – Alan Barber Aug 29 '11 at 14:15
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Watch the miniseries. The TV series assumes you've seen it, and hits the ground running. The first episode of the TV series will be extremely confusing if you haven't seen the miniseries.

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    I love the series, but I thought the miniseries was overlong and slow. Keep in mind that things get better - the first two episodes of season one are outstanding. (If you don't like those, you really won't care for the rest of BSG; it is a very melodramatic show, not to everyone's taste.) – neilfein Jul 27 '11 at 0:25
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    @neilfein I agree that the miniseries is pretty slow. They could have cut it down by an hour or so and not lost any story, but the atmosphere would have suffered for it. Either way, the TV series relies on that introduction. – user1027 Jul 27 '11 at 1:53
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    Interestingly, the first couple of "episodes" on Netflix are actually the miniseries. I didn't realize I had seen the miniseries until now since Netflix grouped them all together. – Chad Levy Jan 13 '12 at 19:51
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I'm going to controversially recommend watching it later. I started without even knowing there was a mini-series, and made it all of the way through season 1 before seeing it. I thought the first episode was daringly respectful of the audience's intelligence - assuming that we'd pick up things as it went along. You're forced to get to know the characters as they go around their duty, and various unexplained things seems mysterious and compelling, as opposed to a waste of time.

Then I saw the miniseries, and I realised that they'd done all of the head-beatingly dull character exposition in that, and the bits that I thought were exciting, daring and progressive were merely out of context.

It's still (mostly) a great show, especially the first few seasons.

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    What does first few seasons mean, considering that there's only 4. – tshepang Dec 29 '11 at 8:12
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I would recommend watching the miniseries. It sets up the universe.

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I know this is an old question, but maybe it'll help some other folks.

NO, do not watch miniseries

We've watched all seasons without watching miniseries. At first it was "WTH is this all about", but then you start to get all the details.

Few years have passed, and we've finally watched miniseries. This is amazing experience. It gives you all the nice feelings the series have given, and lets you appreciate whole 2004 BSG series even more.

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    You say no do not watch, and then say it was an amazing experience. – Edlothiad Jun 25 '17 at 20:30
  • it was amazing experience to GET BACK to the series AFTER such a long period of time. and as other commenters stated, it gives up the details that you can figure out later (and have much more fun from that) – GiM Jul 21 '17 at 11:34

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