Do I need to hand in my man card if I admit I've never seen even one episode?
Man card? No, but you do have to turn in your sci-fi fan card!
"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which The Party is always right." - George Orwell, 1984
It seemed to have been a bit of a love it or hate it thing. Personally, I didn't like the old Galactica much, but loved the new series (even if the ending was so-so). I'd call it one of the best science fiction shows ever made. It is, of course, still a matter of taste and personal preference.
Well, sure, they were entirely different in concept. But I was never much of a fan of the super-sterile world of Star Trek; BSG of course is anything but. Also, the original Galactica series was IMO obviously aimed at a kids audience, the new one definitely not. Also, one little detail that I liked was to emphasize that this was a struggle of survival for the human race by displaying the head count of the fleet at the beginning of each episode (and occasionally in the president's office as the government's most important metric), so you could see how many lives were lost in the previous episode (needless to say, the numbers were usually going down substantially).
I've been watching through the BSG reboot for the first time over the past several months, and have about ten episodes to go. There I paused and began another series for a short break. I've loved the show so far, and really love the gritty "military" feel. The political correctness has been kept to a minimum, and the show truly feels like watching something oldschool where content, plot and story matters more than modern issues. My one issue, though, is later in the series the show begins to drag things out for the sake of doing so, especially the second half of season 3, but I can overlook that because the quality is so high for the rest of the show. There have been some plot decisions I haven't been very keen on but for the most part the writers have done a pretty good job of writing themselves out of a corner, and with the whole cylons looking like humans vs humans thing and where they take the plot has well... been quite interesting.
Great show. All science fiction buffs should see it, and I wish there were more like this.