I read a short review for the three seasons of the original 70s Battlestar Galactica TV show in SFX magazine. They gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars and called it a bit boring (I’m writing all this from memory FYI). It raised a question in my mind that I’ve often wondered. When a professional critic for a magazine (who has other things to watch, read and write) writes a 300 word review of a 20+ hour TV show, how much do they actually watch? Obviously they don’t watch it all. Or do they? Did this reviewer likely watch all three seasons or did they watch a few strategic episodes to cover each season and a few key episodes? The implication in the review is that they watched the whole thing but that seems unlikely. If they didn’t watch it all, shouldn’t the review explain this, or even given a comprehensive description of what was watched and not watched?
FYI Some might have noticed I’ve posted a lot about reviews. It’s just that I’ve been reading lots of magazines lately.