I am showing Battlestar Galactica to a friend of mine. We started from the miniseries and now we're working thru season one. This friend of mine is absolutely, completely, utterly disinterested in anything remotely “sci-fi” looking.
Now she's addicted.
My copy of episode 9 was somehow borked, so we had to interrupt the screenings last night with great pains. I managed to get another copy, so we'll see what's going on with the series tonight.
But the big question is: how come BSG manages to draw in a person who has never shown any interest in science fiction? How come this same friend will probably watch Firefly as well? What is it about these shows that makes them palatable to the general public?