Not a 'fan' per se.... I was a member of this board before I became a regular viewer.
In season 1, I didn't ever think the show was as horrible, tho as people here were making it out here. Season 1 actually had a consistency and a suspense to it, that seemed to be going in a genuine direction. The big bragging point the fans had back then, was 'gritty realism' -- it was realistic. It happened in space, but it dealt with situations, emotions, events that could conceivably happen to its viewers, in the real world.
But shared visions of an opera house, a planet of Cylons who all got killed in a war 2000 years ago, when Cylons were supposedly invented on Caprica 50 years ago... true love being a necessary ingredient for conception... 'head characters'; these are not concepts grounded in reality.
EJO always swore he'd walk if they ever happened upon an alien planet; aliens, you see, aren't gritty & realistic, they are fantasy. But mystical visions, apparitions, beings in glowing white robes, 'special destinies'... these things are fantasy, as much as aliens are. I don't see the difference.
It was when the show seemed to just leap away from its original premise, right around the year jump... I always figured they ran out of ideas to keep that same premise alive, so they did the year jump to just toss it all & start off in a much hokier direction-- if I ever was a 'fan' I quit being one, about then.
Still... I watch it every week, so I have to admit, I must like the show on some level.
That's strange. I found the visions at the Opera House, Inner Baltar and Head Six the BEST of BSG, and the fact they disregarded it is the main reason why I rejected the show at the moment. I was really intrigued by the concept of "Supernatural Science Fiction", it was something that was never tried before, and sounded genial to me. Or at least, very promising...this could have really changed the concept of Sci-fi and would have been a landmark of the genre.
Instead of "supernatural sci-fi", we got granny fucking around, sado maso love story between elder people and top models, cheating wives and plotholes.