6 pros and cons of the hardcore Battlestar Galactica roller coaster ride
Are there more thrills than spills?
After a 22-month-long repose, Battlestar Galactica is finally back in action, and now features a two-seater ride instead of the usual four, so that everyone gets a “window seat”.
So far, the attraction has garnered much attention from the media, with one of our mainstream press counterpart releasing articles on the attraction at least three times for the past week.
So we took the ride to see whether it’s worth the trouble to travel to Sentosa.
And to answer the million-dollar question: Is it humanly possible to resist the Universal Studio Singapore’s (USS) latest attraction?
Let’s take a look at the possible/impossible camps.
NO, it is impossible to resist.
1. No credible competitors
None of the BSG ride’s local competitors measure up to her. Literally. She is the world’s tallest “duelling roller coaster” at 42.5 metres.
In fact, there are hardly any competitors to begin with. Escape Theme Park shut its doors in 2011. Uncle Ringo, a familiar face at the pasar malams, appears to have ceased roller coaster services too.
Also, having tried the other roller coasters at USS previously, we unanimously agreed that nothing comes close to the BSG Cylon ride.
2. Thrills the YOLO and “conservative” type alike
The BSG Cylon ride, which features five inversions, caters to thrill-seekers who love twists and turns with their legs dangling in the air. It is as dangerous as things can get in Singapore.
On the other hand, the BSG Human is for those who prefer to have “both feet on the ground”. It works pretty much like a conventional roller coaster ride. Make no mistake though. It is far from being a ho-hum affair.
3. There is nothing too Battlestar Galatica about the ride
Barring a few ornaments and gimmicks, nothing about the ride screams Battlestar Galatica – which is a good thing really. Especially for diehard Star Wars and Star Trek fans.
Also, we thought that the ride vehicle for BSG Human resembles the A-wing fighter from Star Wars…
Guess it won’t be too alienating for non-Battlestar Galactica fans.
4. Because Google and Yahoo images fawns over the ride
Type “Singapore roller coaster” on Google or Yahoo images and hit search. It’s almost as if Google and Yahoo are egging you on to take the BSG ride.
Heck, even Lycos couldn’t muster something else.
If roller coasters have feelings, we bet the BSG ride must be feeling pretty smug.
Striving to be at the forefront of objective journalism in Singapore, Mothership.sg also noted several reasons why you would not so be easily goaded into taking the USS’ latest ride.
Why you can totally resist BSG
1. It also comes with a hefty price tag.
Riding on the “world’s tallest duelling roller coasters” costs you $74 (excluding promo), equivalent to three weeks worth of public transport money for working adults. And that’s not even accounting for the numerous traps (read: Universal Studios collectibles) littered all over the park.
It boils down to opportunity cost: would S$74 make its way to your ez-link card, or to the (presumably) fat bank account of the Genting Group. You choose.
Well, unless you get media pass like Mothership writers.
Or you are a staff in the USS.
Or if you are, uh, a “social media influencer”.
2. “Great track record”
A quick glance at its track record on the news reveals that the attraction had been fraught with two abrupt closures.
– Just a week into their soft opening in 2010, the ride had to be overhauled as fatigue cracks were detected on one of the seats during routine tests.
– After reopening in February 2011, the ride enjoy two long prosperous years before being restricted from public use for “attraction review” in July 2013.
To be fair, the Resorts World Sentosa team has probably conducted
multiple a lot millions of checks before reopening the ride today.
John Hallenbeck, Senior Vice President of Attractions, told journalists that the staffers “test in the morning, at night, before closing, before opening”.
The types of test also varies, ranging from “cycle testing, satisfaction testing, technical testing and operational testing”. Whatever the technical jargon means.
They also have safety nets covering parts beneath the tracks.
“We look forward to hear the screams again”, said Hallenbeck.
Screams of joy, of course.
Top photo from RWS.