First of all, I have to applaud the show for keeping the tension and pace up. Season three, and it's just getting better and better. Whilst in contrast....LOST, ahem lost it I think someway through its first season.
This season though, the whole Iraq thing is getting up front treatment. Take Saul, the 2nd in command aboard the Galactica. This season, the costume designers have worked hard at giving him that Maqtada al-Sadyr look. And why not, Saul is heading the insurgency against the Cylons, makes sense. And then there are the suicide bombings, the tit-for-tat killings for those who have assisted the cylons, the assasination of humans who have joined the Cylon security forces. It's all very in-yer-face. Which on the one hand I think is fantastic, and on the other, feel it's a little bit too 'one-note'...if you get my drift.
But the bottom line though is that it's the best thing on TV right now. Very polished.