Battlestar Galactica

Watching the Battlestar Galactica series, I'm struck by how exquisitely nuanced the show was in dealing with heady social themes like politics, religion, race, class, gender, ethics, and empathy. The story is about the human race's struggle for survival following its mass genocide by an enemy who turns out to be not so different from them. Right and wrong, friend and foe, get increasingly blurred as the show progresses.

Battlestar Galactica was a wholly exceptional drama series that happened to be set in sci-fi trappings. It would be a political show and a military show, a philosophical treatise on the question of God and a pulpy genre show with spaceflights and skimpily-dressed blondes. It would be a show that brought a sense of realism to an unreal genre. A show about our inescapable humanity

Its influence is clear in all of the excellent serialized drama series produced in recent years (Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, etc.). It holds up exceptionally well a decade later, and I find that I appreciate it more knowing the outcome of the story already.

Only one other TV series, Star Trek, tackled such a wide range of issues relating to the human condition. BSG's plot lines approached existential challenges with gritty realism at every turn, whereas Star Trek operated in a more idealistic view of humanity. Star Trek shows us what we strive to become; Battlestar Galactica reflects us as we are.

So say we all.

One the best I've ever watched.


Στις 8/12 πριν 12 χρόνια έκανε πρεμιέρα μία από τις καλύτερες σειρές sci-fi. Το Battlestar Galactica είναι γνήσιο storytelling: τι μας κάνει ανθρώπους (και τι όχι...), τι σημαίνει ένστικτο επιβίωσης μιας κοινωνίας, τι συμβαίνει όταν βάζεις το στρατό να "προστατεύει" την ασφάλεια (βλ. Παρίσι). Τέσσερις γεμάτες seasons και τρεις ταινίες, ατελείωτα βραβεία και κινηματογραφικού επιπέδου μουσική. Αν τύχει να είσαι και "πειραγμένος" με ΑΙ και τα σχετικά, κολλάς αυτομάτως και για πάντα.

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