Posts Tagged ‘Battlestar Galactica’

So say we all:


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While Americans and Australians wait to see what their respective stimulus packages end up containing, some foreign policy discussion is going on – Robert Farley and Matt Yglesias discuss the viability of the Human-Cylon Alliance.

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I read this blog post by Dirk Benedict a couple of days ago, thought it was a hilarious tantrum from a former TV actor, shared it with some people, but didn’t go to the trouble of rebutting its stupidity in a blog post of my own.

Fortunately, Matt Yglesias has done some of the heavy lifting – although, in typical Yglesias style, he has obscured his point in a protective coating of typographical errors:

Benedict’s hilariously insupportable thesis is that the old BSG was better than the old[sic] BSG and that the specific reason the old BSG was better than the old[sic] BSG was the old BSG’s tendency toward simplistic storylines and retrograde gender politics

The comments on Benedict’s original post are great fun, and there is also some interesting discussion following on from Yglesias’ post.

I find myself in a similar position to many of the commenters – I enjoyed the original Battlestar Galactica, in its day and at the age I was when it aired. I actually bought it on DVD a couple of years ago – I watched a few episodes, found it cheesy and simplistic, and stopped watching.

On the other hand, I have watched the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica’s first three-and-a-half seasons repeatedly. As well as being, in my opinion, a brilliant TV show, the contrast between the old BSG and the old[sic] BSG highlights a more general point about dramatic television series – the genre has advanced as a platform for artistic expression. Through the past three decades, television (particularly American TV) has advanced beyond just providing simplistic entertainment to providing content that offers social commentary and prompts the viewer to think as it grapples with complex themes. What the viewer takes from it is up to them, but it’s a bit sad that Benedict thinks that everyone should go back to telling entertaining-yet-bland black-and-white, good vs evil tales following the most traditional conventions possible.

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