A lot of geeks are going to be parked in front of the TV tonight, (even more than usual on a Friday night), for the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica. Go ahead and laugh, but over the course of its 3-plus seasons, BSG has become one of the more culturally important shows on TV:
…Battlestar Galactica is one of the more beguiling series on television, an action-adventure drama that travels through time and space to explore morality, politics and metaphysics.
Most people, (my girlfriend included), would look at BSG, and see nothing more than human beings vs. robots in space. But, the creators and writers of BSG employ this alternate universe in order to comment on the important issues of our time. For instance:
Last season served up an extended examination of war, insurrection, torture and suicide bombing. Many interpretations saw the humans’ insurrection against the Cylon occupation of their settlement as an allegory for Iraq and even the Palestine-Israel conflict, but the signals are scrambled. The jihadist Cylons could be seen as stands-ins for Muslim fundamentalists, but it is the humans who strap explosives onto their chests and blow up collaborators.
Sure, the show is entertaining – there is a lot of sex and violence – but this kind of moral ambiguity is what makes it so fascinating for me.