Saturday, May 28, 2005

Yarons, Centons, and Microns

In light of my excessive posting about Star Wars, I should mention that Battlestar Galactica is currently the best science fiction franchise out there. The original ABC series was pretty bad, even by the standards of 1978. However, this "re-imagining" of the show is interesting and engrossing. Some of this is due to the fact that it is neither a prequel nor a sequel. No need to fit the storytelling into a preordained outcome. Main characters can die in this series, which ups the ante for the viewer.

Another nice thing about BSG is that there are allusions to current political issues, without the heavy hand. Everything from the "no-fly list" to the Clinton impeachment are hinted at, but not preached about.

The series is decidedly low tech, in part because the setup for the story is that the Cylons used a computer virus to destroy all of the advanced human defenses, including the other battlestars. Galactica was a relic destined for a museum before the Cylon attack.

Geeks beware, though. Science fiction franchises usually "jump the shark" when the audience is told to empathize with the enemy. I fear that there are some sensitive Cylons in our future.


Blogger Marty said...

Swani, I think you're a bit off on this one. Galactica has turned what was one of the best potential storylines (The mini-series premier was one ofthe best premiers in television) into a show more likening to soap opera than space opera. The acting is overly dramatic, the storylines are painful, and a complete lack of action leads the viewer to wonder if Sci-Fi has been invaded by day time network television visionaries.

May 29, 2005 1:24 PM  

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