Monday, October 30, 2006

A conservative reviews "Battlestar Galactica"

Jon Swift
Some are calling the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica the best show on television so I decided to check out the season premiere to see what all the hype was about. It turns out to be even better than I had heard. The Sci Fi Channel show is a moving and haunting allegory about why we should stay the course in Iraq. The heroes are a deeply religious race, called the Cylons, who struggle to bring democratic ideals and Christian values to a planet called New Caprica (Iraq, of course) in the face of an increasingly violent insurgency. In a clever and ironic twist the Christian Cylons (Americans) are actually very human-like machines, while the villainous "humans" on New Caprica (al Qaeda) are brutal terrorists who follow a primitive polytheistic religion and behave like animals.

1 comment:

KarmasAgent said...

I'm not going to blast your post since you obviously haven't seen anything prior to the Season 3 premier. BUT, I would encourage you to watch Seasons 1 and 2 before discussing such a nuanced show in declarative terms as you have. The season opener was actually making the point of how suicide bombing can seem reasonable to those who fail to see any other options when occupied by an oppressive force, how allied of those who perform suicide bombings understand a serious line has been crossed but are not sure what else to do, shows how even the good intentioned Cylons are actually fools about the population they are controlling, and mostly it is a beacon of truth about using superstition and religion as the primary lense through which you interact with other cultures.

You're right - the show is better than people say, and it IS an excellent allegory for the happenings in the Middle East, but by proudly declaring a Cylon/American parallel you show an ignorance towards the realities of Iraq and other Middle East issues AND the show you're praising.

Keep watching and catch up with the plot - its well worth it.

... and "stay the course"? Even Moron-in-Chief has backpeddled faster than water flowing downhill from that asinine stance.