October 10, 2006

More Battlestar Galactica politics

I thought this summary of the original version of BSG was quite interesting:

I think it worth mentioning that the original (and in my view the one, true and only) Battlestar Galactica was perhaps the most unambiguously right-wing show on TV at the time, perhaps even since. Parts of it might as well have been written by the Committee on the Present Danger. Consider: The heroes were all military hard-liners: the Colonies are destroyed because they listened to the peaceniks instead of Adama. The peaceniks were all either na´ve dupes (President Adar), decadent hedonists (Sire Uri) or outright traitors (Baltar). This continued even after the destruction of the colonies, as dopey civilian leaders still thought they could make peace with the Cylons or other implacable opponents.

"Terra" (an ersatz Earth found later in the show's run) made the Cold War parallel even more explicit, as the "Eastern Alliance" launches a surprise nuclear first strike just as the President of the Nationalists (the good guys) was about to announce a disarmament treaty. Apollo gives a peace-through-strength speech that is probably the most Reaganite declamation ever given by a fictional character on TV.

The story was based on Mormon theology and history and was chock full of Biblical allusions and parallels. (http://www.michaellorenzen.com/galactica.html)
Couples actually got married (or talked about getting married) and forming families, in contrast to the new series' humping nympho-Cylons.

Like John Podhoretz, I still think the new series is light-years (hadda get a space reference in there) better than the original. Still, if you check out what original series star (and new series occasional guest-star) Richard Hatch had in mind for "Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming" based on the original series, it looked pretty damned cool. It would have had a lot less "cheese" than the original, and would have dealt much more in-depth with human interest stories, much like the new series. There's supposed to be a nine-minute (or so) trailer of "Second Coming" which Hatch presented to potential producers, but I've never seen it and I don't believe there's one available on the web. If you're privy as to where to find it, please let me know!

Posted by Hube at October 10, 2006 04:52 PM | TrackBack

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Although I would not have been able to articluate it at the time, I think I liked the original BSG because it was a right-wing Reaganite fantasy. It was like a antidote to the socialist fantasy of Star Trek.

That is why the cylons as stand-ins for Bush does not work for me. It is too much of a departure from the original. Too forced.

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