October 01, 2009

Jonah Goldberg on the rise and fall of "Battlestar Galactica"

And the coolest thing about it is he asked me for a research assist. Really.

The article.

UPDATE: Jonah's colleague David French has some disagreements with his friend's assessment.

While I think that French makes [very] some persuasive arguments, Goldberg's contention that the writers pretty much "phoned it in" the last couple seasons holds up. The point remains that Ron Moore and co. never adequately laid out -- or explained -- just WTF was happening in those latter seasons. Viewers were left trying to cobble together events, and then explain them. While that may be OK for Starbuck's situation (her becoming an angel), it's not OK for the sudden reappearance of Tigh's wife (as head Cylon) and the continuing meandering role of Baltar.

Goldberg might be interested to know that SyFy is supposed to put out a "Battlestar" movie sometime soon titled "The Plan," which delves into just what the Cylons [originally] had in mind for themselves and humanity.

Though Moore (and French) say that BSG elaborated on the very essence of human nature, as I've written many times here, my main issue with the series was just that -- the sometimes ridiculous ways in which Galactica's personnel reacted to situations. Robots wipe out 99.9% of your race? But let's pass up the chance to return the favor! 99.9% of humanity destroyed and its an all-out war situation? But we must restore a democracy and freedom of the press! Priority isn't given to food and fuel among the BSG fleet (like, why wouldn't it during a war footing?) so those that labor on those respective vessels go on strike causing even more problems for the surviving humans.

And so on.

Posted by Hube at October 1, 2009 08:23 PM | TrackBack

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Cool! What did he ask you for help with?

Posted by: Duffy at October 1, 2009 10:14 PM

Just past posts of mine that had to do with what he planned on covering ... which were quite a few, actually! ;-)

Posted by: Hube at October 2, 2009 07:21 AM

Sweet! I'm still bummed that his book never made it into the Goucher Quarterly. Guess the alma mater isn't so proud of him ;-)

Posted by: Miss AO at October 2, 2009 03:49 PM

"Priority isn't given to food and fuel among the BSG fleet (like, why wouldn't it during a war footing?) so those that labor on those respective vessels go on strike causing even more problems for the surviving humans. "

Exactly. This is what soured me on the series quite early. One of the major focuses of the early first season was that Galactica was necessary not just for the military survival of the fleet, but also for more fundamental survival needs like clean potable water. Yet at the start of the second season, everyone treats Tigh and Galactica like crap after Adama is shot. Tigh essentially sends out armed foraging parties into the fleet for equipment, except that he could just use the fleet's water economy (which Galactica controls) to get the same results.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at October 2, 2009 04:29 PM

To be honest I never liked the series from the start; there were logical (and, as pointed out above, logistical) holes in the entire storyline, and it was clear that the writing team became less and less concerned with any real continuity.

It sort of reminded me of the final two seasons of Star Trek Next Generation when the granola-crunching quotient got so high it absorbed the stories (like the ecological damage human warp drive was doing to the fabric of the galaxy).

Some days it just makes me thankful that Firefly got cancelled before anybody could ruin it.

Posted by: steve Newton at October 2, 2009 04:46 PM

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