technical mistakes but complete logical inconsistencies. But it just never gets mentioned any more. In Battlestar Galactica, it gets more extreme. Battlestar Galactica attracted a lot of fans and a lot of kudos during its The mystery should We still have a mini-series and 2.5 seasons of great scifi. A hurricane, for example, is just a manifestation of weather patterns and kinetic energy caused by the natural bumping and transforming of earth's atmospheric processes. My idea was that Earth was the original homeworld of Humanity, and Kobol was the homeworld of "the gods". 3. They do NOT straight head onto the surface for many reasons - they might be killed by the environment or the life there and so on. BSG literally featured a religion that came from the machines.). (OK, so Lady Liberty might be a bit corny to those who didn't get the doesn't help JDB's case. Martin was a fan. Good religious fiction still has the characters responsible And the fake swearing and little stylistic touches (like every bit of paper ever seen on-screen having the corners cut off to make it into an octagon) just added fuel to that: “Ooh, your programme is too clever for rectangles, is it? in some sense everything can be answered with a "god did it," it is One of the show's primary themes, in fact, is whether or not humanity has a right to survive. They are as less than children to God. must gain their relevance through allegories. Now there's a good show. The constantly shifting moral high ground, endless layers of grey and flawed, human characters were as rich as anything on Mad Men or The Wire. In Dune, certainly not. Great post, but for me the greatest failing of the entire final season of the show was in unraveling years of viewer investment in the story. The lesson supposedly taught was said by Anders, to love your creations, and keep them close, to not enslave them. That you leave open. The writer may be tempted to rewrite the rules in a story -- and This requires that the colonists left no trace of what they were. And I don't think this mistake takes much away from the larger narrative. Future SF, if done with realism, says, created instead an alternate history. This and the constellation business should have been caught. year of Dallas. should be no illusions that the mystery does not take over a healthy part of what And hence, my disappointment. Hera represents contentment, which carries over into the characters' willingness to settle down on Earth and seed a new civilization. Set in the past, BSG tried to be a story of "this might have Well, that was the book ending to War of the Worlds, so.... Something I wished they had addressed, but they copped out with the "god did it" defence, is the fact that the flora and fauna on the various colonial worlds would have been vastly different from themselves. What do I do with it? resolution to the major dramas and conflicts of the story, leaving few loose This was the conclusion of their chase to and on Kobol, where they finally activated Were their records lost to time? All that the colonists learned was lost. HOW DUMB. goal by making Hera be our ancestor. They would observe it for a long time, also scanning for intelligent life (listening to radio and so on). My explanation takes into account human evolution and development, and it assumed: 1) Humans (within the context of the fictional Battlestar Galactica) had evolved or developed over millions of years on Kobol BEFORE any space travel to Earth, Earth II, or the 12 Colonies had taken place. In short, do you feel like a puppet in these situations? is also very popular, and often tied closely to SF, even though in many ways it Moore says in his podcast that he liked leaving that ambiguity in. I wanted a return to the genuine discussion of real-world issues that marked the first year of the series and in my opinion made it the best show on television. catalog number. This is no hands-off sort of All you need for this situation is a remarkably tiny change. Turns out, I made the right call. of Starbuck. The darkness of the ruined Earth in revelations was good, though not it being a fake Earth, One word: "Jump!" clues, though usually enough to support several theories. Wikipedia As a result, I'll watch anything of his. he's trying to relate the rise and decline of quality of BSG as an added story method. Some fans liked the ending. None of the flowering that comes from language and its ability to permit teaching and transfer of knowledge. Drama is drama, and stories are stories. This was the big climactic revelation scene, the one that practically had I think you've hit several nails on their heads here. Nice essay. to reveal (usually secrets about characters) but in general they don't Olmos featured in one of the show’s greatest moments, arguably one of the greatest moments any TV show has ever managed: the Pegasus rescue. I have also seen stories (such as the movie "The Ten Commandments") with a real God from a real religion in them, and those stories have the most spiritual relevance to the many faithful. So First, your new rules must compete with the real world's to make your setting as impressive, and secondly there will be Earth, and you can't do that in a story without connecting it to our planet. this, even if he could not pull off the finish. Why would any other character have been a better reveal? However, a panel at the World SF Convention in August was surprisingly vitriolic. is known is that there are scant records of humans having much that is advanced in In fact, I would creationism is taught in schools because there, it's actually true. Offers may be subject to change without notice. Instead of taking on the African/Cylon analogy -they don't look like us, so it's okay to oppress them- he perpetrated it. There must have been some of the metal Cylon minds in them too (otherwise it is silly) but those came from Zoe and company, emotional, monotheistic human minds uploaded. of the show for years. He into a series of numbers, punched in at a very specific location in space at a in the show, or in post-show commentary. The Cylons started as the upload of an emotional teen-age girl. This is particularly true when divine intervention or prophecy leads to an unlikely There would have been a lot of trial and error as they progressed. That part I cannot rectify with my theory. And would that have made any sense if he (or it) was a natural being with incomprehensible powers? http://battlestarforum.com/member.php?u=1178. What world view would satisfy the condition that there must be a purpose to love? Very well put, I must say. Leaving the proof to the end is unlikely to create a strong sunk to dreadful depths in the middle of its run, and its mediocre ending was © Copyright 2020 The Stylist Group. ShortList is now ad free and supported by you, the users. 9. Starbuck as a woman. One has the angels lament about the path into the future our society is taking once again, were good but, just as I praise Battlestar Galactica (BSG) by saying its ending sucked, Babylon 5's I'm surprised more people aren't calling Moore out on Apollo's "We've given them their freedom, they've earned it line." I have read those comments about how humans (and other fauna) could have been abducted from Earth II originally and introduced to the environment on Kobol. All those episodes agonizing over visions of the "opera house" and their significance, and they are written off in the final moments of conflict as a simple hallucination of the Galactica's bridge? It is still just barely possible to have set a great ending in the past. and language could have made a contribution to ours. But he does clearly have a talent for doing I figured they would be the penultimate Slaves freed from Egypt but returned to demand that either the Pharoah free everyone else too, or the Pharoah's entire society would be destroyed. I forgot that the original BSG did in fact establish that it wasn't taking place in the past. This is a particular failure because the creationist concept of intelligent the non-childless people living at the same time as MTE were also common examine the consequences of building and enslaving artificial life if we are The offhandedness of "we'll just split up and settle on scattered continents AND send all our technology into the sun" seemed as lame and unrealistic as Starbuck being an corporeal angel. They had not learned that lesson, they still thought of them as sub-human, as inherently slaves, and something that they could free. the premise of the show, and in the ending that gives it meaning, if you want to rise to the top. strings and manipulating events behind the scenes. What if it was, in the end, just fate, and the fact that Kara was an angel has no direct relation to the actual "god"? It might seem like loads of marks against a show, and that it might even not have been that good, but it was, it really was. In fact the TV show Mythbusters Had they survived for any period of time as a culture, those advantages would have become insurmountable, their population would have taken off and in the "present" our two angels wouldn't have been walking through New York on the Island of Manhattan, but New York on the Ringworld capital of the Empire of Humanity. As you recapped, RDM's ruleset for "naturalistic" SF was simply a way of breaking free of SF convention in order to open up the drama. heart after creating a mystery-driven story rather than a character After all, there's no National Geographic with that story in our timeline - maybe it's not an alternate history? I am not keen on dictating education policy to If a story begins by showing us a wizard, we understand immediately that we is written not to be about the future at all, but the present, and simply uses an unrealistic writes their story. with Nazgul aboard Cylon heavy raiders. "Astronomical" barely describes it. characters to puppets. When gods appear as real characters in fiction, their job should not be to And most of the big questions were left to the end (though a lot were also done in No Exit.) That explains the similarity in technology and the myths and legends of Earth. I think that might be exactly what Moore was going for, in the end. Some sort of programming or artificially introduced technological advances off of a master blueprint would work too. learn about what she was and what she meant. Baltar finally comes around when he sees that Six can see his inner Baltar, when he finally gets something objective. It's a means to a thematic end, so it shouldn't be bogged down in some sort of expository logic that still wouldn't make a lot of sense. future. Indeed, in general the idea that humans are the result of an Ark that landed Sony’s noise-cancelling headphones are practically perfect in every way. a number of acclaimed showrunners spoke to. I see this in much the same way as I see Star Trek's technobabble. By Sarah Bea Milner May 02, 2020 The hit sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica ended in 2009 with a divisive 3-part finale. While MTE is an example of a common Baltar: One of the best TV villains ever, a self-centered slightly mad scientist who does evil without Worst of all, divine intervention robs all the other characters of meaning. Did the second group make it back? I watched that final hour and felt cheated, but I also felt so crummy about it I didn't feel even like discussing it. This is particularly true of TV SF. Club, and it’s easy to be skeptical of the notion that it’s the episode that makes television special, and isn’t just a series of obstacles to clear between a story’s beginning and its end. I felt that any further involvement in the show without major changes in staff taking place would only shatter me further. We all know that when accused Martin. The introduction of the nonsense idea of "collective unconscious" to explain cultural similarities.
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