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The impact of BSG

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I've been thinking about the impact certain shows have on folks. BSG is no exception, and I'm referring to the new one, not the original. Though I'm sure the original made some sort of impact as well in its time, the new one I found deeply fascinating. It was intelligent, above all. It made me want to see it on a regular basis because the themes and stories were very real in a lot of ways. How many story lines echoed what was going on in politics, or social issues? I liked the characters because they weren't these fake, two-dimensional caricatures that populate so many other shows. They were very believeable people because they had failings just like any one of us. They had personal weaknesses, strengths, vices.
It was a very grim setting for the show, but it fascinated me. I don't think I could've survived in that world. I'd probably go mad from the stress and carnage. Many people will often scoff at science fiction, but how many sci-fi books have you read that take on difficult social issues, or the environment, or gender discrimination? They weren't afraid to explore those avenues because they saw a future that would take on those issues and come to an understanding of them.
I'd like to hear from you about your feelings on this. I like reading your responses, so please, feel free to expound on this subject.

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dsgtdave Icon

10 December 2009 - 10:35 PM
I agree with you about making me want to see it regularly. It was one of the series that I hold close to me. I'm hoping Caprica does the same. This was a very well written sci-fi drama.

Proxím Icon

01 March 2010 - 01:23 PM
Agreed, Battlestar Galactica left a big impact on me. Especially as far as Science Fiction plus storytelling goes. There were indeed a lot of human elements in there, I especially recall the scene where Lee defended Baltar in court. That scene in particular made me stop to think about things and it gave me a bigger understanding for similiar things in real life. What is justice for example? On the other hand it also enforced some of my previous beliefs, like that every human being deserves a fair judgement. It also led to some less... understanding conclusions of mine.

Hopefully, Caprica will leave an impact of equal scale in our hearts.

Zoe Icon

22 May 2010 - 12:27 AM
Thank you so much for this intelligent post. BSG was not only smart but fascinating froma sociological standpoint. what happens when a Society is ended? We've had enough post-apocalyptic movies and series that depict utter chaos and moral breakdown. BSG posits a more hopeful view, albeit not as "pollyanna" as Star Trek. And, individually, the characters were so unique and well-drawn (for the most part) that they were fascinating psychological portraits of complex people under complex pressures. Personally, the show was very helpful to me in dealing with traumas in my own life.
Please keep posting.

Sammie Icon

30 December 2010 - 02:37 PM
The "Hammer's Slammers" series by David Drake also looks at the humanity of the warrior.

determinded Icon

04 January 2011 - 12:21 AM
I am new to this site and I am stumbling along slowly, well here I find your blog and thoughts that I have, have already been written, Theres sooooo much more to say but it will take a long time. Put quickly "I "DETERMINDED" love this show with all my heart". :adama-pancarte001: :nBSGsalute: :cylonclap:
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