Monday, October 24, 2005

Born-Again 'Battlestar'

Born-Again 'Battlestar'. Ever since I was a little boy in the 70s, I have been a big fan of Battlestar Galatica. I used to fantasize about the show all the time. I was very delighted when the series was relaunched in 2003 and I have been watching it "religiously" ever since.

I use the term religiously with some irony. Galactica has always been a religiously themed show. I noted this about the 1970s version of the show in my article Battlestar Galactica and Mormonism which I wrote before the new series was put on the air.

The new series is not necessarily Mormon. In fact, much else can be found in it. Over at Keith Tipton's Blog, I made this note on the topic, "I am also a big BG fan. I have been interested in the use of religion in the series in particular. I am intrigued by the Cylon embrace of religion, the eternal return philosophy of the humans ("this has happened before, it will happen again"), and the introduction of the Greek gods as a center of Colonial worship. (They were not in the 70s series.) "

The blogged article of the day goes into more speculation about the theology of the current BG series.

From the site:

In the coming months, television executives will be touting not one, not two, but four religiously themed shows to audiences. With the death of “Touched by an Angel” and the decline of “Joan of Arcadia,” networks are scrambling to find the next spiritual sensation/Nielsen knockout. But viewers don’t have to wait for September to enjoy the most religiously relevant show on television. It’s already here in the guise of “Battlestar Galactica.”

Once lambasted as a prime-time "Star Wars" knock-off, “Battlestar Galactica” has been reincarnated as an edgy, moody human drama. A “reimagining” of the original 1978 series, the current incarnation follows the survivors of the “twelve colonies of man” as they search for the mythical planet Earth following an apocalyptic sneak attack by the Cylons, a mechanical race created by human beings.

1 comment:

AF Class of 87 said...

Have long wondered why more people haven't written about the Mormon themes in BG. They're so obvious to those of us in the faith that we almost feel like members of a religious conspiracy when watching the show. Thanks for making it explicit in your article on your website, too bad there's no serious dialogue about it beyond that. One Mormon point you didn't mention in your article: Captain ADAMa as the ultimate father figure. Maybe that's too obvious, but thought it was worth a mention.