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Ginger Yellow
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Ah, that might explain it. Seems a bit odd to introduce that after the infant. Then again, good as BG is, it hardly lacks plot holes.


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I've just watched the "genocide" episode. While an awesome episode, it's somewhat depressing that a sci-fi show represents the most adult discussion of issues like this on American television.
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quote:
it's somewhat depressing that a sci-fi show represents the most adult discussion of issues like this on American television.
It's been that way since the original Star Trek had a black woman a Russian and a Japanese as command crew and had an episode with the first interracial kiss on telly.
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Yeah, it was groundbreaking stuff, but Star Trek never really addressed those issues directly. The Uhura/Kirk kiss wasn't controversial in the world of Star Trek. The show just put the characters on screen and let them do their thing and be human beings (apart from Shatner, of course).

In BG almost every episode (at least from the second series on) deals with weighty moral issues, and not in the usual pat or sensationalist way that TV does. It doesn't give answers, but asks the right questions. Moreover I'd argue that in the current climate putting the last remnants of humanity in the role of suicide bombers and willing committers of genocide is far braver than anything Star Trek ever did. In fact it's arguably the bravest thing any mainstream drama has ever done. BG is constantly questioning what it means to be human, where rights come from, and what happens to human morality in extreme situations. It's truly remarkable for an advertising supported show.

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That's what good sci-fi is all about GY, nothing depressing about it...
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It's not depressing that it addresses the issues intelligently. It's depressing that (almost) nothing else does. Not just drama, but factual/news programmes as well. The level of "debate" over issues such as torture or terrorism in the US media has been shockingly poor.
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I agree with all of that, although not every episode recently has been quite so topical. Some of the more recent ones have been more about personal relationships and character development. I supposed that could fall under the broad rubric of "what it is to be human" but not in the same way as the genocide story, for example.
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Sure. One of the things I like about the show is that even though it does often address these huge issues, they usually arise out of the logic of the storyline, which could just as well throw up interpersonal issues. Even though on one level some of the episodes can be classified as "The one about genocide" or "The one about torture", it never seems like that at the time, because it feels natural that these issues would arise given the circumstances the protagonists find themselves in.

And of course the moral and the personal are thoroughly intertwined on the show, so the moral debates never become too abstract and the personal arguments have real import.

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Saw the crossroads part II

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I didn't really believe that Starbuck was dead after all, but what is even less believable is that the Colonel and the chief could be Cylons. The chief has a child and if that kid was half cylon, then everyone would be having visions like they do with Hera.

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Ahem, bit of a cheeky request, but does anyone have DVD's of that, for borrowing purposes, like...?
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I have sinister news for fans of The Pipettes. Gwenno is actually Number Six. Just go to www.thepipettes.co.uk and click on Media for proof.
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Why isn't this thread title in the past tense?
It seems to be in a permanent state of commencement.

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In case anyone's interested, you can pick up series 1 of Battlestar Galactica in HMV for 15.
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What about series 3?????
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What about series 3?
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When can I buy that?
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