Monday, February 15, 2010

A Miracle So-Called 'Battlestar Galactica'

I can't NOT blog about this. I just can't. I've been obsessively watching "Battlestar Galactica" for months now. I can't stop! Why? Because. Simply, it's one of the most brilliant, intense, poetic, rich, humanistic, genius series ever put on television. That's why. I dare say it's right up there neck-to-neck with the genius of Gene Rodenberry's 'Star Trek'.

It transcends its genre, "Sci-Fi". It's so much more than that. It's intense drama, pure and simple. It examines the human condition, and the path we've taken as an evolutionary technological race. It is great art in its purest form, it is creative story-telling at its best. It is a bold mirror, held up to the face of Us.

It offers a fresh take on terrorism, religion, gender, abortion, civil liberty, democracy and corporatization and how it all affects society as a whole. It's symbolic, obviously, of everything we are living through today, even though thr storyline takes place in a futuristic context. It is the future, yes, but a very NEAR and BELIEVABLE future. It is a political allegory. It is a bold statement of love, pain, redemption, salvation, and hope.

It's about real people, flawed people, who are all suddenly forced into extreme situations where everyone must do whatever they can to rise above their own demons in order to survive and help everyone around them survive, so that the human race can continue.

And of course, it's about the very point of existence, the meaning of life. It's about what makes us all Human. Battlestar Galactica's concept, it's mission statement, is a tough one, damn near impossible, almost unachievable. But it measures up, and more. It not only delivers the Human Condition, it over-delivers. It gives you what any great television series should- It gives you mind-food. And that's why you don't even have to be a sci-fi geek to love it.

If you haven't given it a shot, you're definitely missing out big-time. That's all I can say.

I'm leaving you today with a piece from the series soundtrack, which, by itself, is every bit as amazing as the series it was composed for- composed by the incredibly talented Bear McCreary:

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