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Nothing to See Here

After a day of talking, writing and thinking, I had no juice left for blogging.

I did, however, enjoy some DVRed episodes of Battlestar Galactica with #1 Son. It is fueling my interest in discussions around this house about what it means to be alive and what it means to be a person. Are any of you watching the show? When I am caught up (hopefully soon), I would love to talk about it.

21 thoughts on “Nothing to See Here”

  1. It’s an incredible TV show – currently the best damn show on television, IMHO. And there’s not many shows I’d hand that loaded title to 🙂

  2. Is it out on DVD yet or is it still in the first season? We don’t have cable so we watch everything on DVD. I’m always a bit behind but looking for good TV shows to rent.
    That’s a high recommendation from Keith G!

  3. I had dinner with some friends last night who are totally into it. I haven’t seen it….don’t have a tv…but they are going to record it for me to watch. It sounds great. Maybe when I catch up, I’ll join the conversation.

  4. Seasons 1 and 2 are on DVD, and the first part of season 3 aired in the fall. It’s an amazing show. Season 3 episodes dealt with issues of torture and justice. The acting is top-rate.

  5. And throughout it all, the show deals with the question of what it means to be human when your material touchstones of home (such as your home planet) have been snatched away. “How do we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?”
    I’m particularly interested in discussions of honor.

  6. My Computer Son, raved to me about the series–I finally had time to get caught up in the episodes and am on pins and needles waiting for the next episode. I agree with you that there are many elements of what it means to be human, to be haunted by the place we call home, and the exploration of gods and God. I marvel at the shows ability to bring current world politics onto the “stage” and how it forces us to look at ourselves in a new light.

  7. I’ve watched it from the beginning, and I think it does what Science Fiction does best. First, it investigates what it means to be human from other perspectives. Second, it gives us a different perspective on human and social problems where we are not emotionally and philosophically tied to our positions. Current events, like the Iraq war have emotional baggage that humans v. Cylons doesn’t. That is the English major in me.
    The Presbyterian in me finds it fascinating that the good guys are pagans, and the bad guys are trying to have a personal relationship with their God whose first commandment was to go forth and multiply.
    I’m just stunned that the Christian right hasn’t blacklisted this show.
    Norman, OK

  8. Since they quit making Deadwood, it’s about the best thing on cable television. There’s a big discussion group over at Jim’s Unqualified Offerings after every new episode.

  9. We have been working our way through the dvd’s of seasons 1& 2 and are finally in 3. I’m completely taken with it. My self-indulgence for the month is BSG wallpaper on my computer. 🙂

  10. I’m still in the midst of Season 1, although I’m sure my nephew is ready to have his DVDs back. At this point, I’m fairly confused and wondering where the story is going, but he assures me all (or most) will be clear soon. Through a glass darkly…

  11. I can’t go as far as Keith does and declare it to be the Best Damn Show on Television (sorry, Keith!). To me that honor goes to The Wire (man, I loves me some David Simon). But Battlestar Galactica does explore some rather interesting questions regarding humanity and issues of faith that people often take for granted. I just think that The Wire is much more fearless in pursuing its chosen topics through to the end (bitter though they may be). Too often, I think, Battlestar Galactica takes the easy way out to conclude a problematic episode – for example, the episode that discussed the possibility of permanently eliminating the Cylons. The alarming issue of a potential genocide was given pretty short shrift, IMO – not to mention the possible consequences to a much-liked character for his questionable actions. And I’m kind of tired of all the Starbuck/Apollo melodrama. All that said, though, I do like the show very much. Just not as much as Keith. 🙂

  12. I *really* don’t like Apollo. He hasn’t worked for me as a character in any of his phases. The emphasis on his relationship with Starbuck is just bugging me at this point.
    Can’t believe I have to wait another week for more!

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