BSG PDQ

I found this to be an absolutely fascinating essay.  I truly hope it’s actually Dirk Benedict writing this.

I remember when BSG first came out.  Yes, it was awful.  Yes, it was cashing in on the sudden rejuvenation of intergalactic interest generated by Star Wars.  And it was really the only option as such on TV.  It had special effects that seemed pretty good for the time (at least good enough for an nine year-old boy).  
I have only seen one episode of the re-engineered BSG that has taken audiences by storm.  And it appeared to be far better acted and gritty than the original.  But are these, in and of themselves, enough to make up for the fact that the show’s emphasis has changed dramatically – from optimistic to a much darker and cynical attitude?  What do we make of the blurring of good and evil, enemy and ally, and the curious relationship of sexuality in these arenas?  
I’ll leave it to fans of the new BSG to examine this issue more closely.  But I agree with the gist of what ‘Benedict’ is saying here, and I think it goes well beyond the issue of an actor bitter at not being included in a new project.  The times, they are a-changin’, and apparently, those changes extend into the far reaches of the universe as well.  

2 Responses to “BSG PDQ”

  1. Ged Says:

    The new BSG is very complex and not easily characterized. It is grittier, but then, it is dealing with 40,000 survivors of a nuclear apocalypse that killed billions. Most of the survivors do things they regret in the aftermath. Both the survivors and the side that nuked them have good and evil people. Will they forgive each other and build a new civilization or destroy the last of each other?

  2. Paul Says:

    Did you read the essay link? I thought it was rather interesting. And from all I’ve heard, it isn’t necessarily that the new BSG isn’t a well done series. I just think the observations on the types of reimagining which have taken place is very interesting and telling about our culture as a whole.”Complexity” and “not easily characterized” are certainly bywords for our post-modern culture, so it’s not surprising that our entertainment would reflect it – or that many might enjoy and resonate with that reflection.

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