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Faith and Battlestar Galactica


i am not a television watcher, but i just watched all four seasons of battlestar galactica over a span of two months earlier this year, and I’ve got to say the series rocked. There’s so much in there, I wish I blogged about it throughout each season.

I don’t want to give away too much if you haven’t watched it, but it’s a sci-fi oriented post-apocalyptic drama – a bit like the explorations of noah’s ark in space. It sounds kooky but the characters and the questions it provokes are phenomenal.

What I loved about the show:

How humans have an incredible capacity to survive the toughest conditions

Questions of why we of all species deserve to survive?

How humans were either atheists or polytheists, while the ‘evil’ robots were monotheists

What it’s like to become that which you hate

pressing the limits of what it means to love and value – regardless of beliefs and even origins

How they managed to mix themes of technology and progress with mythical stuff like angels

The cyclon robots seemed to have a type of militant evangelicalism.

Themes of Islamic jihad and even Buddhist reincarnation were explored (ie. the downloading to new bodies)

Questions of who your creator is, why he made us, and what good is he?

I didn’t like Baltar’s christ-like evolution, but I loved the subtle bits of him despising his farm boy childhood and re-embracing it.

Whether we truly value the soul, or the shell it’s encased in?

I could go on and on. Anyone else love Battlestar? See incredible themes that tie in issues of faith and humanity?

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Alan Liu October 29, 2009, 8:05 pm

    Yes, loved it – except for the finale. Sometimes I think my conversion ratio is better for BSG than for Christ… Hmm…

    I think the aspect I enjoyed most was the types of leadership from Roslyn and Adama. The military leader was more familial and gracious. The politician was more decisive and cut-throat – but neither were as obvious as the descriptions suggest.

    Not looking too forward to "The Plan", but of course I'll see it!

  • lon October 29, 2009, 8:35 pm

    I still loved the finale… i mean how else were you planning on them ending it? It was well-fitting enough for me. yes Adama… i loved him.. and starbuck.. just oozed cool and connected at the same time… forgot you watched it.. i think you recommended me watching it years back.. just loved it… my brother in law bought the whole series.. if i had time i'd watch it all again

    i saw the plan… okay if you just miss the characters, not sensational. have you seen caprica as well? it's okay too, but with potential…

  • Cecilia November 15, 2009, 1:39 am

    Have just begin to watch it! Borrowed Season 1 from Alan, actually. 😛

    SO good! Can't wait to see the rest. 🙂

  • lon November 17, 2009, 5:31 pm

    good work… my brother in law bought the whole series as well…. it transcends it's sci-fi genre… i loved it.

  • lon November 17, 2009, 5:31 pm

    good work… my brother in law bought the whole series as well…. it transcends it's sci-fi genre… i loved it.

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