Sunday, October 08, 2006


Battlestar Galactica vs. Star Trek

I have mentioned before how I thought the Star Trek franchise could use a Battlestar Galactica-style makeover/reboot. The new season has just reinforced that for me, as Galactica has begun using the Star Trek tactic of incisive social commentary in a fantastic setting. In the case of "Occupation" and "Precipice," it's the uncomfortably fine line between "freedom fighters" and "terrorists" and whether the ends really do justify the means. I think it's a mistake, however, to think of these episodes purely as a critique of the Iraq War; the themes are universal and are no more limited to our current conflict than "A Private Little War" was limited to Vietnam.

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