Candidates May Have Avoided Hot Button Issues, but Not “Battlestar Galactica”

M_users_jeromepatalano_desktop_galactica_1Salon’s Laura Miller checks in again with “Battlestar Galactica,” the Sci Fi series that has unexpectedly become a can’t miss for viewers well beyond the geek class, and finds that the show has tackled issues that many candidates refused to touch. This season’s storyline has the humans on a “dreary colony” under the occupation of the cyborg Cylons. “Instead of trying to exterminate humanity, they were going to try to reform it. And the chosen method of reform would be a little thing we call occupation.

Miller goes on to write, “The really audacious stroke of this season was showing us a story about a suicide bomber from the point of view of the bomber and his comrades — no, it was more than that, because the cause of this terrorist was unquestioningly our own. We sympathize with the insurgents wholeheartedly. So when Colonel Tigh, a blood ‘n’ guts military man if there ever was one, insists that suicide bombing is the only way to end the occupation, the show leaves the question of whether he’s right up to us. Is it worth it?”

The New York Times took note of this a few weeks ago, and last year profiled executive producer Ron Moore.

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