Tuesday, October 10

Sci-Fi High

Source: Slate

The critical buzz on Battlestar Galactica, Ron Rosenbaum's new book, and the Decemberists.

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Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi). In its third season, Battlestar Galactica may finally have reached a critical tipping point. On Crooked Timber, a culture blog, poster Scott McLemee muses, "If someone hinted two years ago that one day I would be eagerly awaiting the third season of a remake of Battlestar Galactica, my response would have been something like, 'Get away from me, crazy person, because that is crazy, what you are saying to me.' " But most critics take pains to point out that this is more than another dorked-out sci-fi fest. "[T]he real drama here still rests in the human relationships: flawed characters, struggling to make it through chilling times without sacrificing too much of themselves in the process," Salon's Heather Havrilesky observes earnestly. Is it based on real-life current events? Perhaps, but Joanna Weiss cautions in the Boston Globe that "Battlestar is less an allegory about current events than a rumination on how we might view things if tables were turned." A commenter on Television Without Pity's message boards probably puts it best (using some BG vocab in the process): "Damn I'd forgotten how frakking awesome this show is."

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