83) Blood on the Scales (Battlestar Galactica)

The Joker On The Sofa

What would happen if the world ended in the future because of mankind’s own hubris? That’s the basic premise of the show. We make the Cylons (robots who can also sometimes be people), and then the sci-fi standard plays out: rebellion, war, temporary truce. However, it eventually ends when they blow up all of our stuff in a Pearl Harbor reenactment X 1,000,000. The only one who saw it coming was Admiral William Adama (Edward James Olmos), which is why his spaceship, the Galactica, survives to fight.


The reboot of Battlestar Galactica expanded the role of Science Fiction television. It’s a show that can be interpreted as political commentary, religious commentary, a psychological study of humanity under both stress and during times of disarming peace, or just a show with awesome spaceships. There are probably brighter men than I who have written dense tomes on the philosophical implications of human/cylon…

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