My favorite television show, Battlestar Galactica, made the cover of Entertainment Weekly. The article compared it favorably to 24 and Lost and other mainstream continuing storyline series. The third season of BSG starts this Friday at 9 pm and I am psyched to see last season's stunning cliff-hanger resolved. Since I didn’t start watching it until the second season, it’s immune to my show killer curse.
Previously, my favorite science fiction show was Deep Space Nine. Ronald Moore, the producer of BSG, worked on DS9 as part of his tour of duty in the Star Trek factory and was responsible for many of its grittier story arcs. Moore got lured from DS9 to Voyager by his former writing partner Brannon Braga, where the two split in a very public acrimonious falling out over the direction of the series. Moore’s side of the story is here. Brannon Braga was too busy running Enterprise into the ground to comment.
With this backstory in context, Battlestar Galactica can be read on the meta-level as a huge “Frak you!” as Moore schools the world in how to do a show about hopelessly lost spaceships. A side by side comparison shows how BSG has it all over ST:Voy.
|Tattoo-faced Commander Chakotay redefines wooden.||Craggy-faced Commander Adama redefines stoic.|
Hottie Robot With A Number For A Name
|Seven of Nine is part robot and doesn't relate too well to humans.||Number Six is all robot and relates all too well to humans.|
Hot Shot Pilot
|Tom Paris is a renegade pilot with long-standing issues with his military dad.||Lee “Apollo” Adama has long standing issues with his military dad, the captain.|
Hot Tempered Tom Boy
|B’Elanna Torres, a former Maquis rebel, has a hard time following Federation rules.||Kara “Starbuck” Thrace has a hard time following anyone’s rules.|
|A hologram that can’t understand human feelings.||A traitor that doesn’t have any human feelings.|
|Neelix is a rogue trader that can’t ever close a deal.||Ellen Tigh is a floozie that has closed way too many deals.|
Most Abused Button
|No matter how many aliens Voyager encountered, by the next episode, the ship was shiny and clean again.||Pay attention to those time stamps at each commercial break or you will never know when or where the story is taking place.|
My personal theory is that Ronald Moore, after being fired from a great franchise in decline, found the challenge of taking a silly franchise (and face it, the original Battlestar was cheesy beyond belief) and making it great too wonderful of an "I told you so" chance to pass up. After all, revenge is a dish best served cold.
Blatant Comment Whoring™: What is your favorite science fiction series, past or present?