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Nicole Scherzinger

I just had to post this clip. I absolutely love it. Nice moves and great song!

September 1, 2007 Posted by | music, Uncategorized, video, youtube | Leave a comment

Battlestar Galactica

As you might already know by reading my blog, I like science fiction. All kinds of it actually. I can really enjoy Star-Trek, Star-Wars, space above and beyond, Firefly (one of the best out there), Andromeda and many others…

But one show has really attracted my attention big time and in a very positive way. The re-imagined series of Battlestar Galactica. Just like Star-Trek the show has depth to it. It has a gripping storyline, raises philosophical questions, great special effects, characters I really care about and…yeah OK…some great looking girls. I really love that number six (played by Tricia Helfer; I have written something about her here. )

Not surprisingly I am far from alone in my appreciation of this show. But what makes the show stand out amongst so many others? For me it’s the mystery, the suspense and, yes…Tricia Helfer and Grace Park. Not just because they are good looking, but because they can act.

What gives true depth to the TV-show are the theological references woven through the storyline in such a way that it builds up suspense, makes you think and gives it all an air of suspense and mystery. And that’s what makes it truly interesting.

The human race (that is almost exterminated in the miniseries) is essentially polytheistic. They believe in multiple gods that seem to have been derived from ancient Greek mythology. (And I love that era in history)

The Cylons (or ‘the bad guys’) are monotheistic, like many of us now in the west. And wish do destroy the human race, which they consider to be evil. Mankind created the Cylons (and here we go again with Artificial Intelligence and the questions raised by Data, I have written about that Here )
The Cylons consider themselves to be the children of Mankind, but have rebelled against them, such as a child rebelling against his parents.

The notion of life and death is also touched upon in the series. The Cylons cannot die. If their body is destroyed or ‘killed’ their memories and consciousness are transferred to another body. They can do this indefinitely, as long as a resurrection ship is in the vicinity to download everything into a new body. This resembles reincarnation and eastern religions are clearly present in the storyline of BSG. No wonder that the intro to the show is nothing less than a Hindu mantra. And here it is:

The humans believe that they will join the gods after death, and the Cylons believe that in the case that the really die and cannot download their souls will join the one and true God. And as they have proven in the show, they are willing to take that step. To stop existing, for instance to save their race from infection from the virus that infected a Cylon Basestar the episode ‘a measure of salvation’. More info Here.

Facing death, and the belief in overcoming it is clearly present in the mythology and throughout the storyline. And I find that really refreshing as it gives us the opportunity to reflect on our own mortality. This reminds me of episodes in Star-Trek, such as the confrontation between Captain Picard and Q (who poses as God in his version of the afterlife), were Q claims that Picard has died and allows him to review his life and reflect on his choices. And how everything could have been different.
It’s a theme that is often shunned way too much, but without a shadow of a doubt is a part of our lives. Mortality and death. And one day we will all have to face it.

One other thing that I find absolutely brilliant about the show is the ambiguous relationship between Gaius Baltar and Number six. He has visions of the number six Cylon who saved his life on Caprica. But these visions are very real and can even effect the real world. Is he nuts or is she truly an angel of God, as she claims to be? Who knows? I am not going to write down the entire relationship between the two characters, you can read about it on Wikipedia. Worth reading.

The depth of the show makes it great to follow and gets you totally hooked. I love speculating on where the story is going and all the mystery is simply making me crave for more BSG!

To give you an example, the one thing that has always bothered me: The number six Cylon (who saved his life) was resurrected and ever since, apparently also had visions of Baltar (as also explained on Wikipedia). This fits in with the Cylon psyche of ‘projection’. Which means that they can see whatever they want, and it seems real to them. They can walk through a hallway and see a forest… As if it was real. And to her Baltar seems real, as if he is there. But to Gaius Baltar Number Six (or Gina) seems real too. This has made me suspect that the character of Baltar is himself a Cylon without knowing it. Just like Boomer (Played by Grace Park) was. This was hinted on during season three as well. To me it is very plausible. It would not surprise me. And the fact that Cylons can share visions or hallucinations such as music in the final episode of season three only enhances my suspicion, since it could be that Baltar and Gina are sharing some sort of hallucination.

On the other hand, during the last season he has also taking on more mythical proportions. Almost like a sort of Christ figure. Writing his own book and spreading it, blessing children and building up a base of followers. Could it be that he is on the other hand not a Cylon but that he is really chosen by ‘God’, such as his visions claim. Or perhaps he is a Cylon believing to be chosen by God to do his will. A dangerous idea indeed and a very interesting path for the final season. Or even better, perhaps they were both chosen.

to give you an idea of the religious ideas and visions Baltar has been having:

You see, that is what I love about it. So many angles…Who knows what the last season will bring. Do not miss it!

Here is a since fan video I found on youtube about Baltar and his visions about six:

September 1, 2007 Posted by | battlestar galactica, sci fi, video, youtube | 6 Comments