Battlestar Galactica is more than science fiction


Three science fiction television series stand head and shoulders above all the rest: Startrek (original and all its derivatives), Babylon 5, and Battlestar Galactica. Firefly had a chance to join this elite group, but it was all too short-lived. The focus of this article is on Battlestar, where the series is entering the final season.

Current Battlestar Galactica is a great science fiction series. No, it is too weak declaration; Battlestar Galactica may be the best dramatic show on the tube, regardless of the type. In 2006, BG won a Peabody Award, a first for SciFi Channel. Time Magazine named it one of the top shows on television and described it as ripping sci-fi allegory of the war against terrorism, complete with religious fundamentalists sleeping cells, civil liberties crackdowns and even a prisoner torture scandal.

BG premiered in 2003 as a mini series, loosely based on the exhibition of the same name that ran on television in the late seventies. But the originally popcorn series, the current BG addresses real issues of war. This article presents a series to those who are not regular viewers, and it gives one of the difficult issues that it addresses.

The story begins with a devastating attack intelligent androids (Cylons) that wiped out almost all the human race a few hundred soldiers who escape Battlestar Galactica, aging but still powerful army spaceship, and somewhat less than fifty thousand civilians cloth tag collection of ships. BG protects citizens from the Cylons, who are determined to complete the destruction of mankind. The goal is to get people in Ceylon and find the mythical planet, which has great religious significance for these people.

main characters are Commander William Adama (Edward James Álmos), the disciplined, unrelenting military leader; President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), pragmatic, newly elected civilian an increasingly devout and charismatic in motion; and Kara (Starbuck) Thrace (Katee Sackhoff), loud, immature but expert Viper pilot who may have a special destiny in the search for Earth. The most interesting character is Gaius Baltar, brilliantly portrayed by James Callis, a scientist at the genius level intellect, but also arrogant, untrustworthy and sexually promiscuous.

This article discusses how the torture of the enemy was depicted on the show and how it relates to our war with the forces of terrorism. May torture under certain circumstances, but not others? And what is really torture?

The factor that really shows the torture issue is Flesh and Bone, where they have reached Leoben, the Cylon who has planted a nuclear bomb somewhere in the fleet, which he claims will explode in nine hours. Starbuck has responsibility for questioning, and she is told to do whatever she needs to do to find the bomb. After all, are not human Cylons

Starbuck is fierce. Guards beat and waterboard Leoben, but he does not crack. Rosella connects interrogation and stops the hard treatment. Apparently relying Rosella, Leoben acknowledges that the bomb was a hoax, a bad move. Nothing to fear, Rosella he flushed airlock into space. He was too dangerous, in her opinion, to stay alive. Starbuck has repeatedly questioned about their actions, and she asks for Cylon.

This episode is a metaphor for the war between the West and Islamic fundamentalists. Consider this situation: FBI capture Al Qaeda leader and search his computer, where they found a plan to explode a bomb (not nuclear) in the American city, but the plan does not name a specific city or a time bomb set to go off. The senior FBI agent is ordered to interrogate prisoners, but the agent does not receive the necessary information through traditional interrogation. Then the agent is said that the president has authorized waterboarding, even though legally it is a form of torture. Should an agent to do it?

Prisoners says the computer was just handed to him yesterday, and he knows nothing about the bomb, except as described in the program. May torture prisoners when the FBI does not know for sure whether he has information? On the other hand, when the FBI will ever know for sure? If they waterboard him, are they any better than the enemy? But they should allow blast kill hundreds of people rather than torture the truth from prisoners? And yet waterboarding really torture? It does not cause permanent damage, right?

What should the FBI do? Water Board or not?


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