In attempting to retain her "human" side, does Sharon really have free will? Is killing a Cylon murder or garbage disposal? These are some of the questions addressed in this thoughtful collection of writings on the philosophical underpinnings of Battlestar, Galactica. The book includes a brief analysis of the original 1970s and 80s series but concentrates primarily on the episodes, characters, and issues from the entirely reimagined current series (including its fourth and final season, scheduled for airing in early 2008) as well as the two-hour TV movie and direct-to-DVD release Razor.
|Publisher:||Open Court Publishing Company|
|Series:||Popular Culture and Philosophy , #33|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||622 KB|
About the Author
Tristan Tamplin has his PhD in philosophy from University of Illinois at Chicago. He is now the principal designer at Verso Design Corporation.
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While popular culture studies might err on the one hand through a facetious, superficial treatment of its subject or on the other hand, wallow in overly-serious pedantries, it is possible for intelligent, thought-provoking discussions of material which exists beyond the realm of conventional Academia. The Open Court essay collection, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up? uses the television series for its foundation to afford readers a painless introduction to sophisticated concepts well beyond the realm of Philosophy 101 courses. Most of the essays presented here reflect upon the new, re-imagined series but a few discuss the original 1978 series. Specific episodes are cited in some of the discussions. To appreciate the essays to the fullest extent, readers probably should be familiar with both the original and re-imagined series, although if they have seen only the latter show, they will still be able to follow the arguments presented. Schools of thought ranging from Freudianism to Queer Theory are employed in these discourses to address a broad range of topics. With an emphasis on the timeliness of the material presented in the television episodes, these essays include discussions on the nature of democratic government and the correlated issue of transparent versus secretive modes of governing, the ethics of violent resistance to colonialism and the treatment of non-human beings. Readers of the political absolutist persuasion will find a few items reflecting their worldview while most of the authors exhibit a more progressivist intention in their discussions. But throughout the collection, the authors consistently write with a respectful tone. The essays not only show consideration for readers' intelligence and belief-systems, but they are also free from the condescension often exhibited towards anything related to science fiction or its aficionados. Overall, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy is an enjoyable experience that provides a good workout for readers' intellects. For readers who wish to delve more deeply into the ideas presented in these essays, a solid bibliography is provided. I was less than enthusiastic about the editorial decision to leave authorship of certain essays unspecified. Instead of providing the authors' names, a set of empty brackets follows the title on some essays. This was done to reflect the mystery in the re-imagined series surrounding the identities of the Final Five Cylons. Rather than play guessing games, I would just as soon have been provided with the authors' names. One other complaint I have with this essay collection is the regrettably high number of typographical errors scattered throughout its 300+ pages. Granted, I am offended when I see even one error in a publication, but I do feel that more than 20 errors is a sign that the publishers' editorial and proofreading staff should have been more conscientious in their efforts to prepare the book for publication. But on the whole, I recommend Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up? as an entertaining means of discovering a variety of concepts in the field of philosophy.