16 great shows: battlestar galactica (2004)

(Bitter Script Reader challenged their followers to make a list of 16 Great Shows that have influenced them as writers and viewers. This is my list.)



I cried, everyone. When I was at the ATX Television Festival last month I cried at three panels: Complex Women, Sweet/Vicious, and Battlestar Galactica.

The first two made sense. There were a lot of complex and personal emotions involved in those panels.

But Battlestar Galactica? I love the show, but never did I think it would make me cry to see the cast and creator back together again. I didn’t even last through the third introduction. I remember exactly when I started crying. When the moderator said, “The woman we wish was president….” And before he even said Mary’s name, I was in tears.

This was such a powerful show with such a special group of people. In a lot of ways it’s like Lost, though it didn’t experience such widespread success. It was a show that was on at the right time with the right people and the right content with great themes. It’s inimitable, just like Lost was.

From Starbuck’s gender swap to Six’s ever-changing characterization to the utter and sudden destruction of a whole race of people. From “So say we all” to “All of this has happened before and will happen again.” So much of this show was both forward thinking and timely. It was sci fi at its best–a commentary on our current social and political climate. And it did it with such panache.

So yeah, I cried. I cried at how much the cast obviously still loves each other. I cried when I realized Laura Roslin is my president. I cried when I thought of how much we need this show right now.

Because this has all happened before and it will all happen again.

So say we all.


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