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BSG: More darkness

On her blog, Barbara Nicolosi writes:
It doesn't add anything narratively to be dark just because you can, or to leave the audience feeling nauseas and grief-stricken because their beloved characters have been tortured to no meaningful end. It isn't darkness that makes us love BSG, but rather the characters fundamental heroism in spite of their dark impulses. I'm just afraid that we aren't going to care for these people by the time they ever do dock on earth . . . .
She pretty much hits the nail on the head for me (read the rest here). After watching last night's episode of Battlestar Galactica, "The Road Less Traveled," I flipped off the TV and found myself really missing the first two seasons of BSG. (The feeling could have been accentuated because I found Thursday's episode of Lost disappointing also--too much plot and filling-in of minor holes and too little character development; and is anyone else getting tired of Jack's whining? But, back to BSG . . . .) There was darkness in those seasons as well, but also hope. There's way too little of that in the last few epsiodes--and I've got an uneasy suspicion that the hopes that some are reaching out to (like Tyrol to Baltar or Starbuck to Leoban) are black holes masquerading as light.

But like Nicolosi says at the end of her post, "there is still time."

For more on what this blogger thinks about BSG, see a collection of relevant posts here.bsgctgy


Benjamin Ady said…
That's so interesting that you don't like it. I like it more than ever. I find that as the darkness seems to get even more overwhelming, it comes to more closely mesh with the real world as I see it (that is: Starbuck loses the way, Helo turns on her, Leoban is playing some evil game, the ultimate narcissist Baltar manages to suck in even the seemingly totally down to earth extremely likeable Tyrol. It all looks more and more like Iraq, and Darfur, and Northern Uganda, and ... (this list could go on almost indefinitely). It is only in the ... full engagement of the reality and horror of the darkness, in BSG and/or in the real world, that hope has *any* real relevance.

There's my happy thought for the day.

Someone should write a post comparing Mark Driscoll to Baltar. That would be potentially really funny and biting.
Carmen Andres said…
benjamin, great to hear from you again! happy thots, indeed - and i won't even touch the driscoll thing, heh.

i get what your saying about facing the darkness, where hope has great power and relevance. my concern with BSG is that there doesn't seem to be any hope, especially in the last couple of episodes. my own hope is that what's going on has something to do with the way it works in real life: when false hopes are revealed as what they are (empty and even evil), things get dark indeed. if that's where BSG is going--the exposing of false hopes--i hope they also at least echo the another way it works in real life as well: that real hope exists and it's Maker reaches out and explodes the universe towards light, life and love. for far too many, that explosion seems but a spark, but when when we look at our Story as a whole, it is actually an all consuming fire that will swallow death in the end. i guess i'm just looking for that spark and i'm having a hard time seeing it.

i'm not by any means giving up on BSG, i'm just hoping my trust isn't misplaced.

on another note, in rethinking this season, it seems to me that adama seems to be the one walking upstream while everyone else is going downstream; he's the one who's on the edges of faith while everyone else is losing theirs (or getting sucked into baltar's black hole).

again, thanks for the thought-provoking comments!