Aaargh…I am seriously suffering from Battlestar Galactica [BSG] withdrawal. For those of you who don’t know, BSG is a show on the SciFi Channel based on a show of the same name from 1978. BSG is, in my humble opinion, the best show on TV today. The basic storyline is that humans, living on 12 planets called the 12 colonies of Kobol, created robots, called Cylons, to help them perform tasks. Over time, these robots became more and more advanced until one day, they developed enough artificial intelligence to rebel against the humans; the Cylons end up leaving the 12 colonies. Forty years later, the Cylons return and launch nuclear attacks on the 12 colonies, forcing all the humans to leave.
The human survivors then rush around space, evading the cylons as much as possible and search for a rumored 13th colony, called Earth. Although the show’s premise seems to heavily science fiction, the show deals with many contemporary issues, such as the war on terrorism, and (from the wiki on BSG) “abortion, the use of biological weapons, and labour rights”.
One of the great aspects of the show, is the constant reference to the real world war on terrorism, such as when the humans find a new planet and occupy it, only to have the Cylons track them down and force them to live under their rule. The humans resort to suicide bombings against the Cylons; which really makes you think about whether it’s fair for the U.S. media to criticize the Iraqis for their use of suicide bombings.
Anyway the show normally airs on Sunday at 10:00pm but last week was the season 3 finale and season 4 doesn’t start until 2008! Aaargh! Anyone who hasn’t seen any of this show, I highly urge you to watch the mini-series and if you’re not immediately immersed, you simply don’t like good television.
This was intended to be a post about the essays I’ve already uploaded to this site but as it’s already a bit lengthy I’ll discuss those essays another day, for the curious the sidebar (the layout of this site maybe updated in the future), lists the schools I’ve attended, and the classes I have digital versions of coursework for. This collection isn’t complete and I’ll continuing updating it as I find more of my coursework from the last five years, although a lot of it is probably lost for good…