Human Insurgency

Battlestar Galactica season premiere was awesome! This is how you kick it off in style. I’m sure this episode will be talked about for a long time because of the bold political commentary hidden behind the New Caprica resistance story. Writers really went where no few other shows on TV dare to go lately and they asked all the right questions.

How far would you go if you were fighting for survival of your people and your way of life? What are acceptable methods of resistance? What would you do if you were on that planet? Would you join the extremist resistance and fight for the right cause using methods you do not necessarily condone? Would you join the other side, and trade your principles for safety from prosecution? Or would you just sit there and do nothing?

Viewers can experience an interesting role reversal when watching the show. On Caprica the suicide bombers are the good guys. We are in the position where we can’t do anything but root for the human insurgency, and we cheer whenever they blow up toasters. We get the unique experience of completely identifying with the “terrorists” and completely understanding why they do these things.

I suspect because of the political relevance of the story, Galactica may well get noticed well outside of our little fandom. But even if we forget about the politics, it is still a gripping story. It’s painful to watch at times, but damn intriguing.

Battlestar Galactica
Oct 7, 2006 by Terminally Incoherent
Battleastar Galactica: The Occupation; Precipice

★★★★★

Galactica is definitely one of the best shows on TV at the moment.

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11 Responses to Human Insurgency

  1. ZeWrestler UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Going where no writers have gone before? 24, a show on fox, did have the president of the US arrested for Treason involving an oil scandal that lead to killing a previous president.

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I never actually saw an episode of 24. I always mean to check it out, but I never do. Anyways, I was not aware of that. Heh, that kinda makes me want to watch the show now. :mrgreen:

    But in 24 you still root for the good guy no? You want them to catch the terrorists and prevent innocents from being killed. BSG makes you look at things from the eyes of the bad guy fighting for a something that he believes is right.

    Obviously, Cylons are not th good guys here – but perhaps neither are we…

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  3. ZeWrestler UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    in 24 you have the good guys, the bad guys and jack bauer. he’ll kill whoever.

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  4. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Dude, what would happen if Chuck Norris and Jack Bauer decided to fight each other? :mrgreen:

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  5. ZeWrestler UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    lets not start this one…again.

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  6. un4scene UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I thought it was a wee bit heavy handed with the trying to form parallels with current events, but as an episode I enjoyed it ok. It dragged a bit in the middle and I coulda done without the Mrs. Tigh porn stuff. Blah!

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  7. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Heh… Yeah, Ms. Whatsherface and Al from Quantum Leap are just about the last two people person I want to see getting it on and discussing sexual techniques :P

    It might have been a little bit overdone, but it definitely worked in the context.

    Here is a question:

    Adama said that Centurions can’t distinguish Sharon from other Cylons. Can’t she just order the riding party that ambushed them in the forest to stop?

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  8. un4scene UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I would believe ordering the centurions to stand down is how Sharon is going to get them out of that pickle. My question is, will the other Sharons become aware of her presence?

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  9. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I guess it depends if they sent a skinjob with the centurion squad or not. She could simply order the centurions to deactivate or if that’s not possible just make them stand down as the marines blow them up.

    Cylons would have to assume that the insurgents destroyed the squad somehow.

    Unless of course the Centurions have an uplink back to base in which case they might become aware that a Cylon is conspiring with the insurgents. Would they suspect Sharon? Who knows…

    If there is a skinjob leading the squad, then the answer is simple – yes.

    Hmm… I wonder what happens when two cylons give a centurion conflicting orders :P

    Btw, how to copies of the same model distinguish between each other? For example if Sharon A meets Sharon B one day, and then Sharon C another day, how can she distinguish between the two?

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  10. un4scene UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    “Skinjob” sounds so gross. How about Metally Challenged?

    “Hmm… I wonder what happens when two cylons give a centurion conflicting orders”

    If it were me, I’d stuff them in the nearsest thunderdome and let them figure it out themselves.

    As for different models, I tend to wonder how they are ‘networked’, which is the only way I can see them recognize and differentiate between each other. I mean, word of mouth seems like an inefficient way to get to know your fellow cylons. It’d be like the cocktail reception from hell.

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  11. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Skinjob is a toaster with a human skin (eg. Sharon), no?

    I was more interested in situation like this:

    Quantum Leap Due: “Centurions, kill those humans!”
    Galactica Sharon: “Don’t kill them! Stand down!”

    What happens then? Do they just listen to the last order? Do they just stand around confused? Are they autonomous enough to make a strategic decision in a situation like that?

    Re: identification. Here is my theory on how they identify eachother:

    - every cylon has a unique identifying code or something like that
    - the code is transmitted using the same technology as the consciousness uploads
    - when two cylons meet, they exchange their ID code

    I suspect that they could poll another cylon within a line of sight for ID. The sharing of ID would probably be involuntary instinct judging from Cylon’s they recognized Boomer as the Galactica heor when she got resurected in that Cylon city on Caprica.

    They might be closely networked like you said, but we have seen that the individual units tend to be capable of operating away, or even against other Cylons. But then again, when they discussed insurgency in Baltar’s ofice each of the copies said “We agree” as if they were speaking for their whole population. This suggests some sort of hive-mind thing going on…

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