Sometimes people need vacations.
And if you’re like every other insane person out there, you often look at inanimate objects and apply personality traits to them. You talk to your plants, you coddle your blankets, you talk to the hand… Well then, shouldn’t a regular blog feature like “Words For Your Enjoyment” get a day off once in a blue moon due to the human fatigue it’s feeling?
That’s why our regularly scheduled WFYE has been replaced today [it will be back next week] with WFME’s Battlestar Friday!
If you’ve been living under a rock or you don’t get SciFi Network you may not have watched one of the greatest new TV shows in a long time — Battlestar Galactica. A much more mature “re-imagining” of the original camp series, this one is at the top of its game on a weekly basis. It’s not a “SciFi” series per se…it’s a human drama with some scifi elements.
That brings us to WFME’s Battlestar Friday.
As the show airs tonight on SciFi (and every Friday) I would like to take the opportunity to pull sequences from past shows (and in an attempt to show you how timely and real the show actually is) – lay out how each of these moments mirror moments from my own life. It’s something you can do on your own, you’ll be amazed how stunning such an experiment is. And so, without further adieu I give you:
WFME’s Battlestar Friday In Which I Pull Sequences From Past Shows And Then Show You How The SAME EXACT Sort-Of Similar Things Have Happened To Me, Which [In The Process] Will Uncover The Fact That Battlestar Galactica Is A Human Drama Instead Of Something Far Less Important
- Humans are attacked by robots (Cylons) that they themselves created in the first place.
The other day I was using one of those Black & Decker can openers in order to get at some of that juicy chicken in a can stuff, and as I was in the middle of opening it the top of the can opener flipped back and snapped at me, slicing open part of my finger and causing me to bleed in the process.
- There’s a character named Starbuck, who is a female fighter-ship operator constantly whipping the other soldiers into shape.
This morning, before I wrote this post I went to Starbucks, where a female employee operated the blender in order to get me my caramel Frappacino with no whip.
- Battlestar includes a pretty animated character named “Baltar” who strives to gain control of the government, but is seemingly constantly made fun of but who (I believe) will triumph in the end and save the day.
I often like to watch the movie Balto — an animated movie about an outcast wolf (voiced by Kevin Bacon) who is never taken seriously but triumphs in the end and saves the day.
- President Laura Roslin had cancer and then it mysteriously disappeared this past week.
I once knew a girl named Roz whose astrological sign was “Cancer” and then suddenly one day she mysteriously disappeared.
- Although the people who inhabit the world of Battlestar Galactica curse often, they use the word “frak” which seemingly doesn’t seem to bother anyone.
Although I curse often, I use the word “goo-yah” which seemingly doesn’t seem to bother anyone.
- The President of the fleet is extremely sick and as recent as the last episode, completely oblivious to everything going on around her.
Our President. Completely oblivious. I’ll leave that one somewhat general for the Republicans.
- Lately, in this season’s storyline — an attractive blonde woman who is also secretly a genetic Cylon is loose among the home fleet, sabotaging anything and everything.
Yes, there is a blonde in my life who is sabotaging everything.
So, as you can very well see — Battlestar Galactica is not the cheesy sci-fi outer space shoot fest you thought it was. In fact, it mirrors my life (and probably yours) and in doing so, creates a human drama that is more familiar than not.
Well, except for the fact that it’s in outerspace, and in a different galaxy, and they’ve got really advanced technology and there are sentient robots and highly-futuristic DNA manipulation going on and Edward James Olmos as a spaceship Admiral…and it’s a TV show. Yeah, except for that.
Otherwise…my life. Exactly.