Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sing a song of sci-fi

I don’t know how I managed this. I spend enough time bumbling around on the Internet that, really, I should have noticed it earlier. And what about my friends? Why didn’t they share this news with me? Were they afraid of how I might react?

Because, honestly, it’s pretty damn cool that the final season of “Battlestar Galactica” is going to kick off with a two-hour movie.

As has been established in this blog and elsewhere (by “elsewhere,” I mean “my life”), I enjoy good science fiction. If you think that makes me a dork, stop reading, because it’s only going to get dorkier.

“Galactica” is a great show, not because there are neat-looking spaceships shooting at each other or because the female leads are pretty hot, but because it’s full of great stories. Like the best fiction in any genre, the stories and characters transcend the settings. The overstory is about a search for home—a subconscious aspect of all of our lives, at least in my wholly inexpert opinion. The subplots are about everyday life: Love, death, longing, chasing dreams. And also neat-looking spaceships.

But what I think makes my enjoyment of the show about as dorky as it gets is how much I like the main theme song. It’s… haunting. Probably because it’s a hymn from the Reg Veda (parts of which I had to read in high school—thanks, Bettye Tracy!). Doesn’t get much more haunting than a spiritual cry for redemption. Especially if there are neat-looking spaceships involved. Observe:

Translation: “O God, Thou art the giver of life, the remover of pain and sorrow, the bestower of happiness; O Creator of the Universe, may we receive Thy supreme, sin-destroying light; may Thou guide our intellect in the right direction. Grace Park is smokin'. Amen.”

As far as science fiction-related songs, it doesn’t get much better than that. Although Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom” is a close second, if only because he’s a German synth-pop specialist who wrote a song in German, later translated to English, in homage to a David Bowie song ostensibly about the American space program. Which has neat-looking spaceships.


M. Gants v4.0 said...

Ah, I saw this two hour "Battlestar Galactica" on tv a couple weeks ago - in german too! It was cool!

I also remember seeing some of the older tv shows when I was younger too.

cadiz12 said...

i have battlestar galactica (in its available entirety) on my netflix queue, right after the rest of arrested development. i'm looking forward to it.

tuffluv said...

But Gerry, what about those holes in the plot lines? What about the predictability factor? Admittedly I'm only two episodes away from finishing season 2 on DVD, but I keep having problems with plot. Example: a bunch of galactatrons get stranded on a planet. One is wounded. They forget to bring their med kit when they evacuate the crash site. You know what's coming now: yes, some of them are sent back for the kit (even thought the number one rule of warfare is never divide your little force when facing a superior force) and one of them dies and, yes, of course by the time they get back the guy who was wounded is also dead. And no surprises there! Plus, how the heck did the two Galactatrons with the med kit down in the ravine manage to get past all the cylons on the ridge above? We don't know. We're just shown the humans shooting blindly and then miraculously they're back at base camp with the med kit. Please! Band of Brothers this ain't! No, nor Deep Space 9, either! (Although I gotta admit I love Starbuck!)

Gerry said...

I see where you're coming from, tuffluv, but personally, I haven't been put off by the few times the writing has stumbled. and for what it's worth, season three is easily the best of what's been aired. the first few shows, specifically, are phenomenal, no matter what the genre.