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Old March 9 2009, 02:40 PM   #183
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Re: Battlestar Galactica 4x18: "Islanded in a Stream of Stars"

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What is Lost about, exactly? It is a show about a battle for control over a magical island. It has time travel, electromagnets which can destroy the world, smoke monsters... It is ridiculous crap, but it is entertaining and is very well produced.
What is Star Trek about, exactly? It's a show about a ship exploring the galaxy and finding mainly human beings in togas living everywhere. It has time travel, goofy plastic cones that eat planets, energy creatures...It is ridiculous crap, but it is entertaining and is very well produced.
What is Battlestar Galactica about, exactly? It's about a spaceship fleeing an enemy that can destroy twelve planets in a day but can't bring themselves to finish off a few thousand straggling survivors. It has robots disguised as people, people who fly faster-than-light starships but are afraid of computers, "angels" that appear in peoples heads at random moments and tell them what to say...It is ridiculous crap, but it is entertaining and is very well produced.
No text, as the saying goes, can stand up to a hostile reading.
I'm not hostile towards Lost, I love the show and own seasons 1-4 on DVD.

But seriously, what is it about? What is it trying to say about the human condition? Star Trek and BSG at least try to ask questions about morality and what it means to be human, not always but sometimes. In the first season Lost was at least exploring what it would be like to crash-land on an island with a group of strangers, but now it is just a weird sci-fi show with big plot twists and revelations. It is still engaging and it has great character moments, but the only questions is asks anymore are about its own mythology, it doesn't ask any of the big questions.
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