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Old September 10 2012, 03:20 AM   #36
Re: My rambling thoughts on BSG after a full series run-through

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I'm not sure if you're being rhetorical, or what, but just for the record, this didn't happen. Earth—the real Earth—was established as existing at the climax of season three in "Crossroads, Part 2," in the zoom shot on the galaxy.
Good point, so God reached out back in time billions of years and created this Earth for the benefit of the Audience to see, rather than the show's characters just a little Earlier. God could probably anticipate the need for it later in the show, as the Cylon Earth would prove to be a disappointment.

Also, there is a matter of interpretation, as it is an open question exactly who or what God is in nuBSG. It is true, and I will agree on this point, that God is a mystery. That much, and more, is certainly in common with what people in real life consider God to be. However, at the series climax in "Daybreak, Part 2," words are attributed to the being known as God by Head Baltar, that God doesn't like the name God, which would seem to be at odds with the Judeo-Christian God.
Beware of the head Baltar, he seems to be playing the role of the Devil in this one. I don't know exactly which phase your talking about, I think your referring to when he is talking to Six in Manhattan 150,000 years later.

yes, the nature of the BSG god is kept mysterious, but it is still shown that it is basically pulling all the strings, and has been from day one. It's kind of like Oedipis Rex I guess, which I also didn't like. Again, if the story is "Human puppets get moved around like chess pieces by God," it's just not that interesting as drama to me.Which is not to say that I have an issue with subtle religious themes in entertainment, but blatant "God did it" stories I do have an issue with.
So it appears you share the attitude of Baltar before he got "converted". Well how else can your explain Another Earth complete with evolutionary history? Apparently in this Universe Humans evolved on two planets Kobol and this newly created Earth, and they are the exact same species too. It really is hard to explain the whole BSG assumptions without going through contortions with ancient astronaut conspiracies and the like.

But with 90%+ of Series resulting in being God explained away as "Superior Intelligence/Alien", don't you need this 10% or less in order to maintain your disbelief it might not end with being explained away? If there's no possible way a story could ever end with a real unexplained "God", doesn't that take some of the mystery out of it?
Yes, the "alien as god" mythos has been so over done in shows like Star Trek for instance, where we have beings like Apollo as a kind of alien and so forth.
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