Prelude to Top TV Shows List: Battlestar Galatica Bias
by Scott Long
Sometime in the next couple days, I'm going to post my Tivoworthy Show List of 2006. Over the past couple of years, the one show I haven't included that many readers here felt was overlooked was Battlestar Galatica. To be truthful, I didn't overlook the show, it's just that I have little interest in the Science Fiction genre. I've enjoyed books by Orwell and Bradbury, but when spaceships get involved, I generally lose interest. While it's bigger than this, whenever I see someone wearing a uniform jumpsuit, like all the Star Trek type shows sport, I think the future doesn't look that much fun. Kind of like going to Catholic school in zero-gravity.
I'm just not enthusiastic about us meeting other civilizations, as I'm more concerened about problems on this planet. Now before you think I'm ripping Science Fiction like I did Dave Matthews, I'm not. I have friends and family members who are Trekkies and I have a lot of respect for them. I just realize that like Indian food, it just doesn't please my palate.
I would make a hypothesis that a majority of the sabermetrically-inclined happen to also be big fans of Science Fiction, so I know around here I'm probably in the minority. I'm a weird one, as I'm a devotee of the statistical approach to baseball, despite having few mathematical skills and not being a fan of the Sci-Fi channel. Since some of my favorite readers here had told me I was missing the boat on Galatica, I tried to open my mind and take in the show. Hey, I enjoyed Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, so I figured if I could embrace the dueling overacting of Shatner and chestplated Montalban, I thought there was a chance I would dig Galatica, as well.
Sorry, it just doesn't do it for me. The acting is better than most TV dramas. Mary McDonnell is always good, plus Grace Park and Tricia Helfner are fun to watch on many different levels. It just comes back to my biases against the genre. It goes beyond just spaceships, as I have a hard time with any supernatural shows. Never a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Ally McBeal, as I need my shows to resemble more of a documentary style. I know I'm missing out with my inability to step out of my head, but it's just who I am. (The one type of genre that I'm able to suspend disbelief and go with it. PORN!!!)
Now I wrote this piece because I knew when I posted my Top TV shows of the 2006, the comments section would be overwhelmed with Galatica's absence. Here is your place to tell me again why I'm wrong. You aren't going to change my mind because my feeble brain is incapable of marveling at space travel, but maybe you can help persuade other followers to join your way of life. So fill your pocket with quarters and put on your new Nikes, it times to take off.