Lt. Starbuck … Lost In Castration

Dirk Benedict as Starbuck

Dirk Benedict as Starbuck

Dirk Benedict seems upset.

There was a time, I know I was there, when men were men, women were women and sometimes a cigar was just a good smoke. But 40 years of feminism have taken their toll. The war against masculinity has been won. Everything has turned into its opposite, so that what was once flirting and smoking is now sexual harassment and criminal. And everyone is more lonely and miserable as a result.

Witness the “re-imagined” “Battlestar Galactica,” bleak, miserable, despairing, angry and confused. Which is to say, it reflects in microcosm the complete change in the politics and morality of today’s world, as opposed to the world of yesterday.

For the record, at one point I was telling people that I thought the new BSG was maybe the best sci-fi television series ever. I had my quibbles with some of the politics and with some of the twists and turns in the storyline, but it was overall outstanding.

Then, one day, I basically lost interest. I don’t think I’ve watched since Starbuck (the girl one) flew out of the cloud or something at the end of an episode or season or whatever. We TiVoed the following episodes but never got around to watching them. Sometimes I wonder what ever happened with those people, but I don’t wonder hard enough to watch.

Also for the record, I’m not much of a television watcher to begin with. So my opinion on the viability of television shows doesn’t really count for much.

Regarding Benedict’s points about feminism, sexual harassment, and the “un-imagining” of BSG, I’ve got to say that even if I don’t agree 100% with him on everything, I think he’s coming from the right direction on most of it.

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  • Kevin says:

    As a huge sci-fi fan, I was quite excited to see this new series when it came out. Five episodes later, I’d given up on it. It felt like they couldn’t have made the show less interesting (from a sci-fi perspective) if they tried their hardest.

  • Bram says:

    I was a late-comer to Galactica. It seems that instead of making each episode exciting, they try to string along the viewers with promises of a new reveal next week – every week.

    How about killing some Cylons and finding some cool planets instead of a politics and geriatric romances?

  • Bram says:

    I do agree with Benedict. He should write a real sci-fi script, have Mel Gibson fund it, and put it on the Sci-Fi channel – I promise to watch.

  • Sam says:

    I wish Mel Gibson and the other traditionalists in Hollywood would band together and make film and TV that’s for the rest of us…. not just the political correctness crowd.

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