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December 15, 2003

Aaron Mannes reads the wrong

Daniel Radosh

Aaron Mannes reads the wrong religion into Battlestar Galactica: The Colonials were forced from their homes, their civilization shattered. A few, with the will to carry on, gathered the survivors and began searching for a mystical home world (a legendary 13th Colony known as Earth) while beset by merciless, specicidal enemies. This material resonated — it was science fiction for Herzl, for Ben Gurion, for Moses! This was Jewish science fiction. (For me, this association was strengthened because in the original Battlestar Galactica opener, after the destruction and the Galactica's escape, a provisional council was formed and its sleazy appeasing leader always merged in my head with Edward G. Robinson leading the licentious festivities around the Golden Calf in The Ten Commandments.)

Sorry, guy, everybody knows BG is a Mormon parable.

I haven't gotten around to watching the new incarnation, but it's still on my ReplayTV. Any fellow geeks out there who can tell me if it's worth 4 hours of my time?

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