A quick thought about the Gospel from Battlestar Galactica

So, Crystal and I started watching Battlestar Galactica. Yes, it’s the new one. No, I don’t want to argue about it. Yes, the opening music is beautiful and haunting. Music for the end of the world.

And, really, that’s what I want to talk about. The setup for Battlestar Galactica is simple: man created the Cylons, but they rebelled against him. So, not to belabor the point, that makes the Cylons the bad guys. (Now, I’m in Season One, so please no spoilers, especially because I wonder if this breakdown will be messed with later in the series.)

So, Cylons are the villains because they violently rebelled against their creators.

Therefore, why do we object to being painted as the villain in the real world? After all, we violently rebelled against our Creator. Right?

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5 responses to “A quick thought about the Gospel from Battlestar Galactica

  • Kuma

    I’d take issue with the ‘violently’ part.

    And humanity does *not* get a free pass in BSG, particularly in Season 3.

  • James

    Thankfully, in the real world, the rebels are not able to kill our creators, and our Creator is, at His own expense, redeeming us rebels and bringing them back to Him with newness of heart rather than running away in fear.

  • jon

    Yeah, the same thing struck me about the storyline of BSG. Admittedly, in the first few episodes before the characters were strongly developed, i caught myself ROOTING for the cylons.

    It’s only after you get to know the characters, and start to appreciate their character strengths (AND their flaws) that i started to turn around and hope for them to overcome.

  • Tony Dowler

    If this is how you’re thinking about BSG, then I submit you’re going to have plenty of food for thought as the series develops. My wife and I are caught up, and we’re watching developments on the edge of our seats. There’s lots of fodder for philosophical and theological discussion there.

  • Seth Ben-Ezra

    To be clear, this isn’t really a BSG-specific thought. Rather, it’s more like the whole “created creature rebels about creator” story thought, which BSG draws from.

    Tony, I decided to start watching BSG for two reasons: 1) I’d heard that there were interesting political overtones to the show and 2) we played the board game. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to having food for thought on this one *and* to playing the board game again.

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