"According to sources in the White House, President Barack Obama has been uncharacteristically distant and withdrawn ever since last month's two-hour series finale of Battlestar Galactica."
I totally feel the same way. While I still loosely follow Lost and have a guilty pleasure in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (which just keeps getting better), I just find myself listless and distracted without BSG.
Once Firefly was canceled (which still remains unrivaled in my opinion) I thought there would never be redemption for televised science fiction. I thought I was condemned to watching Andromeda or Stargate forever. I thought that I would eternally dwell in a universe created by Gene Roddenberry.
For me, BSG was the antithesis of Star Trek: Next Generation. All the Star Treks were really just a liberal, multi-cutlural fantasy giving us an image of what we aspired to be as a society without calling us out everything that hindered us. Not to be too crass, but it was basically cold war propaganda which then shifted into celebrating inclusion and tolerance. As someone said, Star Trek was a symbol of what we hoped to be while BSG expressed what we really are: all messed up and barely hanging on. For the most part BSG unflinchingly dealt with the tragic aspect of humanity, that we are simultaneously cylons and humans, uh, I mean sinners and saints.
I was out at dinner and I started talking with a friend whom I hadn't seen in a while. He mentioned that he'd heard I like BSG. We could have talked all night, as I could here. But I will end with this: I hope and pray that churches could function, well, but that is the wrong word, that churches could exist like BSG, describing the world as it really is and in that process opening it up to something more. Let us not as churches project a fantasy that soothes our consciences, but rather to boldly go where no few churches have gone before: the place where we deal with our actual humanity.