It is the superior nature of the artistic endeavor that has been the television program Battlestar Galactica (reimagined series 2003-2009) that has engendered efforts such as this blog and the multiverse of other fan-inspired works out there. The passions would not run so deep if the level of the art were not so high.

As fans, we've come to expect excellence from this show and thus the blogosphere and elsewhere the feedback loop rings out with ideas, suggestions, perspectives, interpretations, analysis, theories, yes spoilers galore too - really, all manner of creative participation in the ongoing event. Battlestar Galactica is so special I'm not sure Ron Moore and David Eick, the shows creators of this incarnation, are even quite aware of how enduring it will be. Most of the actors on the show will count it one day as the high-point of their careers when they look back years from now.

Yes, we live in a snarky, smart-assy hipster-pose Age, and in their public remarks about the show Moore and Eick constantly throw cold water on the writing choices and attempt to distance themselves from the geekier aspects of science fiction as a genre, but this show has truly been something special because of or in spite of its genre - purely as a work of staged dramatic fiction. Television and film are the quintessential collaborative medium, and oh so rarely to the right elements come together in such a way as to make magic: When Mary McDonnell's character Laura Roslin sees the snakes on her hands ... when the camera tracks through various parts of the Galactica with that wonderful music and we see Billy and Dualla on the Observation Deck ... when Six tells Baltar "Humanity's children have returned home, today" ... when D'Anna steps into the starlight of the supernova and sees the faces of the Final Five ... when Roslin sees the recon photo image of Kobol and it is a living vibrant city that no one else sees ... rare moments of transcendence realized from the page to the screen.

Moore, Eick, and the rest of the creative team should take the fan adoration of Battlestar Galactica with a large grain of salt (and I've provided one above) ... all the efforts by all the people to participate in some way in this creative experience must be read as an homage, no matter how critical at times, because with their final ten episodes the passions are going to run high and the criticisms are going to flow.

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