Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished Or Mission Frakked Up?

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Josef Steiff, Tristan D. Tamplin
Open Court, 2008 - Performing Arts - 423 pages
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In attempting to retain her "human" side, does Sharon really have free will? Is killing a Cylon murder or garbage disposal? These are some of the questions addressed in this thoughtful collection of writings on the philosophical underpinnings of Battlestar, Galactica. The book includes a brief analysis of the original 1970s and 80s series but concentrates primarily on the episodes, characters, and issues from the entirely reimagined current series (including its fourth and final season, scheduled for airing in early 2008) as well as the two-hour TV movie and direct-to-DVD release Razor.

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As many have previously mentioned, there are some unforgivable mistakes here; misspellings and misplaced punctuation have no place in a mass-published book. Don't they employ copy editors? Mistakes aside, this is a curious book. As with most books in this series, it's interesting to see the writers analyze the topic with both pop culture and academic lenses. I could have done without all the Iraq war parallels; it seems like this topic has been done to death. I recommend this as a read, provided a reader also has access to some of the original quoted sources i.e. Kant, Hobbes, Schopenhauer, etc.  


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Josef Steiff is the assistant chair and director of film development in the Department of Film and Video at Columbia College Chicago. An independent filmmaker, he has worked as a director, producer, cinematographer, and editor with budgets ranging from $100 to $100,000+. Steiff is also a staff writer for "Film Monthly" and has served as assistant editor of "Wide Angle Film Quarterly,

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