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16 August 2009 @ 07:19 am
Duty, honor, loyalty and respect.  
Someone asked in battlestar_blog some time ago how the show changed or affected others in their lives. I had simply responded with stating that it had given me more enlightenment regarding the philosophical and controversial subject matter presented which no other show would dare become that raw and realistic, which definitely opened my eyes to certain topics once viewing and pondering them both online and in real life, making for interesting discussions with other people.

But after thinking about it long afterward I think that, in addition to all of that mentioned, is the understanding and appreciation of those serving in the military that has affected and changed me the most.

I have family members and relatives that have served their time in the military, one of my childhood best friends is serving his time right now. I never experienced or completely understood what it meant to be a soldier though, even with having those personal ties or even with certain war films and documentaries and such that I watched from time to time. I also feel like there are loads of people out there that don't appreciate soldiers who do go into war, or the amount of negativity that is sometimes associated with those soldiers that are disrespecting their uniform in some manner or another. The thing with Battlestar is that while it primarily showed us the happenings on the Galactica and how the soliders within the fleet operated, it also showed us how human beings acted and reacted in times of war. Soldiers, mechanics, politicians, civilians, it doesn't matter who you are, in a time of war everyone is united in fighting to survive. People who wear the uniform have it even harder when trying to keep their cool while underneath heavy orders.

If there's anything this show taught me is how to appreciate those who serve in the military, by seeing how they operate, the hard calls and decision-making by "rolling the hard six", strategic thinking and planning, trying to see what their opponents next move is going to be along with handling the everyday situations with their own people, even with simple things like salvaging food and water and proper living necessities, everything that happens when trying to defend the fleet and making it through to see another day. Not everything is going to go smoothly, there will be mistakes, they have to take responsibility for those actions and live with it every single day but never give up. Same with those in the government. They created this show to be as realistic and hardball as possible, and they succeeded by making this very real human aspect of just living and being while maintaining order and authority when everything has gone to shit in their lives, and sometimes that means making decisions and choices one would never have thought they would have to make. Most of us watching would never even consider having to do any of the stuff some of these characters have to do, and yet this is showing is the hard reality that in times of war, yeah, these are things that have to be done by people who think the same thing. There is no way around it, and it's terrifyingly real especially with these characters that you identify and connect with. They aren't superhuman, they are just the same as you and me, just placed underneath hardcore situations and putting themselves on the line every single day for the rest of humanity's survival. That takes a lot of guts and courage and loyalty, sometimes most wouldn't have if they were asked to do it, and I commend all those in the military that do this with such bravery and dignity.

With that, even if it is just television and most will probably never truly understand military life unless we experience it firsthand ourselves, that is what Battlestar Galactica taught me amongst the many other philosophical aspects that it provided. And this is what it remains NUMBER ONE in the Epic Television Series Ever category.

/this post brought to you by early Sunday morning ponderings *brb getting some breakfast and waking up*
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Nicole Anell: pilotsnicole_anell on August 16th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I gotta admit, BSG gave me kinder feelings for the military too and made me less quick to dehumanize them.

Great post.

Edited at 2009-08-16 03:50 pm (UTC)
Renée: Cylons. By your command!rogueslayer452 on August 16th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and the thing is I was never anti-military or anything like that. But with the most recent years, especially after 9/11 and the whole war on terrorism, it had gotten me to really second-guess and question things about how our government was handling situations and how were we to be ensured of our safety. Most of that had to do with the news and media coverage on the issue, as well.

But BSG definitely changed my perspective, showing the humanity and the vulnerabilities and the stresses of such tall order jobs, and makes me really appreciate all those that take their jobs as seriously as they do.

Thank you. This is what happens when I wake up too early in the morning. ;D
rawthorne on August 16th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I think the show does a great job in showing the resilience of human spirit, regardless of profession. The military but also politicians and civilians are shown in rather harsh circumstances doing their best and ultimately learning the value of their humanity. It's so easy to see the sheer amount of crap people can do - it's on every news channel, 24/7. But BSG had those rare moments of 'we can do this' and 'this isn't right'. People asking questions and defending principles in heinous circumstances. I've never seen a show that is so realistic and goes so deep into what makes us human without even being set in a realistic setting.
Renéerogueslayer452 on August 17th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
I've never seen a show that is so realistic and goes so deep into what makes us human without even being set in a realistic setting.

Definitely. BSG always pushed that envelope and blurred those lines and allowed the audience to question things characters had done in situations, something that rare shows do. The show has always been about defining what it means to be human, regardless of who you are, and it really redefines how we look at ourselves and how we treat our enemies and even each other. I love that, and that will always be with what I take out from the show. It truly is epic, indeed.
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on August 17th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I can't think of anything more profound to say at the moment than "I agree with all the above, and the comments as well."
kitchensexslavekitchensexslave on August 18th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
That's not something I've thought about consciously before but you're right - it does such an amazing job of dramatising and humanising the military. Oh, why'd it have to end? :(*

*Not that I didn't love the ending... it was perfect, I just never wanted it to reach that point
Renée: Cylons. Happy endings are love.rogueslayer452 on August 20th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
It really does. I've watched interviews and listened to the commentaries and I know that was their intention, bringing in hardcore realism to such circumstances and how people would really act in those kinds of situations, and just really humanizing everyone. But it's just really astounding how well they've done it. How perfect it fits into the atmosphere of the show, something I don't think any other show would ever have the guts to do, especially in regards to the military.

The ending was perfect and completely satisfactory to me, but I totes feel you. It was an epic series and it's sad that it ended.