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*