Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

13 Jan 2011, 8:55 a.m.

Do Your Choice! I Have No Job!

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2011 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Leonard & I are watching Battlestar Galactica from the beginning -- we'd started watching at season 3 while it was airing. Leonard says that the worst sin on BSG is not doing your job. Maybe the reason Saul Tigh is such a drunk is that he's playing a drinking game around the words "job" and "choice." This is not a show about the nature of humanity, or reconciling with enemies. This is a show about diligence under constraint, like Project Runway.

(The "no choice" thing is another sign that this isn't Star Trek, because if it were, William Adama would automatically be the villain.)

This came to a head last night:

What's Adama's least favorite thing at Safeway?
Anything that's President's Choice.


13 Jan 2011, 15:07 p.m.

I wonder what a BSG version of Star Trek would be like -- the ship crewed by the drunks and discipline problems of Starfleet, the people who were on the verge of getting discharged, but wound up instead assigned to some crappy old museum-piece of a ship that just happened to not get wiped out when the Borg attacked.

The ship could even be the Kirk-era Enterprise, preserved for historical display purposes into the Picard era. Thing's so old it doesn't even have replicators, and the holodeck renders everything as two-dimensional flat-color cartoons.

14 Jan 2011, 10:52 a.m.

IMO the Voyager two-parter "Equinox" is a glimpse into the BSG version of Star Trek.

17 Jan 2011, 0:00 a.m.

Going Native by Rap541 is either the BSG version of Trek, the Trek version of BSG, or both.