• “Battlestar Galactica” Provides Good Role-Models For Girls

    May 18, 2009 11:54 am 2 comments
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    Unlike its 1978 counterpart, the remake of “Battlestar Galactica” features strong female characters who prove to be good role-models for young girls. Although the series has ended, the show continues to resonate with people all over the world by virtue of their DVD players.

    The female characters on the show prove to be just as strong as, if not stronger than, their male counterparts. Kara Thrace (callsign Starbuck), played by Katee Sackhoff, is introduced in the miniseries as a feisty fighter pilot who will not hesitate to throw a punch if somebody pisses her off. She is hailed as Galactica’s best fighter pilot.

    Katee Sackhoff quit smoking, and her character quit smoking cigars, because of all the young girls who said that they wanted to be like Starbuck when they grow up.

    Unlike the original series, which depicted females as soft, delicate people, the remake shows them in a completely different light. Although women are still hailed as the life-bearers, and thus given high importance in the post-apocalyptic society, their potential in other aspects of society is not in any way undermined.

    Mary McDonnell delivers a superb performance as Laura Roslin, the President of the 12 Colonies, who is determined to not succumb to her terminal breast cancer until she leads the people to Earth. Although the final episode marked her passing, her journey was a success.

    As Sharon Valeri (callsign Boomer), Grace Park plays a conflicted member of the Galactica crew who is revealed at the end of season 1 to be a cylon. Her cylon programming was activated upon coming face to face with literally hundreds of copies of herself, prompting her to lodge two near-fatal bullets in the chest of Commander Adama (Edward James Olmos). Although she is later shot and killed while coming out of the brig (in a very Lee Harvey Oswald fashion) one of her cylon copies makes peace with the Galactica crew and births a half-human, half-cylon child named Hera, who goes on to become the female progenitor of the human race on Earth (Mitochondrial Eve).

    Society has progressed to the point where women are no longer relegated to the position of birthing babies and cleaning the house. Young girls have been provided very positive role models from modern science fiction, including Battlestar Galactica, which depict women as strong, independent, and capable human beings who can accomplish more than breast-feeding in their lives.

    (I wrote this article to prove to the butt-hurt Adam Nelson that women can, indeed, write good, thought-provoking articles)


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