by Jennifer Keegin
Taking a cue from Kristen, I thought I could add more to the Geek TV Linkage Love. I was thinking of what types of links to contribute, went back to see what was shared last week and knew I could keep the flame of “Geek TV” going.
My husband was a big Battlestar Galactica fan was he was a kid.
I was more of a Buck Rodgers fan.
With both of us Star Wars dorks, we managed to find common ground with the new version of Battlestar Galactica on SyFy. I would not have foreseen it and I have to admit it took a few episodes to understand the general story, but once I got into it, I really started to get into the characters and the twists and turns in the plot.
Here’s the idea behind the show:
All Battlestar Galactica productions share the premise that in a distant part of our galaxy, a human civilization lives on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies, to which they have migrated from their ancestral homeworld of Kobol. The Twelve Colonies have warred for decades with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons, whose goal is the extermination of the human race. The Cylons offer peace to the humans, which proves a ruse. The Cylons carry out a massive attack and these attacks devastate the Colonial Fleet and destroy their populations. Only the Battlestar Galactica, a gigantic battleship and spacecraft carrier, appears to have survived the Cylon conflagration. Under the leadership of Commander Adama, the Galactica and the pilots of “Viper” fighters lead a fugitive fleet of survivors in search of the fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth.
Cylons appear to be human and are hidden among the fleet, so ANYONE can suddenly be revealed as the enemy. This really keeps the show from just being about robots and spaceships. Top notching acting from great actors (most of which are way too pretty to be “normal” people but I digress…) really brings together a fun and drama filled show.
To learn all the ins and outs about the show, there’s a thorough Wiki site here which compiles all information about the old version of the show all the way through the newest spin-off/prequel series Caprica. I know, this show is off the air now – but easily accessible on DVD etc. and I believe it’s a great Geek TV show that many kinds of viewers could get into.
The second show I thought I’d highlight is “The Big Bang Theory“. In full disclosure, I’ve never watched an episode of this show, but have been wanting catch up via online episodes. But here’s a clip where someone says a line from Battlestar Galactica, so it’s pretty Geeky.
Here’s what it’s about:
Set in Pasadena, California, the show is centered on five characters: two room-mate geniuses who work at the California Institute of Technology, experimental physicist Leonard Hofstadter and theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper; their neighbor across the hall Penny, a blonde waitress and aspiring actress; and Leonard and Sheldon’s equally geeky and socially awkward co-workers and friends Howard Wolowitz, an aerospace engineer and a non-PhD from JPL, and Rajesh Koothrappali, an astrophysicist also working at Caltech. The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny’s social skills and common sense.
Click here to watch a clip.
Any comments as readers you have about these shows? I’d love to hear them.