The BSG Era

Newsweek “asked its cultural critics to pick the one work in their field that they believe exemplifies what it was like to be alive in the age of George W. Bush.” Unfortunately, the very first one to answer is the television critic and he makes the right choice — Battlestar Galactica. I found this via Scott McLemee who also concurs in that judgment.

There have been better television shows than BSG, which I’ve tended to find uneven. But the show’s had some brilliant runs, and really nothing else has done nearly so much to capture the dystopian nature of the Bush years.