2010-03-10

Battlestarry-Eyed: Mixed Messages

Last post we identified the issue causing me grief in wrapping my mind around Battlestar Galactica: a conflict or dissonance between the narrative genres of science fiction and myth, and a clash between their associated religious genres of discourse, atheism and supernaturalism respectively. At first I intended merely to point out this discord and remark upon the difficulty it presents to an audience. However, in the course of writing last week's remarks it occurred to me the conflicting genres of discourse may have some implications worth fleshing out here.

What is the meaning of a story split between these two genres of religious and narrative discourse? Moreover, what is the significance of the stalemate those two genres ultimately reach? Or is it really a stalemate at all?