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Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.

What is Human?

Can you say "Battlestar Galactica" without sounding like the biggest nerd on the planet? Oh, well; there is so much stuff to chew on in this television series that the nerd label is worth it--and besides, nerdy is cool.

Among the many themes that run through Battlestar--biblical themes, Mormonism, mono/polytheism, democracy, marshal law, the military, racism, war--the question of what it means to be human is at center stage. The plot, which is not original, serves as the foundation: humans create human-like machines, which rebel, and create more of themselves, and look just like us. So what is distinctly human about humans? Layer by layer, the humans continue to discover troubling things about the machines that help to answer (or confuse) this question: they have skin, blood, language, religion, government. Can they fall in love? Do they have souls? Should they be considered as equals? All these points are "debated" (sometimes with violence), and worked out throughout each episode.


Battlestar Galactica

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