Jan. 27th, 2011

shah_of_blah: (k/l res ship)
So yesterday I found the BSG bible--a document Ron Moore wrote in 2003 for the writers to use as a basis for the first season (and, you know, the rest of the show except they didn't know they'd get more than one season at the time).  You can download it here.  It's about 50 pages long, and I found it quite interesting.  No matter how I may feel about retcons and character/relationship continuity and plotholes and bizarre storylines, that all came later and this bible--this document of what they wanted to do (whether or not they succeeded)--makes me happy.  it reminds me of how amazing the first two seasons were (although things did get a little rocky at the end of season 2). 

Mission

Our goal is nothing less than the reinvention of the science fiction television series.

We take as a given the idea that the traditional space opera, with its stock characters, techno-double-talk, bumpy-headed aliens, thespian histrionics, and empty heroics has run its course and a new approach is required.  That approach is to introduce realism into what has heretofore been an aggressively unrealistic genre.

Call it "Naturalistic Science Fiction."
 
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