I've heard about this for ages on the web. Just how close are the allegories?
I'm from Europe, so really didn't meet anyone from the LDS until I moved to North America - and you couldn't wish to meet nicer people. Didn't
really want to ask them about how their beliefs matched up with my TV viewing habits.
If anyone could enlighten me I'd be most grateful.
you want to refer to - The Original - which had little relegious content or Ron D Moores new take on the story. The Idea of the Twelve certainly had
a reigious context in the original - but given todays climate I think Dune could be a better starting point. Im kind of uncomfortable at times with
the new version - anything moving in the way of Religios conflict for me has a raw edge and i think no place in mainstream Sci-Fi.
I've never watched Battlestar Galactica, but I am a Mormon. I did a quick look on Google, and found that the creator of BG, Glen Larson, is a
Mormon, so it's likely he has been influenced by his religion, consciously or unconsciously, in making this TV show.
Since season 2 the new BG has been a really great show. Season 1 was good too but starting at season 2 it just gets incredible. I am not really a
big fan of sci-fi and I thought the original BG was a cheesy rip off of Star Wars. I would recommend the new series to anyone who likes good drama.
I can't really answer too much because I don't know enough about mormons or mormon prophesy.
The comparisons aren't accidental. The writer (and Executive Producer of the original Series) Glen A. Larson is LDS. The Planet Kobol plays a lot in
Mormon docrine, as does the Council Of The Twelve. But above and beyond that, there's a lot more. Check out these websites:
There are many similiarities that have already been pointed out such as the fact that Kobol is similiar to Kolob(Home of God believed by Mormons).
There are other similiarities, though.
1. Quorum of the Twelve(This is the ruling body in the old BSG show, and also hapens to be the ruling body in the Mormon church under the prophet and
his two counselors).
2. Sealed(In one episode apollo and Serena were "sealed", or married. They were married for all time in this sealing ceremony in the show. It just
so happens that Mormons are sealed "for time and all eternity" to each other in the temple).
3. Lost tribe(We are considered the lost tribe of Israel).
Glen Larson is a member of the Mormon church. He has inserted many of his beliefs into the old show, but the new show is devoid of any of these ideas,
except the Quorum of the Twelve.
I had no idea how much doctorine there was in the series (80's and '05) - a real eye opener for me. Thanks Taupe for the heads up on this. Having
read a number of other series - PF Hamilton and Dune as well as Asimovs Foundation and of course B5 its amazing how much religious allegory cam be
built into a Sci Fi premise (tears up his own screen play and starts again LOL)
My favorite old BG was the ol' Red Eye episode where a cylon crashes and is renamed by its finder, Red Eye. It had kind of a western feel to it. Does
anyone remember the one about the two opposing sides wanting to have an all out war against each other? Apollo comes as a visitor to these people and
the Battleship ends up shielding the planet from the one sides (alliance) already cruising missiles. Politically, that episode is still scarily
Just like the wrath of kahn was a retelling of moby dick, the original battlestar was a star wars version of some mormon ideas.
not to say it was a religious program, it just borrowed many motifs of its creators religion. I think wikipedia has a Mormon to Bg comparison. But
narnia had many new testament motifs, star wars had many eastern mystic motif's, samurai and western stories are often very similiar as well. good
stories are good stories no matter where they come from.
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