Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Faceman Speaks

Dirk Benedict opines on modern Hollywood, moral ambiguity, the attack on the family, the furthering of self-hatred and the continued derision of manhood with Lost In Castration:
Witness the “re-imagined” “Battlestar Galactica,” bleak, miserable, despairing, angry and confused. Which is to say, it reflects in microcosm the complete change in the politics and morality of today’s world, as opposed to the world of yesterday. The world of Lorne Greene (Adama), Fred Astaire (Starbuck’s Poppa) and Dirk Benedict (Starbuck). I would guess Lorne is glad he’s in that Big Bonanza in the sky and well out of it. Starbuck, alas, has not been so lucky. He’s not been left to pass quietly into that trivial world of cancelled TV characters.

“Re-imagining”, they call it. “Un-imagining” is more accurate. To take what once was and twist it into what never was intended. So that a television show based on hope, spiritual faith and family is un-imagined and regurgitated as a show of despair, sexual violence and family dysfunction. To better reflect the times of ambiguous morality in which we live, one would assume. A show in which the aliens (Cylons) are justified in their desire to destroy human civilization, one would assume. Indeed, let us not say who the good guys are and who the bad are. That is being “judgmental,” taking sides, and that kind of (simplistic) thinking went out with Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and Kathryn Hepburn and John Wayne and, well, the original “Battlestar Galactica.”
Big Hollywood is a site intended for "conservative" show-biz folks to come together. Some of them still have to do it anonymously.

For the record, I watched the first few episodes when the reboot first began and then wrote it off. They had ruined my favorite character (Starbuck), and I wasn't interested.

1 comment:

  1. What I've read of Big Hollywood is really good. I have yet to bookmark it, but that's been more because of my own laziness than anything else...