If you don’t know by now, I’m a big fan of the show “Battlestar Galactica.” I was a big fan of the show back in the late 70’s and somewhat resisted the notion of the remake of the TV show series four years ago by the SciFi Channel. Seems like with movies, good original ideas are few and far between lately. But I digress…I am pleasantly surprised with the new TV show and it is in it’s final season.
I love the new characters, story line and how they are pulling out all the stops to tie up the loose ends. The story is based on a civilization far from Earth. The Twelve Colonies built the Cylons (robots) to use as slave labor and then the Cylons rebelled. There was a war and the Cylons left. They came back in thirty years in two forms, the robotic versions referred to as “Toasters” since they are more metal than biomaterial and the “Skin Jobs” which are more humanoid. The Cylons nuked the planet to wipe out the human race but a small group of humans (50K) lead by the BattleStar Galactica escape and try to find a new home or the lost colony, Earth – all the time being hunted by the Cylon fleet.
This group from is so much like Earth humans that they even use the same “kind” of language but with some tweaks. For instance, instead of using the word “God” they use “Gods” – they must have more than one. The first time I heard, “Gods Dam*t” it seemed forced. Even the famous “F” word has been substituted with “Frak.” Wiki explanation here – “Frak” is a potent profanity in the language of the Twelve Colonies. It is a bowdlerized version of the real-life expletive “f**k”, and can seemingly be used in the same ways. Click here for the entire Wiki definition. I guess the creators wanted to follow a similar path the 70s show did by using different but similar words to accentuate minor differences between the Twelve Colony humans and Earth humans. For example, in the 70s show they used the word microns for seconds. “Just wait a micron!” Pretty cool.
Obviously the BSG humans seem to be a bit more advanced in the technology aspect. From spaceships, FTL jump drives and computers. So imagine my surprise while watching this past weeks episode and I heard a familiar voice. It was the “And I’m a PC” guy from the Mac ads!
FRAK! I know who that is! He was an extra in this episode and was playing – to my disbelief – a brain surgeon! From a PC guy to a Brain Surgeon. I had to rewind a couple of times and even snapped these pics of him so you can see that I’m not crazy. Sure was funny to see him on the show. He even had the aurora of quirkiness to him as well.
Wow, that got me thinking. Do you think they had different computer platforms “over there” too? They had the PC guy show up but I have yet to spot the Mac Guy. I’m keeping an eye out.
Now I just have to see if there is a Mac somewhere on the BattleStar…wouldn’t that be cool? Mac to the rescue? LOL.