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Battlestar Galactica

erfüllBattlestar Galactica
(USA 2003-2009)

Directors: David Eick, Ronald D. Moore

Battlestar Galactica (BSG or Galactica) is a military science fiction serial drama television series. It is re-imagining the Battlestar Galactica TV series from 1978 (Glen A. Larson). The series began in December 2003 and ran for four seasons thereafter, ending on March 20, 2009.

A civilization of humans lives on a series of planets, the Twelve Colonies. It had created a cybernetic race, the so called Cylons, which revolted against their masters and began their own evolution and improvement. With the unwitting help of the human scientist Gaius Baltar, the Cylons launch an ambush on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations.

Of all the Colonial Fleet, the Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. Under the leadership of famed military leader Commander William "Bill" Adama, the Battlestar Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled refuge known as Earth.

Time described Battlestar Galactica as "a gripping sci-fi allegory of the war on terror, complete with monotheistic religious fundamentalists (here, genocidal cyborgs called Cylons), sleeper cells, civil-liberties crackdowns and even a prisoner-torture scandal". However the society trying to survice is not an urban one. It is nomadic to the bone, until the (in my opinion) quite unlikely final scene and solution.

For me most of all the series form an epic adventure. They show the tensions and even ruptures inside a society, both military and civil, may it be so small and threatened as in this case.

Spiritual explanations and belief systems, which are widely extended, do not proof to be reliable basements for decisions. The most interesting question is, if the heroes really act and have choices, or are more driven by irrational forces. One of these forces is sexuality, others are connected with dreamlike visions of rescue.




Moscow myths

Night Watch (Russia 2004)

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Novel: Sergei Lukyanenko
Screenplay: Timur Bekmambetov

Night Watch (russian Nochnoi dozor) is an action fantasy film by the famous director Timur Bekmambetov, loosely based on the novel The Night Watch. With this film starts a trilogy, followed by Day Watch and probably Twilight Watch.

The frontlines appear to be nicely put. first between normal humans (which are not interesting at all) and humans with paranormal powers, the so called Others. Second, between the Light Others and the Dark Others, evenly matched and so upholding a truce.

The plot begins when Anton Gorodetsky comes into play, a human having not yet discovered his supranatural powers and abilties. With him, good and evil evolve, but now fighting against each other in one person.
Uncle Zavulon, why are we the Dark Ones? - Imperfections are hidden in darkness, Yegor. And people always have their imperfections.

Day Watch
(Russia 2006)

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Novel: Sergei Lukyanenko
Screenplay: Timur Bekmambetov

The movie (Dnevnoy dozor, or better Night Watch 2: The Chalk of Fate) is based on the second and the third part of Lukyanenko's novel The Night Watch rather than its follow-up novel Day Watch.

Again the main scenery is Moscow. More than in Night Watch the city itself comes into play. Especially the so called Dark Others reveal themselves as evil and corrupt Russians of our days. Moscow is nearly destroyed, starting with the Ostankino Tower; a fierce battle between the Light and Dark Others follows, with few survivors on either side. But nothing is quite how it seems.

Much funnier than its forerunner, Day Watch provides us with a great showdown - the final battle between Light and Dark - and in the epilogue with an unexperienced solution.