- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Continuum; 1St Edition edition (December 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826428487
- ISBN-13: 978-0826428486
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,588,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cylons in America: Critical Studies in Battlestar Galactica Paperback – December 1, 2007
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About the Author
C.W. Marshall is Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Theatre at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and author of The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy (2006).
C. W. Marshall is Professor of Greek, Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada. His publications include The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy (2006), Classics and Comics (2011) and No Laughing Matter (Bloomsbury, 2012).
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The essays are of varying density and depth, but I enjoyed them all. Something to be gained from each of them although many were definitely on the "scholarly" side of the street. Some of the essays intrigued me from the first sentence and I underlined extensively. Others, I read quickly, simply didn't resonate with the material.
The diversity of points of view, the diversity of aspects of BSG investigated and dissected by the the authors is what makes this book worth the money.
Cylons and humans...what's the difference?
Torture...is it ever justified?
Rape...can a machine be raped? (Is Boomer a machine? Does a machine have
Is Starbuck a serial killer? (How many times DID she kill Leoben??)
Is there racism among the the humans?
The Uncanny...the "double"
"The Farm" episode...pro life/pro choice...
Why is Hera so important? How important is a hybrid? What will synthesis mean to Human and Cylon???
...I could go on and on.
Again...if you actively watch BSG, like getting into philosophical/political/current events parallels, you will like this book. If you think about the show once you've seen an episode and then look out at the world we live in and relate the two...you'll like this book. If you're willing to put in some effort, you'll like this book. If you're already putting effort into BSG and enjoy doing that, you'll like this book.
I rated the book 4 stars...5 stars is perfect in my estimation and nothing is perfect...thank the gods for that!
And the left-wing nonsense went on and on.
I am sorry that I bought this book. I have since given away my copy to the Goodwill.
Although, if you are a leftist, buy it you'll love it. it reinforces all of your pre-conceived stereo-types.