- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd (12 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848853734
- ISBN-13: 978-1848853737
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Battlestar Galactica: Investigating Flesh, Spirit and Steel (Investigating Cult TV Series) Paperback – 12 Jul 2010
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Roz Kaveney is editor of 'Reading the Vampire Slayer' and author of books 'Superheroes!', Teen Dreams and From Alien to The Matrix, all I.B.Tauris. Jennifer Stoy is a writer and editor on popular culture, based in the USA.
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The introduction alone will be cringe-inducing for any ordinary reader. The author's arguments rely upon certain presupposed premises that may or may not be true in the real world, but subsist as living, breathing beasts in media criticism. To weather the introduction, the reader must accept such premises as (a) all female characters must reject or invert traditional gender roles to be found interesting-- to the extent that the Roslin/Adama pairing is "disappointing", or (b) that the inclusion of massive numbers of homosexual characters is necessary to make storytelling interesting-- because apparently the four on Galactica weren't enough-- or even (c) white male leads are somehow a bad thing (which should be immaterial with a Latino Commander Adama, but hey, that doesn't fit the author's argument, so it doesn't even rate a mention).
If you've not set foot outside a set of hallowed, ivy-clad walls since your late teens, then you're probably used to this sort of ridiculous over-analysis. Unfortunately, the rest of this volume is regrettably more of the same. If you enjoyed BSG, pass on this book. It makes mountains of molehills at every pass, and searches for deeper, hidden meanings that truly compelling stories don't need, and have never needed, to be successful.