TV shows and movies are some of the few entirely collaborative arts. It’s just not possible for one person to create such awork alone, so when I see brilliant show like Galactica, I know that I’m not just witnessing one great idea — I’m seeing hundreds of great ideas from dozens of people andsome inspiring leadership and decision-making to glue it all together.
Not surprisingly, I suppose, when I look for meaning in the show, I find myself not just looking at characters and storyline, but also at cinematography and, yes, production design. Hence my interest in things like the rounded chair in webisode seven. Minutiae, maybe. But these type of things have a tendency to get in your head and affect at a very core level how you see the story. Maybe you didn’t notice the chair, but rather just had a strong “we’re not in the fleet any more” feeling. Or maybe it was even more subtle than that.
Jon, a listener, posted a truly awesome comment on my previous post, and if you have a moment, I suggest you jump back and give it (the comment) a quick read. Among all of his great points, he mentioned one unique component of BSG’s production design:
Humans (purely organic) surround themselves with technology/metal bulkheads. Cylons however have very organic ships (remember the docking bay on the basestar from ‘Kobol’s last Gleaming?’).
This has come up in discussion here at GWC before in terms of what we perceive as an attempt to “humanize” cylons. Specifically, we mentioned how when Kat and Starbuck finally “killed” Scar in the episode bearing his (her?) name, Scar struck a rock and split apart, spraying guts into space. Why didn’t Scar just explode as we’ve seen in the past?
(And on a side note — how many other parts of Cylons are organic? This is a great discussion worth more space than it’d get here at this moment.)
Since something as big as the way each “race’s” spaceships look certainly isn’t an accident by any stretch, what’s meant by those specific production design decisions? Is this an indication that Cylons want to be human?