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It almost hurts to know I'm geeky enough to have gotten it immediately.
Yeah....didn't even blink.

It's like being in high school again, explaining 'what in fucking hell 2001: Space Odyssey was about?' to a class and two teachers, the day after it was televised. "No, the rushing-air sound effects didn't fail, there's no sound in vacuum."
 

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I had to look it up to get the reference. While I was a fan of the original series, I watched very little television as I got older and started working. I've seen some of the episodes of TNG. Never seen any of the other Trek series, never seen BG or B5. I've only started watching more tv since i've retired but still watch very few series programs. I mostly watch movies and news (which is usually on as background noise).
 

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Waiting for fudgement day.

And who the fuck is Gad?

Gad is the angel that helps fudge your score, obviously.
"Gadzooks!" St. Peter says. "You were not good enough for Heaven!"
"You called?" Gad says.
"Yeah, check the math on this penitent, Gad. He's just short of the minimum for Paradise."
"Oh, sure. Wink, wink."
"For the bilionth time, Gad, we do not SAY wink, wink."
 

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I had to look it up to get the reference. While I was a fan of the original series, I watched very little television as I got older and started working. I've seen some of the episodes of TNG. Never seen any of the other Trek series, never seen BG or B5. I've only started watching more tv since i've retired but still watch very few series programs. I mostly watch movies and news (which is usually on as background noise).

Loved the original series. Watched it so much I could often guess the episode within 10 seconds. TNG was good. The first season they were trying to figure stuff out, and really got better the second season I think. Deep Space 9 was great. Had re-watched it in the early 2000's which added a new slant to the story. It takes place on a station next to a planet just getting its freedom from an occupying force, where the former freedom fighters were labeled 'terrorists' by the former conquerors, and anyone who 'collaborated' with the occupying government was viewed by the people as the worst of criminals. Watching that during the height of the Iraq occupation certainly gave it a new context. Voyager is the only Trek series I didn't watch all of. It had some great characters, but the writers didn't seem to know what to do with it.

I loved Babylon 5, great series. That one they had a 5 year story arc planned out before it even began. Went in a few directions that were not expected, some very cool stuff. The 5th season might be a little weak because they were going to be cancelled so tried to wrap things up in the 4th season in case they didn't get the 5th.

Battlestar Galactica... Liked the original as a kid. Can see now that a lot of the stories were ripping off the bible. The remake was excellent for the first two seasons. I'd say you can skip the rest of it.
 

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Battlestar Galactica... Liked the original as a kid. Can see now that a lot of the stories were ripping off the bible.
Bible? You didn't catch the Mormon references?

Didn't read the book of Mormon until long after watching Battlestar Galactica. The bible parallels are pretty obvious. What are the Mormon references?
 

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Battlestar Galactica... Liked the original as a kid. Can see now that a lot of the stories were ripping off the bible.
Bible? You didn't catch the Mormon references?

Didn't read the book of Mormon until long after watching Battlestar Galactica. The bible parallels are pretty obvious. What are the Mormon references?

It's been a while. Probably a website with more than i remember.

The twelve tribes of Israel searching for the lost 13th in the New World.
The survivors of the 12 planets searching the 13th planet, according to ancient texts.

They had a President, supported by the council of 12.
LDS has a oresident, council of 12.

Lots of Egyptian references by Joseph Smith, lots of Egyptian references in the setting of BSG. Helmets of the Viper pilots. Couple scenes where thery walked around either Egyptian sets or a Cheesecake Factory...

BSG marriages referred to as 'sealed.' Mormon-speak.
 

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Okay, so i know if there was a murder in my house, the realtor has to mention it to prospective buyers.
If i die of natural causes (age, or kicked out of bed for farting, break my neck on the way down....) and do the tree thing, and my kid sells the house in 40 years.... Would they be required to reveal that the tree out by the mailbox used to be a guy who lived here, 2001-2026?
 

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It's been a while. Probably a website with more than i remember.

The twelve tribes of Israel searching for the lost 13th in the New World.
The survivors of the 12 planets searching the 13th planet, according to ancient texts.

They had a President, supported by the council of 12.
LDS has a oresident, council of 12.

Lots of Egyptian references by Joseph Smith, lots of Egyptian references in the setting of BSG. Helmets of the Viper pilots. Couple scenes where thery walked around either Egyptian sets or a Cheesecake Factory...

BSG marriages referred to as 'sealed.' Mormon-speak.

Interesting. I looked some up, they are a lot less noticeable than the general christian references. Like Kobal / Kolab reference.
 

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Didn't read the book of Mormon until long after watching Battlestar Galactica. The bible parallels are pretty obvious. What are the Mormon references?

It's been a while. Probably a website with more than i remember.

The twelve tribes of Israel searching for the lost 13th in the New World.
The survivors of the 12 planets searching the 13th planet, according to ancient texts.

They had a President, supported by the council of 12.
LDS has a oresident, council of 12.

Lots of Egyptian references by Joseph Smith, lots of Egyptian references in the setting of BSG. Helmets of the Viper pilots. Couple scenes where thery walked around either Egyptian sets or a Cheesecake Factory...

BSG marriages referred to as 'sealed.' Mormon-speak.

Just a centon, do the Mormons also use decimal units of time?
 

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It's more of a general vibe than a direct reference. I think for the creators of the new series, the aesthetics of the Hellenistic-coded Colonies and the Mormon-coded Cylons were something of a visual shorthand to help American TV audiences keep up with the complicated plot. Like, "Ah, the family-obsessed, outwardly wholesome but definitely creepy religious cult is fighting the creatively intelligent but hubristic fading empire. Got it." In season 4, when the lines between the two factions were becoming blurred, the religious symbolism suddenly turned decidely more Vedic than Euroamerican, for both sides. I liked the show a lot, but a trustworthy primer to world religions it was not, most of their references made very little literal sense. Greek mythology fan that I am, I kept waiting for Athena to do something wise, the Sagitterons to do something fun, etc, to no avail.

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Arghh, it's everywhere I look now, like a rickroll.

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Alternative caption - "Yes, I tried to give the pills that the vet prescribed to the cat . . . and no, none of them stayed down"

The thing I learned most about that episode is how the Vulcans, despite their superior intellect, seemed to have not mastered metallurgy. In the span of 2 minutes, both the gong and one of the combat weapons breaks.
 
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