Review Of Battlestar Galactica “Occupation” Episode

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The idea of suicide bombers plays out in multiple ways in the media. That is you can turn on the news and hear the late night news on the war on Iran. I can recall many headlines stating "another suicide bombing occurred today just out of twelve were left dead after a reported suicide bomber."

I know for me that when I hear the term "suicide bomber" I am not quick to feel pity for the person who blew themselves up, in fact I am mad and concerned for someone's lack of concern for their life as well as the lives of others. In the "Occupation" from the series "Battlestar Galactica" the idea behind suicide bombers arises and in its portrayal leads me to see bombers in a different more understanding light.

I am not an avid watcher of the show so to completely understand the plots that were taking place between certain characters and references to prior events in the series made no sense to me.

However, from what I gather from the episode the Cylons are bad and have taken over a New Caprica for about 134 days. Three of these humans are shown as conspiring with an informant from the Cylons in order to blow up a graduation ceremony that was supposed to be attended by the leader of the Cylons Baltar.

We are introduced to Duck, who has lost the love of hi s life and agrees to be the human bomb at his graduation. Watching the episode you begging to feel compassion for Duck as well as the other captives who are being held inhumanly during the War that is taking place around them. You also learn that the graduation being held is for humans who have decided to work as police for the enemy the Cylons. All this seems to be alluded to events in our own culture that reoccurring between us with the war with Iraq. Just as those killing others in Iraq.

When I reflect upon into now I see that these bombers are not merely destroying these buildings and themselves for nothing, although that's what it seems like through the way Duck sacrificed himself regardless of the fact that Baltar would not even be attending the ceremony. He ended up killing his own kind, who were traders and provided act of rebellion against the Cylon forces, however it is one that is meaningless.

So, basically his death served no actual purpose. This causes me to pity the fictional Duck s well as the non fictional suicide bombers in Iran. For they are doing this and getting no real gain from it. It leads you to wonder then why? Why are these people sacrificing their lives? All I could think is that it is for the stance that he believes in.

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