- Metaphysics of Science Fiction
- Star Trek
- Doctor Who
- Battlestar Galactica
- Star Wars
Chris's post on Battlestar Galactica is also very interesting, and he briefly looks at the original 1979 series, which was heavily influenced by Mormonism, before launching into a study of the show's 2003 re-make. I absolutely loved BSG and think it did a really good job of presenting a fairly balanced look at religious themes in a science fictional setting. I also loved the rather bold ending of the series, which, as Chris notes, came as quite a shock to many viewers:
Religiously-minded individuals were stunned at these metaphysical concessions to the idea of something beyond materialism, while anti-religious atheists were up in arms in the indignant edges of the blogosphere – even though, quite frankly, prophecy and mystical dreams had played an integral part of the storyline from the beginning and something preternatural was certainly required to account for this. It was another of those not-so-rare cases of the dogmatic-corners of the atheist community behaving like a fundamentalist religious subculture – a few angry individuals decrying a story because it did not concord with their personal metaphysical beliefs.With the range of ideas that get discussed throughout the series, Chris attributes Ronald D. Moore and David Eick with creating a "brilliantly ambiguous mythology", one which I thoroughly enjoyed trying to decrypt as I watched the show fanatically during its run.