Yes, you read that right.

Just how many shows do you watch that make such a statement on social issues that a United Nations panel is convened to talk about those very issues?  As far as I can tell, just one.  Battlestar Galactica.

Yes, that’s pretty cool, and that is what is going to happen on March 17th at 7 p.m. in the United Nations in New York.

After 4 harrowing seasons of Battlestar Galactica, the show has touched on many social issues that can be considered some of the grittier, darker issues of humanity.  Along the way, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick touched on some of our basic fears, hopes and visions we may all secretly hold somewhere deep down inside.

Aside from all the angles the show looked at, more specifically, the UN panel will be talking about war, faith and morality and how they’ve been presented in the show.

The show has handled these issues in a dark and depressing fashion, and yet delivered the plot in such a way that made it interesting and riveting…  a part of which I think is why the show has been such a hit.

The “Battlestar” U.N. panel will consist of executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, with cast members Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin) and Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama).

With the creative personnel of the show, other panel members include UN representatives Radhika Coomaraswamy, special rep of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Craig Mokhiber, deputy director of the New York office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Robert Orr, assistant secretary-general for policy planning, executive office of the Secretary-General.

Of all folks that could possibly host this event, the moderator will be one of the biggest fan-persons of sci-fi, Whoopi Goldberg. She always manages to squeeze in on the big sci-fi shows of the time.  I wish I had that kind of pull with the shows I like!

If you must, it’s being reported that there will be a transcript of the panel available on Sci-Fi when it becomes publicly available.  There was no date noted for that release.

Side note:  I get a kick out of a small reference as to how the 4 seasons of BSG started 6 years ago…  what a subtle snarky statement about how Sci-Fi handled one of its flagship shows.

Source: Chicago Tribune