Fans used to tune in by the millions each week to watch government agents in La Femme Nikita who would resort to unethical means (such as torturing and killing the innocent) in order to kill terrorists. Then viewers would switch to the news and watch… government agents using unethical methods to kill terrorists.

Those were the olden days, and the world is much improved now.

Each week, millions of people watch Battlestar Galactica to see what well-armed cynical religious zealots can do to an optimistic, liberal, secular, democratic, diverse religious society. Then they turn the channel and… you finish the story.

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