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Old 03-12-2009, 10:51 AM
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Battlestar Galactica - All Along The Watchtower

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Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower is interwoven into the plot of the reimagined science fiction series Battlestar Galactica. It has "appeared" as sound bites and in partial lyrics spoken by the characters. It is even used as the trigger that wakes some characters to their true Cylon nature.

Will this song play a key plot or figurative element in the culmination of the series, or is it just a cool song that the creator liked? Since the characters interact with the song, does this mean these people are in our future where a Bob Dylan song is a forgotten memory? Or are the bits and pieces just the product of a character in the series?

The last 3 hours of the series are approaching. What does the song mean to you in the Battlestar Galactica universe?
Old 03-12-2009, 11:05 AM
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The lyrics and one meaning parallel humanity's journey in the search for the value of life. Baltar would be the Joker feeling confused with no one knowing what any of his work is worth. The Cylons thinking "There are many here among us / Who feel that life is but a joke". The storm is approaching and the old and new ways are coming to a head.
Old 03-18-2009, 03:17 PM
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HELLO, Hello, Hello? Is anyone THERE, There, There?
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:36 PM
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There's a TON of information on the topic at Bear McCreary's blog. He's BSG's music guy and had a series of three posts about "Someone To Watch Over Me" (the one with Kara & the piano man).
Old 03-19-2009, 08:33 AM
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Those posts of Bear McCreary's are great. In terms of the show, what mythical and symbolic meanings does anyone see?

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