Battlestar Galactica’s Post-9/11 Apocalypse

  • Stephen Joyce


This chapter looks at how the emergence of complex television and the impact of 9/11 contributed to shaping a new vision of the post-apocalyptic genre, which is best seen in the landmark TV series Battlestar Galactica. Joyce first explains the technological and economic factors behind the emergence of modern serial TV dramas, which have fuelled a demand for open-ended, morally ambiguous narratives. He then examines the Bush administration’s apocalyptic framing of 9/11 and the War on Terror and argues that the post-apocalyptic genre began to construct itself as a rejection of this Manichaean apocalyptic discourse. Battlestar Galactica helped shape the post-apocalyptic genre into an open-ended, morally ambiguous genre that has proven an ideal form for transmedia storytelling.


Battlestar Galactica (BSG) Post-apocalyptic Genre Apocalyptic Discourse Moral Ambiguity Showrunner 
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  • Stephen Joyce
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  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhus CDenmark

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