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ROUNDTABLE: Your Own Private Battlestar

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Welcome to the Republibot Roundtable, the feature in which people you’ve never heard of (Like me!) discuss things you don’t care about! (Like Battlestar Galactica). Our guests today are MOATMAI, a German reporter and cartoonist; Neorandomizer, a frequent contributing writer to our site, and of course our old buddy Church, who occasionally contributes reviews. Thanks for being here, guys! QUESTION # 1:

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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION #8: Science Fiction Politics

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Today we’re going to be discussing the different ways Science Fiction typically portrays politics, and as such we’ve invited one of our new friends from the Thredonia website - Kit - to take part in addition to our normal rogues gallery.

KIT:
Its a pleasure being here.

REPUBLIBOT 3.0”
Also, say hello to Kit, Burt Cottage, Chip Haynes, and Deadpan. Guys, thank you for being with us!

BURT COTTAGE:
Thank you for inviting me to take part when it seems clear I have the smallest frame of reference for the topic of anyone involved.

CHIP HAYNES:
Hey, guys.

DEADPAN:

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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION # 6: Christian Science Fiction.

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Republibot is *not* a religious site, however as sites like IO9 and The Friendly Atheist and a zillion others have pointed out, there are several Christian groups trying to crack in to the whole “Science Fiction” thing with books and movies and TV shows and whatnot. Most of these commentators are aghast at the concept, and a few of them are frankly apoplectic about it. That kind of reaction always seems like a fertile ground for discussion.

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Roundtable Discussion #5: A first chance to make a last impression - the Galactica series finale (Spoilers Galore)

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Republibot 3.0:
Ok, let’s strike while the iron is still relatively hot here. Who here saw the finale? I did. Who else?

Charlie:
I saw it Saturday morning on DVR.

Deadpan:
I saw it, too.

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I saw the last 2/3rds. Or Part II, or whatever it was.

Republibot 3.0:

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Roundtable Discussion # 4: "Lost" and Philosophy,

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Today we're going to talk about the various philosopical influences of the most popular Science Fiction show on TV today, "Lost." There have been a number of philosophical references in the run of the show, generally rather overt: Locke acts more or less according to the dictates of Locke the philosopher; Rousseau is a wild-woman in hommage to the noble-savage-derived philosophy of her namesake; Hume and others have made appearances, again at least recognizably riffing off of some aspect of their namesakes. What do you feel this all means?

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Roundtable Discussion #3: What Makes a Good Superhero Show?

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Republibot 2.0 says:
What makes a 'good' superhero show?

Republibot 1.0 says:
Interestingly enough, speaking of good superhero shows, I was just watching this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvNLlwkwP64&feature=rec-HM-fresh+div
it epitomizes what makes a good superhero show

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Roundtable Discussion #1: So what is Science Fiction, anyway?

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Theoretically, the Republibot website is all about asking questions, and following them through to the answers, whether we like the ones we get or not. Sometimes the questions are big and lofty like “What is the nature of the good?” and sometimes of less abstract value, like “Are The Flintstones a ripoff of The Honeymooners?” Either way, though, the truth will win out in the end. For this reason – and also because it’s really easy to do, and fills up a lot of space quickly – we here at REPUBLIBOT present: The Roundtable!

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