'Labels Are for Food ... Canned Food'

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 19, 2007

Dear Editor,
    I read Ron Jaeger's letter regarding the new Battlestar Galactica, and it sounded awfully familiar [“Postmarks,” Jan. 19]. In fact it sounds like he simply rewrote Dick Benedict’s (Starbuck in the original series) critique. I guess we should be grateful he didn't use the nickname Stardoe.
    It's a good show. That's all it is. I think it is one of the best and smartest things I've seen on TV in a while. I believe those that whine about the emasculation of the male characters might be worried about it happening to them on a day-to-day basis.
    Hypothetical “shortcomings” aside, one of the things I love about the show is that it showcases strong women. There's no need to label it though. Labels are for people that can't handle complex ideas. To quote Michael Stipe, "Labels are for food ... canned food."
    If you don't like Battlestar, that's cool. Don't watch it. However, don't deride it because it showcases strong women. There aren't nearly enough shows that do.
Sean Wardwell
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