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From Ron Moore, on the serious themes in Battlestar Galactica (such as main characters on the show condoning suicide bombing):

“We get a pass on a lot of things because it’s science fiction. The religious stuff on the show, the political stuff on the show—a lot of people just don’t want to take it seriously, because it’s people in spaceships and robots running around. So a lot of the mainstream media just isn’t going to really take anything in the show seriously. Which gives us a lot of freedom to do what we want.”

Interesting how the game industry’s limitation is another man’s freedom.