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So, I finally got around to finishing the season finale of Battlestar Galactica, and…


there they are on New Caprica, and Chief starts rousing his union members with a speech that sounds oddly familiar. And I realize, Hey! That’s the speech Mario Savio gave standing on a police car during the Free Speech Movement protests. Any Cal graduate is familiar with that speech — you’ll see it at least once during your time there. And I thought, “Damn! It’s pretty cool that that speech has such resonance over such a long period of time.”

The power of well chosen words, spoken from the heart.

You can listen to it here. The passage used on BSG begins at 0:59.

  1. Oh thanks for that. I’ve heard samples of that quote various places and seen it in print, but never attributed. And when I heard the Chief saying it too… well I’m very happy to have the original context.

    Having said that, I’m still rather concerned about where exactly BSG is going now…

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