I've recently gotten sucked into "Caprica," the prequel series to "Battlestar Galactica" airing on the SyFy Channel. (Yes, this is about sex -- hear me out.) I hadn't planned to put yet another hour-long drama on my TV schedule, and Loki knows I don't have time for it; but I watched fifteen minutes of the pilot when I was channel surfing, and I got hooked. I'm such a slut. Give me a complex, thoughtful, nuanced exploration of consciousness and selfhood, and I'm anybody's.
And the show has had some surprising plot developments in the sexual arena -- developments that were all the more surprising for how unceremoniously they were introduced.
A quick precis, for those who aren't familiar: The weekly science fiction TV series, "Caprica," takes place in a world that's eerily parallel to Earth. But the world has some interesting differences from ours, and at the time this story takes place, they're a few years/ decades ahead of us. Technologically, and socially.
And "socially" is where the sex comes in. (Caution: Spoiler alert. Multiple spoilers. Suck it up.) There's a major gay character in "Caprica," and there's a major polyamorous character. And the way these characters and their sexualities get woven into the story shows a huge leap forward in the way our culture has started to view alternative sexualities... and an enormous leap forward in how we view our sexual future.
Thus begins my new piece on the Blowfish Blog, Gay Mafiosi and Group Marriage Monotheists: Sex, "Caprica," and a Changing World. To read more about the gay and polyamorous characters in "Caprica," and what I think they reveal about our own non-Cylon-infested world, read the rest of the piece. (And if you're inspired to comment here, please consider cross-posting your comment to the Blowfish Blog -- they like comments there, too.) Enjoy!