You have to love a TV show that can come up with it’s own curse word so they can use it without fear of FCC fines. For those of you unfamiliar with “frak”, it is the curse word of choice on the new Battlestar Galactica series. It can take on several different meanings, but it is almost always the equivalent of “f*ck”. Isn’t it amazing how silly language can be? Doesn’t this just go to show that words only have as much power as we choose to give them an this is all arbitrary? Sure, “frak” is a made up word, but it is clearly taking the place of that “naughty” word, so shouldn’t it be just as offensive? Changing 2 letters though makes it ok. Seems kinda silly to me.
Speaking of Battlestar Galactica though, why aren’t you watching this show? With the recent cancellation of Deadwood (DAMN YOU HBO!), Galactica has quickly become my favorite show. Yes, it was already number 2, but it’s now number 1. If you avoid it because of it’s sci-fi theme, that’s just silly because it is far more about the nature of humanity than it is about ships zooming through space. It raises all sorts of questions about our morality and what it is that makes someone “human”. Check it out. Season 1, Season 2, and Season 2.5 are out on DVD, Season 3 just started last week.