Caprica, Just a Frakkin’ Excuse
I watched the original Battlestar Galactica back when Starbuck was a guy who smoked cigars. I was loyal through Galactica 1980 whose only possible redeeming quality was flying motorcycles. And I watched the most recent incarnation on SyFy and was left confused, sad, and a bit unfulfilled by the ending. So, of course, I am currently watching Caprica. It’s still early, but so far the story is interesting and the characters are intriquing. Everyone is fighting personal demons so there is plenty of emotional turmoil. There’s also a house robot/butler/security guard that is very cool. My problem is that it doesn’t feel like this show really needs to be set in the Battlestar Galactica universe, which makes me wonder…is this just an excuse to say frak?
Frak first appeared in the original series as frack but was changed so it could officially be a four letter word. It’s fantastic because you can say it and you’re swearing without really swearing. It rolls right off the tongue just like what you can’t say and although most people will look at you funny and think they didn’t quite hear you, those in the know will smile and nod. Say it, and you feel like you’ve gotten away with something that only you and your fellow geeks understand. (Face it, if you’ve ever used frak, even once, you are a geek.)
There have been plenty of scifi swear words that have made their way into the geek lexicon over the years. Frell (Farscape) was a pretty good one and you’ll still hear it at least a dozen times at your average con. And Gorram (Firefly) is still uttered by Browncoats everywhere. But as those shows fade into the past, so do their swears. Since Caprica feels like it could easily be on any generic planet of the future with any old bunch of humans, I am left with one answer as to why it’s set in the Battlestar Galactica universe. It’s all just a big frakkin’ excuse to keep the coolest scifi swear ever from fading into oblivion. You got a frakkin’ problem with that?