Safety or Play? Why Battlestar Galactica Picked Play

Battlestar Galactica

“We still are attracted to things that scare us and that represent the possibility for failure. Which is hopefully a good thing because oftentimes you get into a comfort zone of a show doing well, like this one has begun to, and you stop doing that. And we’re not, for better or for worse.”

-David Eick, Executive Producer and Writer of Battlestar Galactica

In the last episode of Season Two of Battlestar Galactica (the newer one) the storyline change radically. Mid-episode it became a year later. Every major character was changed in a major way. It was so shocking to me that I listened to the executive producers’ commentary on the last episode. I heard the above quote in the commentary. I haven’t started watching the third season, so I don’t know if this crazy leap will work or not. But it’s exciting to see artists with a lot of money on the line take that risk.

Part of what makes play so exciting is the mystery of the unknown ending. We watch (and participate in) sports because one team will win and one will fail and we don’t know how it will end. When we do, we often lose interest.

When success happens – and it happens to all of us – it’s tempting to pick safety and repeat what worked. By the end of Season Two, Battlestar Galactica was getting great reviews from unlikely places like Rolling Stone and the New Yorker. They were finally successful. I’m sure it was tempting to play it safe and keep everyone on ships through space, endlessly being followed by the evil cylons.

But they didn’t. They chose to play. They went with something that was scary, that had the possibility of failure. They left their comfort zone and stayed true to the theme of a quest. And in a way mirrored their storyline in real life.

You and I have a choice today. We can play it safe or we can play our work and our life in a fresh, new way. Play is scary, unknown and has the possibility of failure. It’ll always be scary, always. The presence of fear is a good indication that we’re about to play. Fear isn’t to be followed, but it’s helpful to notice that it indicates that now we’re committing ourselves. Now’s there’s some risk. Now the outcome is unknown. Now we’re alive and playing.

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