Battlestar Gallactica

De anti’s kunnen het wel vergeten en zullen falen…..

In de verre toekomst roken dokters nog steeds: de nieuwste afleveringen van de TV-serie Ruimteschip Gallactica introduceren, heel opvallend, een rokende arts. En ook roken veel vrouwelijke piloten sigaren.

In een interview op een science fiction site verklaart een van de makers waarom hij deze populaire arts erin heeft laten zitten ondanks de aanhoudende druk van de Amerikaanse anti-rokenlobby.

“I love the smoking doctor! Does he have a name? Isn’t sickbay a little
small considering the size of Galactica?”

I love the doctor too. The character’s name is Major Cottle and I think
we’re only seeing one part of one Sickbay on the ship. It’s worth keeping in
mind that while Galactica is an enormous ship and was built to be manned by a
very large crew, that she had only a skeleton complement on board at the time of
the Cylon attack. That explains in large part why we see so few officers and why
people like Kara are pressed into service in roles other than their primary one.
There are probably several (unused) Pilot Ready Rooms aboard Galactica and
possibly other Sickbay facilities as well. Dr. Cottle is our only physician
onboard, but if she were fully staffed, Galactica would probably have a large
medical staff and would have a sizable hospital facility.

“Why does the doctor smoke?”

Because smoking is cool. Don’t let anyone tell you different,

Seriously, we’re showing people doing what people really do and not all
of their choices are smart ones. We smoke, we drink, we have sex with the wrong
partners — we make lots of bad choices and some of them we do knowingly and in
full cognizance of the risks and consequences. Dr. Cottle obviously knows the
risks associated with smoking and he elects to do it anyway — that’s his

I’m also frankly tired of all the anti-smoking p.c. crap that we’re
bombarded with these days and I decided that this was a world without all that.
Call it my one sop to the idea of an idealized society, the notion that adults
can make informed choices and not be nagged to death or run out of public spaces
for making choices that others may not like or agree with.


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