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Battlestar Galactica (“Dirty Hands”) [2007]

24 Jan

42m; U.S.

Director: Wayne Rose

Cast: Aaron Douglas, Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell 

Synopsis: Battlestar Galactica ran for four seasons on the SyFy network and is considered by many the best science-fiction television program yet created.  Focusing on a fleet of human survivors from a mass genocide, the program explored all manner of personal and political issues.  Among those was labor – in this episode from the third season one of the main characters restarts a union by becoming the leader of a strike on a mining ship.  “Dirty Hands” explores several facets of labor, most interestingly how unions navigate their relationship to the government and their role in promoting social mobility.

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