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Battlestar Galactica invades Dilbert

by Kevin Kelly, posted Dec 8th 2006 7:38PM
Click for Dilbert's BSG-ism!Everyone's favorite swear words get the sci-fi treatment on television so they can sidestep around the censors. On Farscape we had "frell," Battlestar Galactica has "frack," and Firefly gave us a whole slew of Chinese swear words like "tzae gao" and "ta ma de." Bilngual swearing, FTW! You know a sci-fi swearism has reached the mainstream when it's being used by a character in Scott Adams' "Dilbert" strip.

Although, come to think of it ... I'm not even sure if Captain Kirk ever said "damn." One thing is for sure, I'd really like to see Spock bust out the f-word. Just once. You know he got fed up with McCoy at some point, broke all of his Vulcan training and cold logic and just let him have it. Plus, while we're on this rant, why didn't anyone ever tell Doctor Smith to shut the f*ck up on Lost in Space? The guy earned it, for sure.

Now we can get onto the real conspiracy: is Dilbert a Cylon? Maybe he's the only human left, and everyone around him is a Cylon. We may never know the true story.

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The Jeremy

Smeg off. Smeggin' this and that.

*Red Dwarf* was a classic. Maybe BBCA will pick it up now that they seem to be embracing the British scifi genre currently.

December 11 2006 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How could you omit "smeg" from Red Dwarf?!

December 09 2006 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sherman Rice

I always thought (even back to the original BSG) that it was spelled "frak" for some reason...

December 09 2006 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

I can't say for certain in which episode it happened, but Captain Picard muttered "Merde" when confronted with an extraordinary problem - like the full force of the Borg, perhaps....

December 09 2006 at 4:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

I dont recall Spock actually saying fuck in Star Trek 4. A few other metaphors sure but not fuck.
A scan of the script here
shows that the only fuck in the film is by one of the garbage men in Golden Gate park.

December 09 2006 at 3:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Spock did say the "F" word: in Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home. In fact, he Kirk and McCoy swear up a storm . . .

December 09 2006 at 2:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Besides, Veronica Mars has been having fun with "frack" all season.

And why hasn't the Dilbert cartoon series returned the way that Family Guy did?


December 09 2006 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich Keller

Kirk did say hell, I believe, at the very end of the 'City on the Edge of Forever' episode of the original series. It was something like 'let's get the hell out of here'.

December 08 2006 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Well Double Dumbass on YOU!!"

-Kirk, Star Trek IV

December 08 2006 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kirk might or might not have said 'damn', but McCoy cursed Spock's 'Damn Vulcan logic' quite regularly. And 'Damn it, Jim, I'm a Doctor, not an Escalator' type quotes.

And of course, who can forget Spock's use of colorful metaphors in Star Trek IV.

December 08 2006 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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