Ron D. Moore is not only one of the best writers in TV since Rod Serling, and I have to admit appreciating his willingness to buck the P.C. status quo:
“Why does the doctor smoke?”
Because smoking is cool. Don’t let anyone tell you different, kid.
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 choice.
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.
Battlestar Galactica has consistantly been one of the best written shows on TV, and the fact that Moore has the balls to deal with such issues is one of the biggest reasons why. Thankfully the show is getting a second season — it deserves it. It also deserves to sweep the Emmys – between Moore’s writing, the excellent special effects by Zoic Studies, the incredible acting (notably Oscar nominees Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell both giving excellent performances and newcomer Katee Sackhoff reinventing the SF heroine), as well as the production values and general quality of the show.