Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Caprica, Just a Frakkin' Excuse
Frak first appeared in the original series as frack but was changed so it could officially be a four letter word. It's fantastic because you can say it and you're swearing without really swearing. It rolls right off the tongue just like what you can't say and although most people will look at you funny and think they didn't quite hear you, those in the know will smile and nod. Say it, and you feel like you've gotten away with something that only you and your fellow geeks understand. (Face it, if you've ever used frak, even once, you are a geek.)
There have been plenty of scifi swear words that have made their way into the geek lexicon over the years. Frell (Farscape) was a pretty good one and you'll still hear it at least a dozen times at your average con. And Gorram (Firefly) is still uttered by Browncoats everywhere. But as those shows fade into the past, so do their swears. Since Caprica feels like it could easily be on any generic planet of the future with any old bunch of humans, I am left with one answer as to why it's set in the Battlestar Galactica universe. It's all just a big frakkin' excuse to keep the coolest scifi swear ever from fading into oblivion. You got a frakkin' problem with that?