80 – A Legal Review of Speculative Fiction

The Mythcreant Podcast

What’s that, two wild guest hosts appeared? That’s right, this week Oren is joined by Mythcreants’ top legal buffs, Elise and Jim. That means it’s time to look at some of the most famous and/or challenging legal situations in speculative fiction and see how they hold up. Have you ever wanted to know if Baltar really was guilty of treason or if the UN really has the authority to enforce the Sokovia Accords? Listen and find out!

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Battlestar Galactica: Crossroads, Part II

Battlestar Galactica: Crossroads, Part I

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Devil’s Due

US Amendment Process

Babylon 5: Passing Through Gethsemane

Eclipse Phase

Sokovia Accords from Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Correction: Scarlet Witch is a citizen of Sokovia, the Eastern European nation featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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  1. Michael

    On Battlestar Galactica Admiral Adama had said something like “I hate to admit it, but the prosecution didn’t prove their case” afterward to Lee. So he acknowledges the difference between “not guilty” and “innocent”. I think from what the show revealed though Baltar was innocent, they just couldn’t prove it. The only other witness that could confirm it was Gaeta. He lied about that under oath however because he hated Baltar for the occupation. Ironically Gaeta’s almost put to death himself by a kangaroo court before he shows that he’d actually aided the resistance as a mole.

    Ardra being possibly an imposter is actually what Picard argues, with of course this being revealed to be correct.

    It really does seem wrong that they use the mind-wiped guys as forced labor in Babylon 5. Like you said, it’s basically a new person who didn’t do anything. So they’re just slaves I think.

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