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Beans in space

Dear Battlestar Galactica fans:

Do legumes play any role in this show?

(I swear, this is not a totally gratuitous question. It was, oddly enough, inspired by a work of historiography I am currently reading. But, not having seen the series, I don't know if history might constitute any hint of spoiler in this case. Or perhaps there are no beans.)

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tammabanana
Sep. 25th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
There's a steak and possibly green beans (is a green bean a legume?) in one of the many Starbuck-kills-a-Leoben scenes, but the beans(?) are just there to decorate the steak and its associated knife.

Can't think of any other instances, though. BSG was heavier on beverages than on foods, except for the episodes where the writers decided the fleet needed to be in danger of running out of food. I wouldn't be surprised if beans popped up then, but don't specifically recall them.
tammabanana
Sep. 25th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
I am wrong: it's a spinach salad, not green beans.
owlfish
Sep. 25th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! (Especially for your diligence in checking.)

Beverages tend to be better social vehicles: they don't tie up the mouth as long in conversational-based interactions.
curtana
Sep. 25th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
The list on the BSG Wiki, Life Forms of the 12 Colonies, mentions beans. Helo says in the episode The Hand of God "You hungry? I don't know, what do we got? Peanut butter... baked beans, corn. How about some chili?"

Edited at 2010-09-25 01:36 am (UTC)
owlfish
Sep. 25th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
How useful you are to know the right resources to find!

So yes: but not in any major or terribly symbolic ways. (I've been reading about Cylon, the historical figure who may have killed Pythagoras. The story involves P going around a field of beans since they were holy, and C. and his followers trampling the beans to kill P.)
ext_266289
Sep. 25th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
The BSG Episode 'The Passage' seems to be the major food related episode. Some behinds the scenes stuff from the writers says that what was really going on is that their cloned meat growing plant got contaminated... so to get protein they have to harvest some algea and 'process' it.. which to my mind seems like using soy to create tofu.
owlfish
Sep. 25th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Interesting. It's a relatively common trope in space travel shows, but it does bring in vegetarianism; but given the lack of bean references, I probably shouldn't make too much of it.
rhube
Sep. 25th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
I don't remember a single instance of beans, I'm afraid.
owlfish
Sep. 25th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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