Battlestar Galactica: A Disquiet Follows My Soul

It’s official, “Battlestar Galactica” is my cocaine; it makes me happy and energized and completely OK with the world around me. We could all use more of that feeling, and hey, this method’s totally legal.

Standard warning: If you haven’t seen the show, or the most recent episode, and you care about that sort of thing, don’t click to the next page. There be spoilers, and lots of them; you’ve been warned.

My brain kind of broke after last week’s emotional rollercoaster of an episode, but this week, the writer/director Ronald D. Moore decided to slow things down and focus more on the characters and their reactions rather than directly pushing the story arcs forward.

Kudos to him; I did love last week, but it was the most depressing hour of television I think I have ever seen, and I can’t take that EVERY week. The break was good; and as someone stated on a message board I was reading, this is probably the last time we’re going to see anything approaching humor on this show, so we best enjoy it while we can.

And there’s the theme of “A Disquiet Follows My Soul.” Earth is frakked up, they don’t know where they’re going, might as well get what they can from life. The most notable example is Laura Roslin, still hiding away from ‘her’ people, still afraid to answer for what she’s done. So screw it, she says, as she gives up her cancer meds and finally, actively seeks a romantic relationship with Admiral Adama. About time (yes, I’m a shameless ‘shipper, and I don’t care).

They’ve earned their rest, and their happiness, but they can’t stay there (and they’ve convinced me even more that they’re both going to die). Dido and Aeneas were never meant to fall in love and happily-ever-after was out of the question from the get-go; as much as it pleased me to see them together, they’re both being bad leaders here.

Their people need them, especially since Vice President/former terrorist Tom Zarek is being Tom Zarek and stirring up trouble. True, he’s got a point; the leaders have failed them, are offering no answers for said failures, and are insisting that the leftover victims of genocide and oppression ally with their enemies. Yeah, that’s going to happen overnight.

One of the most fascinating points in this show is demonstrated right here. Adama is saying that he needs to make all decisions related to security of the fleet, and since the military protects the fleet, he doesn’t feel he needs to answer to the people. Zarek is saying that if their democracy is going to survive, the people (or their elected officials) need to have a voice in decisions that will affect their lives, but he’s not offering better solutions for the future. No one’s completely in the wrong, and no matter how much Zarek irritates me, if I were in that fleet, I would be on his side. Hell, I probably would have voted for Gaius Baltar too. Which irritates me, and makes me love the show all the more.

Hey, cognitive dissonance rules. And so does “Battlestar Galactica.”

And just a word about Gaeta, the broken idealist; I sense a bitter end for you, and while I love you as a character, you’ve become part of the problem. I don’t know if you’ll survive this, but I will tear up if you die, even if you’re a total crap bag now. That’s just how I roll.