Battlestar Galactica: Fragged

Everybody decides to go a little bit crazy; leadership pressures begin to get to Tigh, as he starts hitting the hooch extra hard and making bad decisions left and right. Roslin’s coming down from Chamalla and people are beginning to notice her withdrawal symptoms. On Kobol, their subplot gets some resolution as Crashdown finally gives in to his demons.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

Funny story; before I saw this episode the first time, I had no idea what ‘fragging’ meant. In fact, I thought the episode was titled frakked instead, which would also have fit quite nicely. Of course, knowing what it meant probably have ruined one of the episode’s surprises; ignorance really is bliss.

Last couple of entries, I’ve been giving the second stringers in charge a bit of a break, because looking at the stories again, Tigh and Crashdown really were doing the best they could, which is all any of us can do. However, my kindness has reached its limit here.

Tigh is a great man in a pinch. In the middle of a battle, or an occupation (as we’ll see later), he’s awesome, but in *peacetime,* he’s a wreck. He’s nervous, paranoid, unsure of himself and much too inclined to drink his troubles away. He needs everything to go his way, and if not, out those interlopers (and democracy) go.

We can never know what *might* have happened, but to be fair to Tigh, I can’t imagine what Adama would have done differently. Adama created this situation to begin with, and I think with enough time and perspective, he would have eventually put Roslin back in charge of the civilians, if for no other reason than to get them off his back. But before that happened, who’s to say he wouldn’t have declared martial law too? Adama is a great leader, but even he didn’t have to deal with the civilian-leadership headache.

Of course, Roslin has her own problems, and miraculously enough, her own solutions. The men in charge have canceled her presidency, thrown her in jail, (unknowingly) deprived her of medication, but the lady still manages to win the day thanks to her supporters. You can’t keep a good prophet down, and while she believes what she believes (she’s reckless, not a hypocrite), her shameless manipulation of her people is something that will come to haunt her down the road. You can only visit so many times before it’s dry…

Crashdown, in a lot of ways, is like Tigh without the experience (or the hooch); he can’t see any way out for the stranded crew on Kobol, but he will be damned if he listens to a voice other than his own. He refuses to listen, and rather than change the plan, he threatens to kill one of his soldiers. His death his tragic, but he needed to be taken out of command. I usually don’t come down on the side of murder, but this is what this show does to me. (And yes, that makes me love it even more).

But, there is something of a happy ending for Crashdown; he will be remembered well. Yes, Baltar was selfish and thinking of himself when he shot Crashdown, but the story will live on that Crashdown died a hero, trying to save his friends, rather than the truth. The stranded crew saved him, and they saved themselves.

Everybody wins.

Next up: “Resistance”