So, everyone has been rescued (except those *few* who died), the family is all back together (minus one battlestar), and Roslin’s going to be president again. The happy ending is just around the corner, right? Don’t forget what show you’re watching.
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.
Our fleet has found its way back together, and at Tom Zarek’s wishes, the first order of business is dealing with the traitors, i.e. people who collaborated with the Cylons, and punishing them.
The first to die (that we see anyway) is Jammer, that somewhat stupid deckhand, who’s greatest sin was that he didn’t want people to die, that he never realized the cost of wartime. His crimes were too great to be forgiven, especially when you factor in dead children, and out the airlock he goes, executed by the core of the resistance fighters who have become the Circle, a shadowy gang of six (Anders, Tyrol, Tigh, Seelix, Barolay, Charlie Connor, played by “Sanctuary” star Ryan Robbins). Even saving Cally wasn’t enough to save him.
The Circle is Tom Zarek’s attempt to keep Roslin’s administration from having to deal with endless trials (and presumably endless executions) of collaborators, and let’s be honest, it’s a way to pass out vengeance to the people who sided with the losers in a war.
Really, how is that much different than what the Cylons did with their death warrant? They put together a list of men and women to be executed, for crimes real and imagined, had an authority figure sign off on it (the very act they will charge Baltar with down the road), and implemented their plans in the dark, away from seeing eyes. They called it justice too.
But it’s the same thing both sides have been guilty of for years: the quest for vengeance.
This will probably be the last time I write this for a while, but it’s true; Roslin is the only one who had the wisdom to see a way out of the past and toward some kind of future. She recognizes that everyone who was on that planet is guilty of something. Folks like Jammer helped kill humans who were fighting the Cylons. Folks like Tigh helped killed humans who were fighting with the Cylons.
Regardless of a side, the result was the same, and it comes down to prosecuting everyone, or prosecuting no one, and she picks the course that will let her people mourn and will also let them move on.
It’s the larger theme that Season Three is all about: finding a way to accept the past but not get trapped in bad memories.
The Cylons nursed past grudges for 40 years, keeping the anger alive long past its fresh date, then struck back at people who were kids when the original wrongs occurred. They killed 20 billion people, and it still wasn’t enough to satisfy their need for blood. They got so wrapped up in the victim label that they became the monsters they were trying to eradicate.
From here on out, both humans and Cylons are looking for the same thing, forgiveness and a new beginning, but they don’t know yet that they will only find it together.
Next up: “Torn”