Battlestar Galactica: A Disquiet Follows My Soul (extended)

We
take an extended (hehe) look at our crew, post-Earth. It’s not a fun
ride.

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.

Here
is what happens to a people without hope. Sure, they never had a lot
to begin with; Earth was always a longshot, even after they found the
map and the signposts and Starbuck came back from the dead to show
them the way.

But
it was something. “Its not enough to live; you need something to
live for.” Commander Adama said that to his future lady love in the
miniseries, and he was never more right. Earth is a lie, and now the
people have nothing to keep them going.

Everyone
has given up, e
ven Gaius Baltar, life-loving man
that he is, has given up.

Well,
almost everyone. Tom Zarek has made his play, and as much as I would
love to just dismiss him as a malcontent and a dangerous
rabble-rouser, he’s not wrong here. Adama and Roslin have used Earth
as a catch-all goal that has allowed them to stay in power and
basically do what they want with their people. For the most part, the
fleet put up with because, hey, Earth.

But
that plan failed, and Adama is still bringing his iron fist down on
people who are fed up with having no say in their destinies. Zarek,
the man of the people (fraud or not), has always been anti-Cylon -
Baltar threw him jail because he wouldn’t collaborate with the Cylons
way back on New Caprica – and he will be damned if he sees the
leadership repeat that mistake again.

Zarek’s
not the only one who learned the wrong lesson from New Caprica; Adama
also remembers the last time he (and Roslin) let the people pick
their own path, and 10,000 people died because of that choice. Adama
will be damned if he sees the leadership repeat that mistake again.
His people will do as he says, or he will threaten (and likely) kill
them until they do.

Is
there even a right choice here?

The
Admiral arrests the Vice President (!), blackmails him to get what he
wants (!!), sends a team after the tylium ship and brings them back
under armed guard (!!!). I always thought it was telling the Zarek
caved when he did, proving to me that he was the criminal I always
suspected he was, but he’s not far off when he points out the one
difference between Adama and him.

By
episode’s end, they have all made their choices, and by next episode,
even the neutral parties will have to pick sides (and many more will
die). It’s always darkest before dawn, blah blah blah. The cliches
don’t work if there’s no hope.


Stray
thoughts

  • Like
    I wrote last week, this is my first crack at the extended cuts of
    these episodes, and I have to say, so far so good. Granted, it’s
    been almost two years since I saw this episode, and I couldn’t quite
    figure out what’s new here. A good sign; the extra stuff just adds
    more texture, but since the whole episode if texture, it’s just more
    a good thing.

  • Some
    stand out scenes: Gaeta baiting Starbuck. Were those two ever
    friends, or even friendly? You certainly couldn’t tell now, and they
    two of them have been embroiled in bitterness since a certain
    airlock incident in “Collaborators.” She played right into his
    hand, but that’s my girl, doing her own thing, consequences be
    frakked.

  • Tigh
    and Caprica Six make one pair of adorable expectant parents. Sure,
    Caprica kind of wigged everybody with her talk about her baby’s
    significance (expect Cottle, that paragon of cynicism), but really,
    this is the only child Saul Tigh will ever have, even if he and his
    family created millions before. It’s a touching moment for a man who
    never thought he would walk down that road.

  • Once
    again, my beloved Chief Tyrol gets that infernal rug yanked out from
    under his life. It’s an easy fix, but I believe that Callie would
    have cheated on him; he was in love with someone else, and she knew
    it. And liquor can bring out the worst in people. But again, Tyrol
    proves to be quite a man; he gives his son to another man, and even
    sticks around to make sure the kid is cared for. Is it any wonder he
    went off by himself and founded Scotland when this kind of stuff
    just keeps happening to him?

  • I’ll
    leave the Roslin and Adama stuff alone this week. We’ve got a good
    kiss coming next week; I can wait.

Next
up: “The Oath”