If last week’s theme was “realignment,” this week on Battlestar: Galactica was about about “feelings,” primarily the attempt to access those out of reach or put aside those flooding the mind. No matter what ship upon which the action took place, this theme dominated the events upon that particular vessel.
As such, let’s look at what went down on a ship by ship basis.
Two main fronts on Galactica this week, with Lee’s first days on the Quorum and Cally’s last days on Galatica. I’d say “poor Cally,” but if an unliked character dies in the cold deep of space, does anyone care?
First, Lee. Boy just can’t help but find himself the unwitting pawn in a power struggle, can he? For him, Zarek is like the crazy ex of his that is completely nuts, but is great in bed, leaving Lee with a series of Sunday mornings in which he’s muttering, “Stupid! Stupid!” under his breath while crazy girl’s drooling on his pillow. But hey, he took’s Zarek’s bait about Roslin’s secrecy, and overcame his own feelings of inadequacy to publicly shame Roslin about a tribunal plan that seemed to come from the desk of David Yoo. I’m going to assume Roslin’s favorite Adama this week is not Lee.
On the 80% of the Final Five front, the main story this week is Tory’s embracing her Cylon destiny. Not only is she suddenly enjoying ambrosia, but a host of new things as well, primarily her own power. While Tyrol and Tigh are still fairly repusled by the discovery, Tory’s acclimating quite nicely, and may end up as the central member of the four when all is said and done.
Her murder, and let’s call a spade a spade here, murder, of Cally will obviously provoke echoes that will last until the end of the series. These might be different than the other seven models, but they still have the potential to be cold-hearted snaked. Look into their (red) eyes. They’ve been telling lies. Loved how Tory’s primary concern was rescuing the half-Cylon baby, loved her ability to smoothly lie, and love the fact that she could hit me in the mouth and make me like it. Ooops, used my out loud voice again.
The vessel given to Starbuck by Adama, primarily used as a personal painting and frakking studio by Kara Thrace. My notes about this section of the show were “that ship ain’t got no A.C.” and “I liked this better when it was Buffy Season 6.” Seriously, swap out Kara for Buffy and Anders for Spike and you pretty much had the same thing, short of Anders busting out a rendition of “Rest in Peace.” Much in the way that Buffy sought to use Spike to make her feel anything other than numb, Kara’s using Anders to shake her from her inherent numbness since returning from wherever the hell she’s been.
Loved Cavil’s assertion that those on Six’s side can take solace in their God, while those on his side are merely machines. I think it points to the fact that Cavil and Co. are openly embracing their cybernetic side in an attempt to restore order and shake off the stink of humanity that infected those who would oppose them. Cavil believes it’s as easy as flipping a switch, akin to the inhibitors placed in the Centurions loyal to his side. Six and Eight, meanwhile, feel that most human of emotions quite acutely by the end: the fear of death.
Also, Six? First thing I learned in kindergarten: the higher function inhibitors are put in Centurions for a reason. Today you have to say “please,” tomorrow it’s “Mother, may I?” and sooner rather than later, it’ll be “Please sir, may I have another?” Which might be your thing and all, but a warning all the same.
This civil war may eventually lead to a alliance between Six’s group and the Galactica, via the cult group Baltar currently leads. Seems to me that’s the road they are going down, although I’m the first to admit I have a horrible track record on predicting this show’s plot. Not the strongest episode this week, but Tory’s evolution coupled with an all-out Cylon civil war still made this an hour worth watching.