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Monday, October 30, 2006

Poor Sam, Poor Gaeta, Poor Tigh . . . Poor Everyone

How frakked up is Starbuck right now? (I'm talking about Battlestar Gallactica here, just in case you wanna stop reading.) She almost killed Gaeta. Look at that idealistic face! What kind of monster would want to put that face out of an airlock? She didn't care that he made the Resistance effective and her escape from Creepy Leoben's apartment/cell possible. She just wanted to hurt someone, and he would do. Sam was right to listen to Starbuck and walk away. She's in no condition to be around other human beings, let alone people who love her, and the way the Circle/secret military tribunal used her obvious broken-ness to get the guilty vote they needed to execute Gaeta was just . . . gross.

When I realized that the secret military tribunal that airlocked Jammer and almost killed the person who should have been the biggest hero of the Resistance was legally sanctioned by President Zarek I almost threw up. And yet, when he explained his reasoning to Roslyn, that it was necessary to get rid of the worst offenders quickly, without bogging down the entire fleet in long drawn-out trials with everyone baying for blood and vengeance . . . part of me thought that made sense. I KNOW! I'm really ashamed. But that's what this show does to you. It makes you think for a few seconds that maybe suicide bombers aren't the worst idea ever, and throwing out habeas corpus maybe kinda isn't the end of the world, and then you realize what you're thinking and how icky it is and want to crawl under your I [heart] Obama quilt and suck your thumb and WAH!

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Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

As we discussed IRL, I didn't really buy Zarek's explanation because I don't see how those "trials" could satisfy people's desire for revenge.

I agree, though, poor Gaeta. I'm just glad they didn't airlock him. And poor Sam.

And poor Jammer. We barely knew ye, unless we watched the webisodes, which I have not yet done.

10/30/2006 4:37 PM  
Blogger MrMotivation said...

The show just keeps delivering SciFi at its best. Metaphoric social commentary brought to you by terrific characters and acting. Starbuck the tortured warrior is the best drama character on TV right now (even better than Mcdreamy???). The Roz amnesty awe inspired look at our flawed humans at their best. Just like when Adama called off the attack on Kane last season.

11/02/2006 4:34 PM  

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