I still have hope for Battlestar Galactica, but we are really on the verge of having to give these writers a little bit of an intervention. This show was good because it was different, and now it is really indistinguishable from any number of other programs out there. The writers try and make every episode seem profound and moving, but forget that every once and a while we are just looking for a little entertainment. It’s been so long since we’ve had any hot robot sex, I have almost forgotten why the hell I got hooked on this shit in the first place. There was a time where I would take the ridicule of watching the SciFi channel and laugh that people were missing out on a good show. Now, I am sort of embarrassed that I have managed to stick around this long. Things have become so bad, I am starting to wonder if they should bring back Earth 2.OK, maybe that Earth 2 comment is a little bit of an exaggeration, but there are some problems with BSG. I am pretty sure that I don’t like any character that is on this show right now. I guess I kind of still like Sharon, because there is a whole resurrection ship full of her copies out there somewhere, and you can’t complain about that. And how can I forget how great Gina looked in her glasses with the hair pulled back? But the humans? Forget about it! Say that Earth really is the location of the thirteen colonies. If these asswipes came right now, wouldn’t you want to call the Cylons to get rid of them?
But let’s not talk about the thirteenth colony, because the writers never do, and I guess there are a few certain logistics problems that they have to take care of. The show is called Battlestar Galactica, not Battlestar Galactica and Pegasus, so something is going to have to be done about this other boat. I don’t think it is going to last the entire season, if only because the commanding officers are killed so often, we’ll begin to run out of people in a few weeks. Although I do love how they call Pegasus the beast and refer to Galactica as the bucket. Quite fitting names, don’t you think?
Currently, Admiral Adama has an engineer in charge of Pegasus, Commander Garner. Although they never showed this happen in previous episodes, they kind of wedged it in to the “Previously, on Battlestar Galactica” segment to start the show. The new Commander is having some problems with, take a guess, Starbuck. She had been sent to Pegasus to help with some training missions. Apparently, she is bucking authority and pissing off the commanding officer. It may not sound so shocking to us, but Admiral Adama decides to send his son to oversee things and make sure they are running smoothly.
After he is finished having sex with Dee (I hope they both get herpes from one of the hookers Lee sleeps around with), Major Lee Adama heads over to Pegasus. That’s right; Adama used to be a captain, but is now a major. He showed such great leadership in, uh, umm, getting shot, that I guess his father wanted to set an example. Apollo gets to Pegasus just in time to find out that two Raptors have been lost. Commander Garner blames Starbuck for running a shoddy training program; Starbuck blames Garner because he is paranoid and told the crew not to talk about problems on Pegasus to outside officers. Now that he is a Major, Lee has to show some leadership, so he gets everybody together and tells them to “think outside the box.” Thinking outside the box has become so ordinary that if somebody says think outside the box, you are probably going to be firmly inside the box for quite a while, but the Pegasus crew, led by Starbuck, starts to brainstorm.
If that isn’t gripping you enough, we also have some political intrigue. In another flashback to a scene we never actually saw before, Gina tells Gaius that he has to run for President in the upcoming election. That’s right, there is an election. When Zarek was rattling the cages (and I say that literally since he was in jail at the time), she promised preliminary elections, with subsequent elections in one year. She was dying of cancer at the time, and without the Cylon fetal blood, she was never going to make it long enough to worry about such things.
Roslin, who has a new super assistant Tori, enjoys a very favorable rating. The military backs her, and all her salvation talk got the religious types from Gemnon behind her as well. She has guns, she has god, and that is all she needs. But like I said before, there is an alternative choice, and that is Dr. Baltar, who for some reason had turned the settings on the “British-ness” dial from Gwyneth Paltrow to Margaret Thatcher. Tom Zarek, who failed at his bid to take over the government, wants to work with Gaius. I am sure that he has dreams of running a puppet regime while Gaius is having daydreams of sex with Six. Zarek knows that Dr. Baltar will appeal to the people who crave science over religious fanaticism.
So it comes down to faith vs. science? So far, faith is kicking science’s ass. The prophecies that Roslin believed may have been fanatical, but hey, we saw the results with our own eyes. I wouldn’t mind trying a little more faith if I was the fleet. So if science is going to prevail, we are going to have a wedge issue to divide people somehow. Hmmm, I know, how about abortion!
In the early part of the episode the crew of Galactica found a stowaway. It was a pregnant girl who wanted an abortion. Abortion was legal in the colonies, so there is no reason why it shouldn’t be legal now. In fact, Dr. Cottel has been performing a lot of them. He doesn’t ask questions normally, but this girl is from Gemnon, where their religion says that abortion is forbidden. Roslin has always been about a woman’s right to her body, but she can’t lose the support of the Gemnon faction because of its importance to her campaign.
Personally, I am kind of disappointed that humans have figured out how to travel faster than the speed of light, but still haven’t advanced birth control that much. OK, I guess if I learned the planet was being nuked, I would decide to leave before securing a couple years supply of the pill, but whatever the case, there is a bigger issue at stake here. The population of the fleet is slowly going down. People are going to need to have babies if they even want to sustain their current population. Is it wise to terminate any pregnancies when the survival of your race literally depends on that baby coming out with a push and not a suck? Maybe it’s something to think about. Roslin decides to get some numbers from Gaius, who projects that humans will be extinct in 18 years at the current pace.
Commander Garner is determined to get his raptor pilots back, and time is running out. They will run out of air soon, and because there is so much interference with the electronics they just can’t radio back for help. The Pegasus catches a break and another Raptor team picks up on a distress signal. The problem with this is that there is a theory the first two Raptor teams were fooled by a distress signal. Major Adama tells that to Commander Garner, but Commander Garner knows that it was Starbuck who came up with that idea, and I guess he thinks she is trying to prevent him from rescuing some of his pilots so he’ll look bad. Major Adama and Admiral Adama believe that it could be a trap (especially after Sharon told us last week the Cylons liked to set traps where the sensors have problems), and want to send a team of Raptors to investigate, but Garner wants to send Pegasus.
Since the Pegasus crew doesn’t trust anybody from Galactica, Garner has no problem giving the order to have Pegasus jump to the location of the distress signal and even sends Lee to his quarters with a Marine escort. But soon, Garner has bigger problems on his hands. After they jump, they find the two downed Raptors, but there is nothing bud dead bodies inside. And not one, not two, but three Cylon basestars just jumped into the area, and almost immediately, they start dishing out the nukes. The Cylons must have been really happy to get some revenge on the humans for destroying the resurrection ship. The FTL engines are down on the Pegasus, meaning they can’t just jump out of there, and they are just taking a pounding. I can just imagine some Cylon admiral on one of the basestars slamming on the button to fire the nukes and screaming “THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUCK A STRANGER IN THE ASS. DO YOU SEE?! DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUCK A STRANGER IN THE ASS!?” but there won’t be any fat Samoan guy running out of the Pegasus saying that they’ve got the wrong guy.
Like I said, Garner used to be the head engineer, and he is trying to give his boys instructions on how to get things running, but there is too much confusion. He has to get down there himself if anything is going to happen. By this time, Apollo had made it back to the commander center and since there are more important matters to attend to, and Apollo knows more about space battles than Garner, Major Adama takes control of the bridge. He is kind of freaked out at first, but he starts to find his groove. With Starbuck and the rest of the Vipers in support, they are able to take out one of the basestars, but they will still need a miracle in engineering if they are going to make it out alive.
Now, the rest of this sequence was almost painful to watch. OK, I guess I have been down on this show awhile, but was there anybody who was watching this who didn’t realize that Garner was going to sacrifice himself to save the rest of his crew? And the way in which he did it, having to move into an engine compartment and turn the handles of some coolant valves, I thought I was in the middle of a Star Trek movie. As a friend of mine said, the only thing that was missing was Garner, fighting of the protests of the people who told him it would be too dangerous, calmly saying “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” I remember the last time John Heard sacrificed himself for the good of mankind in that wonderful thriller Locusts, and it wasn’t much more enjoyable the second time around.
With Garner’s help, Pegasus is able to jump back to safety. Admiral Adama briefs his son on what happened, and for some reason, Lee is sort of defending Garner and his decision-making. I mean, you don’t want to dishonor the dead, and I am sure that Starbuck was a little overzealous in her criticisms, but you should gloss over when somebody messed up that badly. Garner’s problem? He was used to working with machines, and command is about people. And after hearing those words of wisdom, Admiral Adama keeps the nepotism going by making his son Commander of the Pegasus. I mean, he sort of deserved it because of how he got those people out of trouble, and maybe they will respect him for it, Apollo seems more and more like a spoiled kid every week. I guess he’ll have some chances to prove himself wrong.
After leaning of his promotion, Starbuck sort of apologizes to Lee. They had been in a big argument when he said that he was sick of cleaning up her messes. She said she was sick of him kissing ass all the time and whining about how hard his life was with all of the hookers and the promotions. Then he said his life was really hard after he was shot, which really shuts Kara up, but I have to say, at least he doesn’t have that mammoth scar that his father had after being shot. Kara was more than a bit jealous of Apollo and Dee, but she seemed happy. At least she got to go back to Galactica. She can let Lee deal with the idiots on the Pegasus from now on.
It was a tough decision for Roslin, but she decided that she must ban abortions throughout the fleet. Any person having an abortion or helping aid an abortion will be prosecuted. I guess that means that black market RU-486 is going to go at a premium now. Roslin made the decision because of a simple numbers game, but a lot of the fleet is not going to see it that way. It’s going to look like she was pandering to her Gemnon friends to gain their support. I really don’t want to get into this issue, but whatever you think about abortion on moral grounds, I think that banning abortion only for the reason of keeping the species alive is a bad idea. They have some time to try other methods of encouraging population growth, don’t you think? Are they going to ban birth control next? Perhaps force women in the military in non-combat roles to have kids? You know who else was forcing humans to grow babies against their will? THE CYLONS!
Gaius gave Roslin the numbers, but he knows that this is the perfect time to make his run for the presidency. He understands that the decision was made in good faith, but he says that anytime you take away our liberties, you make us more like the Cylons. Quite ironic that he would be running on this platform considering he loves a Cylon, or really two Cylons if you count the one in his head. It was a riff on the old “Those that would give away liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty or security” that likes to get thrown around these days. Whatever the case, it looks like President Roslin has a new battle on her hands.
What did you think of this episode? Does Lee deserve Command of Pegasus? Is Gaius a threat to Roslin’s election hopes? Are these idiots even worth saving anymore?