I read many recaps for this episode over the course of the weekend. That combined with hashing out the good, the bad, and the huh? with people in person (wheeee!) I debated on even posting. But you know me and ‘Galactica’, I’m unable to refrain from putting my two cents in. ;)
Now, I did realize that if I attempted to overanalyze this - trying to make sense of things that, frankly, don’t make much sense - it would be a colossal waste of my time. Either some of the huh? moments will make sense in the coming weeks or, quite possibly, Ron Moore dropped the ball on this one. Or maybe it’s because he had his hands on the ball. (Can you tell I watched football this weekend? I‘ll skip the incomplete pass analogy.) I mentioned last week that ‘Resurrection Ship’ was originally supposed to be one episode stretched to two because of production issues (contrary to RM’s current story) on a later episode. Watching the credits, I realized that the writing for RS2 is credited to Michael Rymer, who wrote Pt 1, and RM.
Here’s where I lay the blame for the scenes that made little to no sense at Ron’s feet. I came to this conclusion during the drinking scene between Kara and Cain. Maybe I’m wrong, but Michelle Forbes looks like she’s wearing a wig which, for me, is sign that this was a scene added later. If MR had moved on to other work, than writing duties would have fallen to RM. There was a heavy handedness to that scene I didn’t feel in others and subtlety is not one of Ron’s strengths. Cain’s words made it clear what was to happen later, “Some people get exactly what they deserve…Sometimes terrible things have to be done…each and everyone of us will have to face a moment where we have to commit that horrible sin and if we flinch in that moment…let our conscience get in the way.”
Also making me believe this came later in filming is that the show seems to forget that, per network request, they painted a very black and white picture of Cain in the previous episode. She slaughtered civilians. She approved of torture and rape, not as a method of gaining information, but as a sadistic means of revenge. Now we get, in my opinion, a very different Cain, one who is painted in shades of grey as she was in ’Pegasus’. Michelle Forbes fights back emotion as Cain states that her actions, her horrible sins, were for the greater good. She knows what she has become in casting her conscience aside, but it’s what she felt she *had* to do for their survival. Yes, it seemed to me she was talking about survival, not just defeating the enemy. And in pulling back at the end, canceling the bloodbath aboard the Galactica, she finds a shred of her own humanity again. While that’s great, it doesn’t really jive with what has come mere days before.
There were some very jarring character moments in this episode. As I said earlier, they could make perfect sense later on (though, I don’t feel they should have to make sense only in hindsight). Let me fawn over Jamie Bamber here (yeah, you‘re shocked, I know) and his acting. He’s always done well at conveying shifts in Lee’s emotions through subtle changes in his facial expressions, but, here, he has the incredibly difficult task of showing absolutely no emotion at all. Lee Adama has finally hit bottom. He’s empty. Did I think it possible Lee might find himself in a place where he feels totally lost and alone? Absolutely. Do I think we have sufficient reasoning for this happening now and him welcoming death? Uh, no.
Whether you choose to believe Lee was attempting suicide or simply giving up, neither makes much sense. There’s that wonderful, excruciating moment when Adama informs Lee that the assassination was the president’s idea and Lee, in an instant, conveys his dismay, hurt, and betrayal at hearing those words. Lee had risked his life and his precarious relationship with his father to back Laura and what he felt she stood for. Now he’s finding out that she’s sanctioned murder *and* he’s been left out of the loop. It’s understandable that after discovering that two of the people he is closest to have disregarded his faith in them and loyalty to them that it would leave him devastated. But given how much Lee has persevered through and knowing that Kara would be facing Cain alone without him, I don’t buy him letting go and accepting death as he did Perhaps his little speech to Kara earlier about trust - “We don’t have this than we really are no different than the cylons” - and then having his trust betrayed was meant to serve as the source of his despair, but it’s not enough.
And while I know some people hate hearing about what was said in interviews, podcasts, etc that might help to explain Lee’s state of mind, in this case, it serves to show that perhaps part of the problem is in the editing. Jamie stated in an interview that Lee becomes suicidal after believing he’s been left to die - that no one is coming to rescue him. That makes a certain amount of sense to me especially on rewatch. After the accident that separates him from the ship, he does appear to be alone and far from the battle. And there is a close up of his eyes, darting around, searching, and finding no one coming to help. Of course, what blows the ‘I’m lost in space and no one is coming to save me’ idea is Dee repeatedly calling for him over the com and Lee choosing not to respond.
One final criticism before moving on to things I think did work is the fact that Adama apparently never gave either Kara or Lee a pivotal piece of information that would have spared them so much pain and doubt that Cain ordered the execution of civilians. I don’t buy that the information was conveyed off screen. There is Lee’s statement to his father, “That’s how you resolve your differences with your superior officers?” Differences? I can’t imagine Lee using that term if he knew the truth. Nor do I think Kara would be praising Cain for doing “what she thought needed to be done” in order for Pegasus to survive. Or state that she had “one ship, no help, no hope. “
Now, for moments I liked….
Any scene, even gut wrenching ones, between Tyrol and Helo. I *really* want these two to become friends. And it would make a twisted sort of sense. Who else beside each other can understand loving a Cylon and the psychological baggage that goes along with it? At the end, I truly believe Tyrol went to Sharon’s cell to support Helo as much as to make sure Sharon was OK. And in walking away he did what he said he would, he started to let go.
Adama inviting Sharon to his quarters for a chat may have seemed odd on the surface, but I think it served, once again, to reinforce the very different mindsets of the two commanders and their crews. When Helo stated to Fisk that he was preventing the rape of a prisoner, Fisk’s response was that “You Can’t rape a machine.” Compare this with Adama asking Sharon to his quarters, offering her a drink (see the glass of water sitting on the table in front of where she sits), and referring to her (as Roslin has done) by name. Sharon is shown the respect given to an individual, a person.
The epic battle to destroy two basestars and the Resurrection Ship being completely secondary and in the background? Totally surprised me and I was extremely impressed they handled it as they did. We saw the plan mapped out last week, it really wasn’t necessary to see it played out in detail on screen. Watching it, in part, from the Lee’s POV, further strengthened that it was the personal battles that took precedence here.
Anyone else wondering if Six is gone? Baltar certainly seemed to be letting go or at least trying to let go of her. She, in turn, seemed desperate to hang on, “I know God’s plan for you. I know how to help you fulfill your destiny.” And then deeply hurt when Baltar uses her pyramid story to try to make a connection to her other self. I also find myself impressed that Baltar would work so hard to try to help someone so damaged and, in doing so, choosing to take the more difficult and dangerous path.
My feeling’s on the overall effect of Lee floating in the water are mixed. However, that final shot of him sinking below the surface, letting go, seemingly at peace, hit me emotionally in a way the space imagery did not.
I didn’t mind the kiss at the end, probably because I saw nothing romantic about it. What actually took me out of the scene was the sudden use of first names. I really like that Laura and Adama are becoming friends, I think the fleet will operate better with them on the same page, but it just seems to be happening a little too fast without a lot of issues between them having been dealt with.
I’ve seen it argued that the calling off of the assassination plots was a cop out on the part of the writers. Actually, I felt it was a way to clean up something they really hadn’t thought through. Adama sending Kara and Lee to take out Cain in a crowded, heavily armed CIC (for some reason, last week, I thought the plan involved Kara speaking to Cain alone) would have most likely ended in both their deaths. And while it’s perhaps not a good reason for me liking that Cain’s death came at the hands of Gina, Tricia was magnificent in that scene and every time she proves she’s more than a pretty face I am very happy for her.