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BSG: Blood on the Scales

I hope next week they let us catch our breaths.

(FYI, I mention something about the promo for next weeks ep at the very end of the post.)

"The truth is told by whoever is left standing."- Tom Zarek

What will be Tom Zarek’s truth? Will he have died a martyr in the fight for humanity’s freedom? Or will he have died the power hungry murderer? Will Gaeta be remembered as the man who risked his life to save lives on New Caprica? Or will he be the embittered man who allowed innocent people to be gun downed as he sought personal vengeance? Then there are numerous co-conspirators still alive, still left standing. What will their stories be? Do they still have the chance to rewrite their stories?

I should want Narcho dead. I should want him facing a firing squad. He fired on the raptor carrying the president, one of my beloved characters. And he had every intention of following through with Gaeta’s orders to execute Adama. Yet, I’m very happy he is alive. Maybe I’m just swimming in the shallow end of the pool on this one – he’s too damn pretty to die. Or maybe we need to see the fallout in the fleet for those that followed Zarek and Gaeta and Narcho might as well be one to tell that story.

There should be more executions, but it’s probably not practical. How many pilots were involved? And Cavil and his group of Cylons are still out there, threatening to attack. But how do Narcho, Racetrack, Gage, and numerous others resume their roles? They won’t be trusted and many of their comrades may welcome seeing them get blown away or have an ‘accident’.

Kelly poses a particular problem. Knowing how Adama likes to reward loyalty he could forgive Kelly and reinstate him. But Kelly had been imprisoned for murder. But is Kelly still a threat to the crew or even the Cylons? I think the answer is no. Kelly hates the Cylons as much as his fellow mutineers, yet his actions have been motivated by the betrayals of his fellow humans. Baltar didn’t deserve a trial because he aided the Cylons at the cost of human lives. To his mind, Adama was going down that same road. Witnessing the murder of the Quorum by Zarek was a turning point. They died, not for siding with the Cylons, but because they wouldn’t acknowledge Zarek as the president. Kelly did nothing to stop it. Not that he could. He would have been killed along with them and would not have been able to aid Adama and help take back the ship. And isn’t that what Baltar did? Watched others die, bore the burden of that, in order that not everyone on New Caprica die?

As for letting Tyrol, a Cylon, go, Tyrol was a friend and he values personal relationships. One of the reasons he turned to murder was because he could no longer take sending his people, his friends, to their deaths. And in ‘The Son Also Rises’ he made it clear to Lee he wouldn’t have allowed the raptor with the bomb to launch with him on it. Now he’s confronted by the ‘enemy’, but also his friend who is trying to stop the mutiny, save the ship, and save lives.

Narcho tells Adama he’s always respected him, but he hates the Cylons and can’t take orders from a leader who won’t fight them. It summed up beautifully the feelings of, I’m sure, many of the mutineers. It needed to be said to make sense of it all, particularly to Adama. But part of me feels Racetrack should have been the one to say those words. I have inexplicably strong feelings for Narcho, but I acknowledge he’s a very minor character. Racetrack has been around since the beginning. We know her much better. She’s part of the Galactica family, part of our family, and the words would have been more powerful coming from her. Still, I commend the writers for trying to give every character, no matter how small a part they played, a moment to shine.

I really don’t have much to say about Adama. He never was going to admit to any wrong doing and, just as Baltar before him, he wasn’t guilty of the crimes he was accused of. I am relieved that, for the first time, it was made clear that the Great Bill Adama alone did not save the fleet. It took a lot of people to avert the crisis: Lee and Kara freeing the Cylons, Tigh and Athena aiding Lee, Kelly’s conscience leading him to switch sides, Tyrol crawling through the ship to disable the FTL, and Laura threatening to destroy Galactica rather than allow Gaeta and Zarek destroy the fleet. Yay Team!

Referring to Laura, Gaeta informs Zarek that “now we have a military leader and a president all in one”. Laura, who just a few years ago struggled with the most basic of military protocol, knew exactly how to chip away at Gaeta’s plan. It was a definite “Gotcha” moment when she had the Cylons position the basestar in the middle of the fleet. And she ultimately did what Adama had done many times before – she threatened to nuke them, killing hundreds to save thousands.

One could argue they needed an attorney for the kangaroo court, but the reappearance of Romo felt like fan service to me. He didn’t add much to the episode, accept proving the pen is mightier than the sword, or gun as the case may be.

Kara was largely sidelined for the episode and, sorry Kara fans, I liked it. So often, Kara is the one who gets to be the kick ass hero, the one to come up with the brilliant plan, and the one who ultimately saves the day. This week, it was Lee’s turn to shine. The scene where they take out the marines was awesome. Not just because it was a good plan or because it left Kara hiding behind crates (hee) while he cavalierly kept moving forward, but because of his nonchalant attitude (“I didn’t pull the pin.” “It would have been funny if you thought of it.”) He so often doesn’t give himself the credit he deserves. Plus, the man had a grenade in his pants. Talk about confidence! And feel free to insert your own joke here. ;)

This week, beccatoria and I were having a discussion about our alternashipper tendencies with BSG. I’m sure I’m in the minority being touched by the Kara/Sam scene. I couldn’t see her do anything but stay with him. She’s not only loyal to the people she loves; she would lay down her life for them. Even as she feared the worst, Sam bleeding to death in the corridor, she wasn’t going to not fight to save him or leave him to die alone. I’m looking forward to them exploring their relationship next week. I believe they’ve only shared one scene together since Kara discovered he is a Cylon. They need to address how she has (or hasn’t) dealt with that revelation and how she feels about him.

Zarek’s execution of the Quorum shocked me. I hadn’t imagined him going that far. Though given his murder of Laird and repeated talks with Gaeta about getting blood on their hands, I shouldn’t have been surprised. If I had doubts that this was not all about power for him, his actions erased them. And the smile he had at the end was fitting. He knew he had to succeed or die. There were no more chances left for Tom Zarek.

I was glad Lee was present for the execution. He spared Zarek’s life and gave him the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions. In return, Zarek betrayed and made a joke of everything Lee believed in. Lee and his idealism will live on and it’s one of the last things Zarek ever saw.

Oh, Gaeta. Personal vengeance so clouded his judgment. I thought back to Baltar’s trial during the episode. Gaeta had perjured himself in order to make Baltar pay, not just for what happened on New Caprica, but for what he had done to him, failing to be the man he thought him to be. Gaeta couldn’t move on until people had answered for what they had done then and he felt he was living through it all again with Adama - forming an alliance with the Cylons, failing to fight, failing to lead them. This time he wasn’t going to lose. This time someone was going to pay. Only it turned out to be him. He gave up once the FTL drive failed not to save himself, but because the good man in him that remained wasn’t going to allow more innocent people to die. He had been fighting what he thought to be a just fight; now it was merely an exercise in futility.

Okay, seriously, there is a mutiny going on, the basestar and Galactica are going toe to toe with nukes, and Baltar finds time to have sex??? With Lida (her name according to Michael Angeli), we have a Cylon unlike any we have seen before. I almost wondered if she had suffered brain damage. She asks Baltar if he’s injured, he says, “No, I believe the word is damaged”, she takes a literal meaning from his choice of word, and has sex with him to make him feel better. What?

Putting that aside, I actually liked Baltar, a lot, in this episode. He was being honest with himself. He didn’t flee Galactica out of fear (was he really that much safer on the basestar?), he wanted to escape the life he was living. He created the situation himself. He allowed himself to be idolized in exchange for protection and comfort. “I ran, again. I disappeared in the nick of time, again.” When things become hard or unbearable, he always looks for escape, whether it’s retreating into his mind or fleeing to another ship. But, this time, he sees his responsibility. People are counting on him. And he makes a choice to go back, into a dangerous situation if need be. It’s a huge step for him.

An even bigger step is being with Gaeta in his final hours. Baltar is the one in pain at the end. In facing responsibility, he’s facing his role in bringing Gaeta to this point. He helped to destroy the man in front of him. Gaeta, like his “fan club”, had counted on him and he failed him. So it’s his punishment to sit there a listen about a life that could have been if the colonies hadn’t been destroyed, if New Caprica hadn’t happened. And perhaps the bravest thing Gaius Baltar has ever done is to stand there and watch Gaeta be executed. He mad a choice to put Gaeta’s needs in front of his own, to make sure he didn’t die alone and, perhaps more importantly, to make sure his life, the better part of it, would be remembered.


Random Thoughts…

The previously on scene between Lee and Adama was not in last week’s episode. Are they starting that tradition again?

Hera is supposed to be creepy, right? Staring at her injured father, simply going “Ouch”, devoid of any emotion – we may have a little sociopath on our hands. ;)

The epic love story is definitely Adama/Tigh. I was amused that Adama seemed more upset at the loss of Tigh than Laura seemed at the thought of losing Adama.

After too many battles to count, it looks as if metal fatigue is getting the best of the Galactica.

The power walk at the end was sort of cheesy, but it was nice to see how many people weren’t involved in the mutiny.

What the hell happened to Connor?

And from the promo: So Ellen downloaded? How are the final five different again?


Mo Ryan continues her Season 4 Interview Series with Michael Angeli It seems a lot was cut out of this episode. Racetrack had an entire storyline rather than just looking like a fool laughing at Zarek’s joke. The extended version of Zarek’s address to the Quorum would have made his referring to himself as President and the Quorum acknowledging him as Vice President make more sense. I felt something was missing there. Though, I don’t think we needed to see anymore of Baltar on the basestar.


I know preview clips have been appearing online prior to an episode airing and I have been avoiding them. Yes, the former spoiler whore is avoiding potentially spoilery clips. But admireddisorder posted a clip from ‘No Exit’ and said the magic words, “Lee” and “Laura”. Well, I had to watch. As for spoilers, I’d say not really as long as you’ve seen all the episodes to date and figured out long ago what the political endgame would be. And Ron, you magnificent bastard, you picked up the ball and ran with it.




Lee: “I don’t know what to say.”
Me: “Tell her you love her!!!”

That would have made the scene perfect, but I guess this is as close to perfect as I will get. I’ll take it. I’m not greedy. The scene is beautifully reminiscent of their early scenes together and it acknowledges what she and I and anyone who has cared about these two and their relationship have known all along – he’s always been the right one. Lee Adama is the future. And while I agree with Laura about her concerns, he wants to always do the right thing, even if it’s not the smart thing to do in the here and now, I have to wonder if he’ll have more opportunities to do the right thing and not have to compromise his ideals as much.
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Promo clip!

The Future Civilian Leader. Oh, HELL yes.

"And I'll also try to be more wrong." Haha, so adorable! And right. Heh.

Is Laura still on that Baltar trial thing? Because having Baltar alive has worked out fine so far. He even got D'anna to stand down in Revelations. Hmm.

I guess I've always seen more of a mix of pragmatism and idealism in Lee than Laura does. Like when she thinks allowing the black market to exist should be unacceptable, and a violation of trade laws. Lee says he agrees with her policies but you have to accept reality -- in some form or other, it's always going to exist. But ah well! I can't wait to see what happens here in the Laura-Lee partnership!
I don't think Laura was focusing on Baltar's trial, just Lee's general desire to always want do the right thing even if costs him and the fleet. If anything, she could take Lee to task for not blowing Zarek away in 'Bastille Day'. ;)

Ah, but he did that for a reason! He needed Zarek alive to convince the prisoners to work on the ice moon, saving the fleet from dying of thirst, so there was a practical element there. And marines had stormed Galactica, but I don't think all the prisoners would have surrendered if Kara had taken that headshot. It would have turned into a massacre.

Laura's Airlockiness and Lee's fairness are both flaws and virtues at once, but I think Lee does weigh the practicalities of the situation pretty well now.

Plus, Laura got pretty good at ignoring both the right and the smart thing recently, so I hope she acknowledges her mistakes. If she doesn't, that scene will come off as a bit too condescending for me.

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so I hope she acknowledges her mistakes.

Blood stains are hard to get out, so she should have a constant reminder of her mistakes on Colonial One.
First off, I loved loved loved your meta. Especially your insights on Gaius/Gaeta. Perfection!

Second, your point about Ellen reminded me of something I wanted to address in my post but forgot to. Particularly since downloading shouldn't be possible at all now! When she downloads (and yeah, I have the same problems with it that you do) who is present? Not Cavil, but a Centurian. Makes me wonder if their sentience is going to have an impact on the storyline and they are literally the ones who found a way to bring her back.
Thank you! :)

I don't know how significant the Centurian's presence is. At the time she would have downloaded, neither the humans nor Cylons were aware of the five's existence. Cylons are present at a 'rebirth' when they know one of their own has 'died'. If they didn't know about Ellen then it makes sense that Ellen would resurrect alone. However, there shouldn't be another Ellen body waiting for her unless there is a secret room on the resurrection ships containing duplicates of the five? ::is confused::
Beautiful summary of the completely frakked situation that now exists on the Galactica. I also wish it had been Racetrack who said what Narcho said, but it looks like she had a whole other cut storyline (and man, I wish I knew what that was). It's an amazing piece of writing accomplishment to make a situation this real and messy, I just hope that they actually deal with the fallout, you know?

I'm not sure what's going on with Lida either. My assumption was that she knew Baltar by reputation and like other Sixes communicates primarily through sex, but there was definitely something unusually childlike about her. I hope we get more of her (if it doesn't become the only role Helfer's allowed to play suddenly!) because she's kind of interesting. Though the most interesting thing for me is the fact that the writers named her. They don't do that for the Eights. We have Sweet Eight, Pilot Eight, Eighthena (yes, fan name, I know, but the writers don't seem to have named her either). But since Gina, every Six has a name. Heck, since Shelley Godfrey. I can only assume they name themselves, which is interesting. Like the fact they're the model that demonstrates the largest variation in appearance. Maybe it's not a coincidence that Caprica, the "standard looking" Six got named by others, while Natalie, Gina, Lida all have names they may well have given themselves and are the three Sixes (along with Infected Baseship Six, but it's not like introductions were on the cards then) who deviate most strongly from the "normal" look. "I WANT A NAME, AND I WANT DIFFERENT HAIR!"

I was also really touched by the Kara/Sam scene. I really hope he doesn't die. I never expected to feel this strongly about the poor lug back when I met and was deeply irritated by him at the start of season two. I think it's just the corners of fandom I have accidentally ended up in, but I seem to be surrounded by more people who like Sam and Sam/Kara than not. Which is nice for me. HAIL ALTERNASHIPPERS! (Although given that Sam/Kara has been canon since the middle of season two, is it even an alternaship anymore?)

Finally, the preview clip. I AM TOTALLY TORN.

Because, on the one hand: *indulges in crazy amounts of shipper flail*

THAT WAS LIKE A LOVE LETTER, RDM. A LOVE LETTER. FIRST NAMES. TRUST. POLITICALNESS. "YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE RIGHT ONE!" YES LAURA. IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!

And just...even though I know it's not romantic, the scene is so tender, and so full of care, it's beautiful and awesome.

But. On the other hand.

I have to admit I'm not wild that Laura still seems to be on this abdicating responsibility housewife jag. And the fact she just passed it on to Lee suggests to me that it's here to stay. Which is great for Lee. But really. I'm...not okay if Laura gets a relationship but has to leave her job. I mean, I know that those things are not cause-and-effect in the text of the show, but that's how it's gonna read.

I'll wait and see because as long as she gets some kind of storyline involving agency and leadership and importance, I'll be okay with it. But...I have worries about that now.

Dammit! Why couldn't it just have been Laura offering him the VPship?! (Well, technically I assume that IS what she's doing, but you know what I mean.)
I also wish it had been Racetrack who said what Narcho said, but it looks like she had a whole other cut storyline (and man, I wish I knew what that was).

Me too! Because Kelly and Narcho, two very minor characters, got to tell their sides of the story, yet we still don't know why Racetrack made the choice she did and how the hell she could be laughing with Zarek after witnessing what she did. At least Narcho was serious throughout the episode. Maybe Ron will talk about her storyline in the podcast. ::crosses fingers::

I can only assume they name themselves, which is interesting. Like the fact they're the model that demonstrates the largest variation in appearance. Maybe it's not a coincidence that Caprica, the "standard looking" Six got named by others, while Natalie, Gina, Lida all have names they may well have given themselves and are the three Sixes (along with Infected Baseship Six, but it's not like introductions were on the cards then) who deviate most strongly from the "normal" look.

This has always intrigued me too. The only model to differentiate their appearance and take individual names are the Sixes. WHY??? Is it part of a grand plan? Are the Sixes unique in some way? Was part of their design flaw that they became so individualistic? While Cavil may be the quasi-official leader of the Cylons, it's Caprica and Nathalie that have led the rebellions. Or are we going to find out that Ron discovered what an awesome talent Tricia Helfer was and created all these various incarnations of Six for her without thinking the implications through?

I have to admit I'm not wild that Laura still seems to be on this abdicating responsibility housewife jag. And the fact she just passed it on to Lee suggests to me that it's here to stay. Which is great for Lee. But really. I'm...not okay if Laura gets a relationship but has to leave her job. I mean, I know that those things are not cause-and-effect in the text of the show, but that's how it's gonna read.

I didn't get the "abdicating responsibility housewife jag" at all. And I'll put my take in terms that only you may appreciate. ;) I got a Luke/Yoda in 'Return of the Jedi' feel from the scene. Laura has been not been receiving treatment for some time now. She's visibly weaker. Lee wants to reach out to help her, but he knows how she'll react if he does. She's dying, he knows it, but really doesn't want to face she'll be gone soon. When she abdicates responsibility, it's not because spending her final days with her boyfriend has become more important than leading the fleet, it's an acceptance that she just doesn't have the strength to do the job any longer and she knows Lee is ready to assume leadership, especially with no Tom Zarek to worry about.

If I have an issue with anything it's her being president in name only while handing over the responsibilities and burdens of being president to Lee. However, I can rationalize that the government now consists of just two people - President Laura Roslin and (presumably) Vice President Lee Adama. For her to step aside now after such great upheaval, leaving Lee alone to lead, might make a bad situation even worse. But Lee has to begin forming his government.
Aaah, okay, interesting. Somehow I managed to completely forget that she was, you know, dying. I think I'm still in the denial stage of grieving for her. ;)

But yes. Depending on how it's framed, a "I'm dying, and I need someone to start taking over because I'm physically incapable of doing this job now," will sit much better with me than her still going on about how she's too tired and deserves a break.

I'm also a little concerned about the legality of the situation, but as you say, they are the government and if he's the elected VP making statements on her behalf because she's terminally ill then...I guess that's a little different to her just frakking off and letting Zarek do whatever the hell he wants.
Mo Ryan continues her Season 4 Interview Series with Michael Angeli It seems a lot was cut out of this episode. Racetrack had an entire storyline rather than just looking like a fool laughing at Zarek’s joke. The extended version of Zarek’s address to the Quorum would have made his referring to himself as President and the Quorum acknowledging him as Vice President make more sense. I felt something was missing there. Though, I don’t think we needed to see anymore of Baltar on the basestar.


My biggest problem with this episode was that I felt like too many things were cut out - usually when I have a problem with BSG, it's for that reason. So, it's good to know that they had at least planned to explain some of these things more. I kinda wish they would write episodes that develop the plot within their time limit, though.
This was the first episode of the season where I felt things were missing. Not that the previous three episodes didn't have deleted footage, but what was cut sounded minor and ultimately wouldn't have changed what we saw on screen. Anytime I hear or read that entire subplots have been cut, I tense up. You usually can't do that and have it not affect the finished product. I do feel we saw enough of Baltar on the basestar, but having Racetrack, a significant and well liked character, turn 'traitor' was a huge plot development that needed explanation. I'm hoping Ron mentions in the podcast what was filmed and left out to help flesh out some plot points.
I KNOW!!! Once again they rewrite the script while making it but forget to rewrite the story. Seriously, learn to fit a story into your show!!! It's the same as the storyline that all the Colonials hate the Sagittarons...um...WHY? The writers' answer...because of stuff that's really important to the story that's not in the story, or anything you'll ever see.

WTFRAK???

LOL...I'm actually glad this storyline ended where it did, albeit unbelievably anticlimactically... Hopefully the REAL story will start to make sense again next week...
An even bigger step is being with Gaeta in his final hours. Baltar is the one in pain at the end. In facing responsibility, he’s facing his role in bringing Gaeta to this point. He helped to destroy the man in front of him. Gaeta, like his “fan club”, had counted on him and he failed him. So it’s his punishment to sit there a listen about a life that could have been if the colonies hadn’t been destroyed, if New Caprica hadn’t happened

This is a really excellent point. I hadn't thought about how Gaeta's actions affected Baltar, in the sense that Gaeta was a great man before and now Baltar sees what has become of him, and realizes how many of his actions and choices brought Gaeta to his end.
Ultimately, Gaeta is responsible for his own choices and his idolatry of Baltar is something he created. But it just struck me, as Baltar sat there so visibly saddened by what had become of Gaeta, that he would look back on his own actions, how they played a role in Gaeta's downfall, and how had he been a different man, maybe Gaeta would not be facing a firing squad.
As the Patriot Resource is letting me down spoiler-wise, I don't believe that Gaeta is dead until I see him dead. I only heard two guns fire, so it's possible that even though he's committed gross treason he might not be executed.

I'm sure I have other thoughts, but the main one is "Hurry up and get to the end, dammit!!"

*Off to hunt for more spoilers on Patriot Resource*
Well, TV Addict had some light spoilers for the ep before it aired and they stated that two major characters would die and I would assume that was the two men put in front of the firing squad. Of course, Baltar could be tortured by Gaeta's death to the point we see Head Gaeta. ;)
Nice write up.

But as this ep really shows both Adama and Laura actually shoot from the hips based on emotions when it comes down to it.

Making a stand and not wavering on principals is admirable.

"I'm coming for you all of you!!!!" that emotional vengeance same basis Gaeta started his path down.

The one thing that is clear is when you work for and with others, not yourself, you are able to deal with it in the end regardless of the consequences.
I can't say I was rooting for Adama's death, but I certainly wouldn't have minded it. ;)
Laura, who just a few years ago struggled with the most basic of military protocol, knew exactly how to chip away at Gaeta’s plan. It was a definite “Gotcha” moment when she had the Cylons position the basestar in the middle of the fleet. And she ultimately did what Adama had done many times before – she threatened to nuke them, killing hundreds to save thousands.

I can see you had the same thought. I feel like her and Bill having learned from each other in this area is a natural consequence of a relationship that has otherwise been pretty problematic at times. (i.e. Is there really any system of checks and balances when your military and civilian commanders are literally sleeping together?)

In facing responsibility, he’s facing his role in bringing Gaeta to this point. He helped to destroy the man in front of him. Gaeta, like his “fan club”, had counted on him and he failed him. So it’s his punishment to sit there a listen about a life that could have been if the colonies hadn’t been destroyed, if New Caprica hadn’t happened. And perhaps the bravest thing Gaius Baltar has ever done is to stand there and watch Gaeta be executed. He mad a choice to put Gaeta’s needs in front of his own, to make sure he didn’t die alone and, perhaps more importantly, to make sure his life, the better part of it, would be remembered.

Well put. I can't believe they've brought Baltar to such a huge turning point, believably, but I believe it after seeing him with Gaeta. So much of this episode was about people signaling how they felt through what they did. Usually it involved what side they took in the mutiny, but for Baltar, it was all about actually facing things.
The epic love story is definitely Adama/Tigh.

Truly. He was devastated when Zarek told him Tigh was dead! I'm also with you on really enjoying the Kara/Sam moment; I love that she stayed with him and was struggling to get him to Cottle. I'm curious about how that all ends up next week.

As for the preview clip for next week: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. There was nothing about it that I did not love. (Including Lee saying he'll "try to be wronger." Hee.) I also love that she pointed out the thing I most like about Lee Adama: his desire to be right outweighing his desire to be smart. The thing is, I think she sees Lee's view of 'rightness' as an idealistic thing and I think Lee's view of rightness is a more touched with pragmatism than that. But being pragmatic doesn't mean he's being smart, either. Heh.
EEEEEEEE!!! I cannot say that enough right now. :) And I love how he says "I'll try to be wronger" in such a serious manner and she starts laughing. I hope we find out he starts laughing too. It would be so wonderfully reminiscent of the scene between the two of them at the end of 'Bastille Day'. If only she were wearing a robe. ;)

And I agree with you that Laura sees Lee as too much of an idealist. Yes, he has his ideals, but we've seen him bend them if he feels he has to. I hate to use 'Black Market' as an example because I like to pretend the episode doesn't exist, but we saw that even though he knew the black market was a bad thing, it was a necessary evil. Now, he's pushing for an alliance with the Cylons, which he may find personally distasteful, because it's in the best interest of the fleet's survival.

Oh, and in tribute to one of my all time favorite icons that you made (and our using here with your comment) and Ron Moore bringing Lee and Laura full circle, I created an icon to mark the occasion. :)

Ah, my fellow Narcho fan :) I was delighted with Narcho's storyline in this episode, and I really can see why they wanted him as Gaeta's lover in the webisodes. It certainly seemed like Gaeta had every intention of making him his XO. I would have liked to see more of that dynamic, actually, because Gaeta has so few real friends at this point.

I agree about Racetrack, though, and I'd love it if her plotline made it onto the DVD. I really think she makes sense in the mutiny, given that she saw the Raptor of Death from the webisodes and was told to keep quiet about it (I assume), and was likely friends with Shark and Easy.

Gaeta's story has got to be one of the saddest in the entire series. I really, desperately hope that Adama realizes that he did fail Gaeta, and badly. I don't think Gaeta should have done what he did, but Adama has his favorites, and his favoritism bit him in the ass, hard. If he hadn't brushed aside what happened on the Demetrius because it was Kara, this probably wouldn't have happened. Even if he'd discovered the mutiny and punished the mutineers (probably not with their lives) and punished Gaeta, it's not as damaging. When Adama didn't investigate Gaeta's shooting, it told him "I don't give a shit about your life." Which would be fine, if he wasn't Gaeta's commanding officer and had pledged his protection to him.

I really hope Adama asks himself why half his men were willing to take up arms against him. It's a question he needs to know the answer to.

TOTALLY agree about Baltar :)

Great commentary!

I think I know EXACTLY why we saw Maggie "laughing" along to Tom telling one of his glory day stories...he lied to her about what would happen to anybody that wanted to be brought back to Galactica. She REALLY didn't look like she was expecting Connor (somebody who's killed in secret on Zarek's orders before)to show up with an execution squad right when she landed...somebody to arrest him while the mob took over, but not kill him. In a billion years, despite what the writers might have wanted to pull, her wanting to kill Lee is as believable as Lee wanting to off his Dad. Her friend Skulls got shot by Kara (and I totally defend her right to be freaked out by her, because besides Lee, everybody should be terrified of her by this point. lol) She runs to him and presumably drags him to sickbay, but something BIG is bothering her. Tom lands shortly after and is met by all of the main officers in charge, and we see her getting him to talk... SO...my idea for what SHOULD have been a perfect missing scene...she casually flirts to his ego and gets him to tell her if he knew anything about his men coming to kill Lee as soon as she brought him back. He DID (of course), and this is the moment where she realizes they're not working to save the fleet, they're working to help Tom take over. THAT is where she has her Kelly moment and starts to work for a way out and over to the other side.

Just my personal take, of course...;)