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‘Battlestar Galactica’ blogging: “Escape Velocity”

(lots of spoilers! assumes you’ve seen the episode!)

(previous: “The Ties That Bind”)

1) Tory tells Tyrol they’re perfect because they’re Cylons.

2) Tory inflicts pain on Baltar, for his own good, in order to convince him that he’s perfect (even though he’s not a Cylon).

3) Six inflicts pain on Tighe, for his own good, because she believes he is not a Cylon, then regrets it.

4) Baltar accepts his perfection, and tells his followers they’re perfect, too.
So: All we all Cylons? Are we only Cylons if we’re perfect? Are we only perfect if we’re Cylons? Are we none of us perfect, and hence none of us Cylons?

I have a sudden sneaking suspicion that the one Cylon who is still hidden is going to be revealed to be… all of us. As in, like, Hey, guess who the final Cylon is? And then a mirror is held up and we’re all looking into it at ourselves. Of course such a thing can’t be done technically, but wouldn’t it be a mindfrak if it could?

I dunno what last night episode means, except that Battlestar Galactica has some twisted people behind it.

The Chief’s rant against Cally was, um, interesting. That whole bar scene, with everyone just hanging out and shooting the shit and acting like everything’s normal suddenly made me think, Man, half the people there have got to be so traumatized they can barely move, and the other half are merely pretending they aren’t, what with billions dead and civilization gone and the last few poor damned souls of humanity clinging to the inside of a couple of rickety old tin cans in space on a desperate and probably foolhardy search that will likely see them all killed for a mythical planet that doesn’t even exist. I mean, sure, it seems as if the show has set up things so that Earth is real, but if you were one of those 36,000 survivors, wouldn’t you be thinking, What the frak are we doing? Everybody must be feeling the way the Chief does, right? Of course, we’re not seeing all the many human stories happening in the fleet — but people must be severely depressed, suicidal even, just barely hanging onto their sanity.

Maybe they’re all already dead, and they just don’t know it yet. Like they’re in purgatory or something. Like we used to think was the case with Lost. (I find it fascinating that these two very different shows have been converging, thematically, more and more in recent seasons — there’s something frakked up in our zeitgeist at the moment that’s prompting that, Im sure, though I’ll have to think on it some more before I can even begin to figure out what it is).

Anyway, I wonder whether the Chief went ballistic on the Admiral out of a deliberate desire to get himself removed from the flight deck so that he can’t do anyone else any more harm, or whether he just lost it and didn’t realize what he was doing. Looks like, from the coming attractions for next week, that he shaved his head. I hope that doesn’t mean he’s not gonna start wearing robes with Baltar’s crazy groupies…

(next: “The Road Less Traveled”)

(Watch full episodes and get recaps at Sci Fi’s official site for the show.)

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