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‘Battlestar Galactica’ blogging: “Sometimes a Great Notion”

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

(previous: “Revelations”)
Oh, man, I am still trying to get my head around this one. Talk about bombs dropping… Ellen. Dualla. Starbuck. The distant pasts of the final four. I barely know where to begin even thinking about it, never mind writing about it.

And I can’t not think about it. It’s not like you can just sit there and tell yourself, “Well, I’ll simply wait to see how things develop over the next nine episodes. I don’t need to turn it all over in my head and wonder about how things will turn out. The episodes are completed, everything is set in stone, it’s all a done deal. It’s merely that I don’t yet know what the deal is that’s been done, but all I need is to be patient and hang on from week to week.” No: you can’t not think about this.

According to legend/myth/religion, Pythia wrote about the exile and rebirth of the human race. She also wrote that “all this has happened before.” So, when she wrote that, 3,600 years ago, did she mean that when the exile and rebirth was to happen — that is, now — that this would have already happened in the interim between 3,600 years ago and now, and is that what happened 2,000 years ago on Earth? Or had it happened before Pythia was writing? Or both?

I was wondering whether this Earth, this 13th colony which, it turns out, had been settled by Cylons and named Earth, was really our Earth, or was it not our Earth but a colony named after the home world? But Ron Moore — in this extensive interview — seems happy to lay that notion to rest. This is the only Earth there is. So… are we humans here today indeed skinjobs, the original skinjobs, and we will nuke ourselves (or our machine Cylons will) and then set out to settle the 12 colonies of Kobol, and the cycle will repeat itself so that humanity ends up where the colonials and rebel skinjobs find themselves now?

I dunno. And maybe we’ll find out eventually (though I wouldn’t put it past Moore to not settle this at all). But I can’t not think about it.

The four — Tory, Galen, Sam, and Saul — have memories of being here before. (Galen’s nuke shadow? Gave me shivers.) And then they were somehow resurrected in the colonies, with their memories either deliberately or accidentally surpressed. Ellen seems to know this will happen: “Everything’s in place. We’ll be reborn.” But how? Did the escaping people — humans, skinjobs, whatever — who got away from this devastated Earth to settle the 12 colonies bring material to clone and consciousnesses to download to resurrect those models?


Okay, and Starbuck. Jesus, I was not expecting this — I kinda felt like how Leoben looked: totally shocked. She was tracking a signal from her own Viper? Freeee-keeee! Has she been resurrected, skinjob style? If so, how did that come about? Are there still Cylons on this planet, in a hidden base underground, maybe? (There’s no way a few teams of explorers from the fleet could cover much ground across an entire planet.) Is Starbuck a projection that everyone is seeing, like Gaius’s Caprica Six but on a massive scale? If so, then someone must be, I dunno, beaming that projection into everyone’s minds, right?

Holy crap: Starbuck is dead. Long live Starbuck?

My brain is exploding. I love this.

Poor Dualla. Her suicide shocked me, too, but maybe teensy bit less than the Starbuck thing. Because I’ve been thinking for a while that it seems likely that there have been more suicides among the fleet than we’ve been made aware of. Everyone has lost almost everyone and everything they know. A lot of people would not be able to cope with that. But maybe, like Dualla, they’ve been clinging to that dream of Earth, and now that that dream is lost… We should maybe expect more Duallas.

Everything is radioactive, and they can’t eat anything or drink the water. So they can’t resettle this Earth. Now where do they go?

(next: “A Disquiet Follows My Soul”)

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

MPAA: rated TV14-LV

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