(lots of spoilers! assumes you’ve seen the episode!)
I thought Joseph Adama was just a mob lawyer — but he’s worse than that, isn’t he? Bribing corrupt judges ain’t nothing next to ordering your brother to even out the deaths in the maglev bombing. We know Sam Adama has no trouble at all with killing in cold blood — we’ve already seen him rather gleefully murder Cancer Man in his bed — but even Sam seems taken aback by Joseph’s calm request that he kill Amanda Graystone.
Amanda’s take on her daughter is very intriguing! She believes her daughter was a terrorist, but while she’s wrong about Zoe using a bomb on the maglev, she’s not wrong about Zoe’s apparent desire to inflict some sort of shattering change upon her culture. Zoe clearly believed that whatever she was working on would have a huge impact — her avatar was meant to be “a gift,” and obviously Sister Clarice, whom Zoe was apparently in the thrall of, believes that the One God is going to save them all. (Save them from what?) Zoe may not have wanted to use violence to affect a change, but she must have considered herself something of a revolutionary.
And hey, who is Clarice talking to behind the blurry glass in the virtual world? Is it one of the skinjobs from when this Happened Before?
Everything we see here — much more so than we ever saw in Battlestar Galactica — feels like a giant example of The More Things Change. And this was 150,000 years ago. And it wasn’t the first time they’d happened, either! Talk show host Baxter Sarno, who’s Leno (terrible monologue) + Stewart (“more than half of college-age students say they get their news from Sarno”). “Taurons are terrible drivers.” Cops who play PR games and destroy evidence to cover their asses. “If you were my friend, you’d do this” — kids have, it seems, been saying this for hundreds of thousands of year. And good things have never, ever started that way.
It makes me despair, a bit: Can we ever change? Then again, the portrayal of Sam’s home life makes me hope. Lacy, who’s brave and determined enough to knock down a boy twice her size because he pissed her off with his hypocrisy, makes me hope.
On the other hand, we already know this won’t end well…
Random thoughts on “The Reins of a Waterfall”:
• Am I the only one who thought, when we saw Willie Adama hanging around his uncle’s club, “Every since I was a kid, I wanted to be a Tauron gangster”?
• I want a Serge.
• Ooo, Dr. Janet Frasier!
• I get the fedoras and the cigarettes as signifiers for “retro,” for “this happened in the not-too-distant past.” I’m not sure if the giant, boxy cameras the TV reporters are using work, though. With the kind of technology we’ve already seen, would the cameras really be that big?
(Watch full episodes and get recaps at SyFy’s official site for the show.)