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Battlestar Galactica ep 4 14: OMG! You Killed the Quorum! You Bastard!

February 8, 2009

Generally I despise the way politics are presented in speculative fiction, at least on the big and small screens. They are usually gutless – no more so than other forms of fiction – unwilling to take a side on issues, and “extremists,” like BSG’s Zarek, are presented as ultimately self-interested power grabbers who take well-meaning but wrong headed rubes like Gaeta along for a bad trip.

So with that in mind few could have hardly believed that the Zarek/Gaeta coup would actually succeed, or that Adama’s self-righteousness would take a significant hit (not even the realization that his XO is a Cylon did that).

Last week we left the stalwarts in dire straits about to be blasted by rebel forces. Even with the teasers showing Adama facing down a firing squad (revealed to be Baltar’s nightmare – lame) we knew the old salt was going to come out OK, even if the mutiny was successful. After all, Starbuck was running around the ship with a gun. And Tyrol is playing Solid Snake, slithering (?) through crawl spaces. And Roslin is on the Base ship barking desperate pleas.

What began as a rote mutiny/revolt episode ended like one, with Zarek showing that he’s really mean and soulless and nothing matters but the ends (OMG! He killed the Quorum! You Bastard!) and of course he’s no better than the people robots he hates. Gaeta has second thoughts and is dismayed because he has aligned himself with SUCH A MONSTER.

And, just like last week, talented actors saved a cliché ridden script.

Now, next week we can get down to some answers. The final cylon returns. And that bullet Sam took to the dome popped loose some circuits and memories about old Earth.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rosie permalink
    February 9, 2009 12:07 pm

    One of the things that really annoy me about BSG is the hypocritical way the characters’ flaws are presented. When characters like Tigh, Roslin and the Adamas pull a power grab, they get away with it, their actions are ignored or they are given a slap on the wrist. When guys like Gaeta and Zarek do the same thing, they are portrayed as monsters that needed to be destroyed like mad dogs.

    Ron Moore had pulled this same hypocritical bullshit in the last years of STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE. It’s nice to see that his writing hasn’t changed one whit.

  2. April 19, 2009 5:14 pm

    Кто когда спать ложится? Я раньше часу двух ночи не ложусь.

  3. January 24, 2010 8:40 am

    hi mate, happy holiday and i enjoy my time here.

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