Battlestar Galactica ep 4 17: One Winged Angels
“Someone to Watch Over Me”
(thought I had posted this on Friday night but I guess it was stuck in drafts)
I’ve been guessing that Starbuck was a hybrid. I just had the wrong father. But without knowing that the writers would cook up a lost cylon, how could I have been right? Continuing last week’s theme of hybrids as being the key to the survival of both humans and cylons, Hera was placed in the crosshairs of intrigue and Starbuck’s memories opened a new thread in BSG lore.
The first 3/4 of the episode set up a fairly compelling (for a change) conclusion. Starbuck met (OR DID SHE?!?!? Lol) a scruffy piano player whose moves and backstory jogged loose some memories within. Meanwhile, the new Cylon emissary Six announced that the rebel Cylons wished to expedite Boomer from the Galatica to face charges of treason.
Tyrol was not having it, and aided Boomer’s escape. He also unwittingly allowed Boomer to kidnap Hera.
Hera, budding prodigy she is, handed Starbuck a drawing, a series of dots that turned out to be the notes for the version of “All Along the Watchtower” that drew the final five together. As Starbuck banged out the notes on the piano in the bar, the scruffy piano player disappeared.
It’s now clear to at least two of the five that some unseen force is manipulating events. It isn’t Cavil, who planned for Boomer to escape with Ellen to steal Hera, but Cavil likely knows what’s up. Maybe — and this is totally speculative — maybe hybrids don’t need resurrection ships to resurrect. That could explain the New Kara, but not her shiny new Viper.
Who is the manipulator? All signs point to “Daniel,” the lost cylon. All signs also point to Daniel as Starbuck’s father, or, given that the show asserts her father is the author of “All Along the Watchtower,” all signs point to Bob Dylan.
How Daniel would be accomplishing this is anyone’s guess since it should be clear that the writers didn’t have it all figured out before diving into the last three seasons. Daniel could be tied into the Cylon homeworld mainframe. He could be lurking aboard the Galactica. He could have managed to upload his consciousness into several cylons. He could be the final angel from “Neon Genesis Evangelion.”
Given that the writers are using biblical texts and icons as signposts (crutches?) those Hebrew words may give us clues. “Daniel,” the angel was one of the fallen angels who mated with mortal women and created a race of super humans known as Nephilim (Xenogears again?). One possible translation of the word, according to Wiki, is “one who causes others to fall.” So there’s that for Kara, AKA Harbinger of Death. So, given that, humans and cylons might want to rethink this whole, “hybrids will be the savior of all” stuff.
Next up: The ship is falling apart and Adama knows not what to do. What, the Cylon super glue didn’t work?