Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Captain Apollo for President

What happened to Battlestar Galactica?

It’s not that Friday’s night episode was bad. I would not go so far as to say that even when BSG is bad its better than 90% of everything else on TV (maybe 75%).

Of course, the episode had its moments, but really…. Lee as president. I saw that coming from a mile away. In the past Lee has been my favorite character (please Maggie, no comments from the peanut gallery), but every since the “hooker” episode and the fat suit I’ve been less dubious. It seems the writers have tried hard to give him an arc but they kept flailing around searching for the “right” moments. Badger-Nomo is absolutely right, Lee keeps falling into the leadership rolls he has by virtue of his…. virtue. But I’ve felt for a long time that Lee’s (tough to call him Apollo outside of the Viper) destiny is tied up with Starbuck’s. Where does this feeling come from? From watching seasons 1-3 the last three weeks! Even Dee sensed it in the boxing episode. The showdown between Lee and Badger-Nomo was nice, a great throwback to the episode when we first meet Tom Zarek, and it reminded me why I still like Lee, but it still begs the question: what happened to BSG?

The character stuff with the Admiral was better, but once again we saw this coming. Adama finally admits his feelings towards Roslin. Erin Fox at TV Guide has a nice recap about the Adama scenes so I won’t waste time on them.

Two things that bugged me and were never really addressed: 1) If the primary problem with Zarek was not being supported by Adama (it was never really about him not being supported by the military), then doesn’t the idea of Lee as President loose its teeth when Adama steps down. Maybe our favorite acerbic, secret Cylon commander would not be opposed to Zarek. And 2) Tigh and Six are having a baby!!!!????!!!! What does this mean for the evolution of Cylons?

And for all those interested parties, I found a great link about the theology of the show, including a terrific interview with Ron Moore. Check it out on Beliefnet.com.


Monkey Sri said...

I won't pretend to know what you all are talking about with this BSG stuff, but I just wanted to say 'welcome aboard!' :D

Maggie Cats said...

Ok, finally watched this episode. I both agree and disagree with you. I agree that the Lee stuff was totally telegraphed, and I found it the least compelling part of the episode. In the beginning, I thought BSG did a great job addressing political subplots, but these past two seasons, meh. But other than that, I thought this episode rocked out. As a whole, I have found this season to be kind of stagnant, but this episode had so many great WTF moments, that I really found myself glued to the tv. Tigh got Six pregnant? Tigh and Adama fighting? Starbuck appearing as a rational adult? WTF!

Can't wait for the next ep!!