Sunday, March 26, 2006

Warning: the following will not be comrehensible unless you have watched the second season of Battlestar Galactica.

Looking at the reactions of various people to the finale of Galactica's season 2, I gather that almost everyone seems to have loved it. On the other hand, I had a problem with the way the end of the second season worked out. It felt like the show broke many of its own rules, changing and re-inventing characters as it went along.

I could not belive that:

- Adama, who went apeshit when Roslin encroached on his "military authority" by telling his pilot to do what she wanted, is completely complacent when Baltar dooms humanity by ordering him to "set a course for New Caprica." Whatever happened to his insistence that he alone gets to make military decisions?

- Number 6, who smugly told Baltar that in a few hours there won't be anyone left to put him on trial for treason, suddenly wakes up confessing his love for her.

- Caprica-sharon, who was so helpful in the first part of the final episode, decides she doesn't care about Galactica in the second.

And then theres Baltar. His decision to give a nuclear weapon to terrorists - right after declaring that "I am not the man you think I am" - is completely incomprehensible given what we know about Baltar at that stage. The early part of the show presents Baltar as a basically good man - manipulated by number 6, paranoid, especially about being found out for causing humanity's destruction, but basically good. Each time Baltar does something "bad," it can be attributed to 6's manipulation of him - until this. When Baltar gives the cylon a nuclear weapon - ostensibly so that she will agree to sleep with him - the show breaks its continuity with Baltar's character.


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