My Big, Bad Battlestar Galactica Post, part 1

Following the incredible end of Season Two, I offer my two cents to the web. Warning: extreme spoiler alert. You have been warned.

All kinds of websites out there are devoted to guessing at the various secrets of the new Battlestar Galactica (my favourite is Lee Adama is a Cylon). The more I read and listen to stuff about the show, the more I think it’s good idea to keep Occam’s Razor in mind when hypothesising. The unwritten stuff in Battlestar Galactica is all about keeping it simple. The show continually avoids deviousness and strange techie junk to advance its story.

I think it is also a good idea to forget what you know about science fiction when you watch Battlestar Galactica because the writing in the show is like no other I can think of.

Anyway, here we go…

Is Adama a Cylon?

No, because Bill Adama is too old. He predates the original Cylon War and the creation of the skinjobs. So he can’t be a Cylon. And, since we presume he remembers the birth and raising of his son, we can also conclude that Lee is not a Cylon either.

Unless, of course, the Cylons are able to clone people and replace them like in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. But I highly doubt this is going to be the case with Battlestar Galactica, because in addition to going down a road of paranoid madness (everyone could be a Cylon!!!), it is also kind of lame, and I don’t think Moore and his writers will want to go there. Maybe if the ratings slip.

No, Leoben is just a liar. That’s his job.

Baltar and Six

Has no one who watches Battlestar Galactica ever seen Harvey?

After seeing Downloaded, I’m now fairly certain that Six is all in Baltar’s head. No chip, no memory uploads, no cloning, just a bit of mental illness, understandable under the circumstances. Even people with a mild psychosis can make up all kinds sophisticated events and people in their minds while still remaining very functional.

If this were Shakespeare, Baltar would be doing soliloquies. But since it’s a teleplay, I think the writers are simply trying to provide a visual representation of the turmoil going on in Baltar’s fragile mind. He imagines, or maybe hallucinates his former lover telling him what to do. When he is uncertain, she gives him advice. When he has done something wrong, she berates him. I don’t think his vision of Six she has ever given him any information he didn’t know himself.

I find it deliciously ironic that Caprica Six suffers the same. Again, I think it’s a visual metaphor for grief and loss, not some kind of memory swap as a result of a nuclear blast or something. Does anyone honestly think the writers of BSG would try to foist that kind of thing on their audience?

Obviously these two people mean a great deal to each other. While other Sixes might seem pretty ruthless, in the miniseries the Caprica Six tells Baltar to take cover because she wants him to survive the nuclear strike. She is speechless with emotion when she learns from (the resurrected BSG) Sharon that Baltar is still alive. Maybe spending a few years living intimately with the enemy can do a lot to change one’s perspective, even for a model Six. Following the discomfort of her resurrection, I am not surprised that this Six feels guilty for all the bad things she’s done.

Next: How to survive getting nuked.

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2 Responses to My Big, Bad Battlestar Galactica Post, part 1

  1. Jordan Burkhart says:

    “Next: How to survive getting nuked.”

    oOo…I hope this involves tinfoil and Febreeze 🙂

  2. cobolhacker says:

    It would certainly take out the smell :]

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