This Week's Battlestar Was Interesting Meeting #1
As with so many other long waits, the last half of The Hiatus feels like the longest. Boo.
I don't know about you kids, but I'm getting a little bored waiting, so I thought I'd review BSG reruns to keep my hyper-critical posting muscles from withering into so much cranial flab. I need to be in a state of ninja-like readiness for Season 4. SPOILERS UP TO, AND INCLUDING, RAZOR. AND ALSO, BAD LANGUAGE.
This week, the Space Channel saw fit to give me:
The story starts with 2 Raptors out doing training. They're out in some sort of distortion that keeps them from getting a clear message back to the Pegasus just before they disappear. No main characters onboard, so they're probably dead.
Meanwhile, Lee's having sex with Dualla after being shot by Starbuck a month ago. He's been promoted to Major, which he doesn't seem to give a shit about, but really impresses Dee. I bet it's because he realizes 'Major' seems to be a codeword for 'guy who runs around after Starbuck smoothing ruffled feathers and cleaning up messes' and he's sent over to the Pegasus to be its first officer. Just to make his life more interesting, the Commander and Starbuck hate each other.
Really hate each other. She mocks him, he belittles her, etc... long story short: HATEFACE.
Eventually, they both remember their missing crew, and Kara comes to the conclusion that the missing Raptors had left their training mission to answer a distress call. Seriously. A distress call. Which is so stupid, they probably deserve to die. I mean, this isn't Star Trek here. There's nobody else out here but you and the killer robots. I wouldn't be answering any distress calls that came from people I didn't 100% know weren't made of steel. Since it's Starbuck's idea though, Garner won't go for it and wants to jump there and rescue his people.
Lee frets, Starbuck gripes, and after a conference-call with Dad, they decide to throw more Raptors at the problem. How many Raptors are they going to potentially spend on this? I counted up to nine - this isn't Star Trek: Voyager guys, you don't have an unlimited supply of these things. Garner's thought of this too, so after he hangs up on Papadama, he just damn well jumps his ship anyway. You see a shot of Papadama watching them jump away. He has no expression, but you can tell he really hates it when this happens.
So, of course it's a trap.
Raptor crew's dead, Cylons jump in, and the fight is on. Garner dies, which everyone saw coming. Really, one of them had to go, and odds are it wasn't going to be Starbuck. With Garner dead, Papadama gives the Pegasus, and a promotion, to Lee.
Lee Adama promoted again. You'd think he was a relative or something.
The B plot gets rolling when Tyrol and Cally crack open a shipping crate and find a stowaway inside who wants an abortion from Dr. Cottle. Cottle acts like it ain't no thing, but everyone else freaks out like it was their business or something. The Geminese representative from the council hassles the Prez, saying it's an abomination and the woman, Rya Kibbe, should be handed over to her parents. Adama goes down to Sick Bay, to nicely ask/tell Rya to GTFO his spaceship. Cottle suggests that she can ask for asylum aboard Galactica, and she does much to Papadama's consternation. Ha ha, go Cottle.
(As an aside, these Geminese sound a little freaky. A human being as property? Like a dog? WTF, that's weird. Compared to these hard-core religious badasses who don't hesitate to beat you with the religion and politics sticks, the Sagitarions seems more like mildly annoying free-range hippie types. And yet, everyone has a hate-on for the Sagitarions, but the Geminese don't even raise eyebrows. Colonial society, what can you do? ¯\(º o)/¯ )
The Prez and Baltar run some numbers and the situation for the human race is a little grim; with current rates of attrition, they'll be extinct in 18 years. With that in mind, the Prez decides to outlaw abortion.
Anyway, when the Prez is giving half the human race the bad news, Baltar sees an opening and uses the issue to declare his candidacy for President, essentially using serious survival-of-humanity-business as a power grab for himself. What a jackass.