We’ll have another podcast out to you tomorrow with lots of discussion about webisode eight, but I couldn’t wait to weigh in with a few thoughts. First and foremost: What? Aaron’s sorry that they killed 10-or-so “innocent” humans in the temple? If he’s sorry about that “tragedy” he must be downright apologetic about murdering 20 billion back on the colonies.
I’ve talked quite a bit in our podcasts about Cylon sentience, and here on the blog I’ve questioned whether or not peace is possible with the Cylons. However, I’d just like to make it clear that regardless of whether peace is a possibility at some point in the far (maybe even theoretical) future, I don’t think any peace is possible in the near term.
Anyone who kills 20 billion and then apologizes for killing 10 is lying. And that’s exactly what Aaron is doing in webisode eight — he’s lying to Jammer, trying to convince him to rat out his fellow humans and (unconsciously, maybe) become a collaborator. (Of course, the fun part will be guessing whether or not he’ll do it, and I’ll leave that to the podcast tomorrow.)
Yes, I was wrong in my speculation that the drink might be some kind of physical trap, but it is a trap for Jammer. Aaron brought it in for the purpose of demonstrating the true power of what he has to offer: an opportunity to stop running. We already know this is a very, very powerful concept as Baltar used it successfully to win the election and create New Caprica back in the season 2.5 cliffhanger.
It’s been said that the western world — consisting of (mostly) well fed, well rested, happy people — is nevertheless just three meals away from total anarchy. And that’s what the Cylons have been taking from the colonial fleet since the first BSG episode (“33”) — their comfort. They’re low on water, low on fuel, low on sleep — and now they’re low on opportunity and personal freedoms. Things are going to get crazy on New Caprica, and people are going to do things that you wouldn’t imagine they’d do in better times.
Will Jammer cave? Maybe the deeper question to ask is, “Will we forgive him if he does?”
One last thought: I’ve suspected since the beginning that Tigh did indeed plant the guns in the temple for the purpose of causing a Cylon attack there. (More importantly, I suspect that even if he didn’t do it on purpose, he would have if he’d have known how successful it’d be at upping recruitment into the resistance.)
I mentionedthe possibilityin podcast two and likened it to the tactics used by insurgents in Iraq. This drew a couple of emails and other feedback suggesting that I was “letting my political views” seep into our commentary. I’ll admit: I’m definitely guilty. Who can shut off their political ideas just for a podcast? But it’s ironic that it came up in this context because I my analogy didn’t stretch to the reasons behind the insurgency — just to the methods in use. In fact, these methods have been used have been used throughout time for good and evil. In my (hopefully obvious) opinion: Tigh’s use = good. Iraqi insurgent’s use = evil.
But even when these kind of actions are taken for the greater good, the people involved aren’t going to fare well in the rearward-facing eyes of history. I’m becoming more of a Tigh fan every webisode, but I feel sorry for him — even more than when we first met his wife.