I’ve noticed an interesting theme running through BSG – being trapped. It’s interesting how being trapped, held,or imprisoned -physically or psychologically -can affect people.
Some physical examples we see- Sharon in the cell on Galactica, Six (Gina) in same cell, Roslin in the brig, Lee in the brig when Adama is shot. Helo stuck on (Old) Caprica after Boomer rescues civilians. Starbuck held in the pregnancy farm on Caprica. Lee floating in space after ejecting (trapped in the suit with no oxygen). Lee and Starbuck trapped in the firing range room when the Cylon virus lets the oxygen out. A number of people held hostage on Cloud Nine when Billy is killed. Starbuck trapped in the apartment/prison with Psycho-Leoben, and actually banging on metal bars to be let out. The occupation of New Caprica essentially imprisoned the human population. Tigh and others held in the Cylon prison cells on NC. Baltar is stuck on the Basestar with the Cylons.
Mental examples? Baltar has a version of Six trapped in his mind, Starbuck’s trapped in her head trying to fight off demons. I’m sure there are plenty more- but this whole theme gets me thinking that the barriers thrown up against these characters and the way they keep fighting them offreally shows us what they’re made of. I hope that one of the toughest characters, Tigh, has it in him to break away from his demons as well.