OK, I’ll admit it. I was a little let down with the last BSG episode as well. (I say “as well” because I’ve seen the comments on the last few posts and the last podcast, and I know that a good number of you feel this way as well.)
One question, though: Wouldn’t almost anything feel like a letdown after Torn?
I suppose there’s no way that any show’s team can keep the level as high as Torn all the time. And FWIW, A Measure of Salvation wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t as incredibly brilliant as the rest of season three up to this point.
Some of the “quickie” fixes we disliked this week could possibly have some long term consequences, though:
Sharon’s Miracle Cure
Now that Sharon apparently has the same miracle blood her baby has, is she still really entirely Cylon? One of the things that made Helo’s arguments to Roslin so powerful was the example of Sharon as a Cylon that had changed sides — ipso facto all Cylons aren’t necessarily evil. But what if she’s not really a Cylon since having the baby?
Also, did anyone else wonder if maybe this isn’t part of the reason that the Cylons are (were?) so intent on having babies? Maybe they realized their limitation biologically and are simply setting out to repair them. Granted, this does sort of beg the question of why a “race” that’s technologically advanced enough to bio-engineer flesh beings that can download their consciousness somehow can’t cure the cold. But still…
As I mentioned in the podcast, the disease isn’t gone. They just missed the opportunity to use it this one time. And for that matter, what other old ailments might Galactica have lurking around in their databases that could be used against the Cylons?
I truly hope this wasn’t just a one-off episode that intends to bring an issue as big as biological warfare to the table, then just sod off for greener pastures. This can of, um, plague has been opened, and you can’t just put it away now. Everyone but Helo and Adama wanted to sock it to ’em, and now they’re just going to forget about it? Not likely. We’re going to see this again.
The Humble Centurion
I know, I know. They’re just machine slaves with no mind. But I can’t help but think of Sharon talking about the raider, indicating that there are many levels of intelligence among Cylon creations.
We’re to assume that the ranking goes something like this: Centurion –> Raider –> Heavy Raider –> Skin Job –> Hybrid, I suppose.
But if these things can think at all, they’re not quite things, right? This season I’ve been fascinated by the centurions, and I’m convinced that they may yet have some organic components — contrary to everything we’ve heard from RDM and crew. Remember, until they dissect one on screen, RDM, like the famous astronaut, “reserves his God-given right to be wishy-washy.”
The fanbase as a whole seems to have ruled out a “rebellion” among the Cylon, but I’m not sure I can accept that. It’s not going to happen next week, nor probably the week after — hell, probably not this season. But should we all live cleanly enough to see season six (or ten), I suspect this is something that’s going to make the rounds.
Some quick news…
Last week we upgraded our gear here, so you’ll likely see the podcasts go public much earlier than you have in the past. Witness last night’s which went out Friday instead of Sunday. Woot!
I was also blown away with the “live commenting” during the episode this week. What a great idea! If youcan’t make it to alivefrak party, maybe we can help out withone each week here at GWC.com.I promise to create a “GWC Frak Party” post next Friday so you’ll have a better place to put the posts.Thanks again for your participation — without which this would just be us rambling…