Felix Gaeta is one of the most under-the-radar characters on the show. He doesn’t get the girl, he doesn’t get the Racetrack reveals of glory, and he doesn’t have many friends. Felix just tries to do the best he can and, more often than not, gets hosed for it.
Gaeta is like one of those people you see pictures of on the news. You know – the ones that always have 3 names, like Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth. They interview his neighbors and people who knew him and they say that he was always quiet and never caused any trouble with anyone. That’s Gaeta.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Gaeta a great deal. He has shown wonderful growth and could become a good strong character. But before he gets there he is gonna have to get off the “skulking in the shadows killer” train. I have to admit I was a bit shocked at his violence towards Gaius but somehow marveled at a guy who has done a complete 180.
Earlier in the show’s history Gaeta found the conspiracy against Baltar and brought it to light. Then A.N.C. (After New Caprica) he stabs him in the neck with a pen while trying to interrogate him. Something has obviously snapped in his brain -we just don’t know what yet.
I’m guessing that Felix looks ahead and sees Baltar getting his trial and getting let off or escaping punishment that he deserves and wanted to make sure that Baltar would not be spinning his stories and weaseling out of anything else. Though I don’t think anything will happen to him for it. Heck, Cally shot Boomer in front of 20 witnesses and just had to have some quiet time before all was forgiven. Maybe Felix figured he didn’t have a lot to worry about.