I Look From Face To Face: Galactica


I probably ought not to have watched it right before I went to sleep, right? Because all my dreams were of bare walls and light.


More under the cut. And inthis thread.

Quick takes: I never liked Ellen before. What a hot mess. Brother Cavil is ruining Quantum Leap backwards for me is how creepy Dean Stockwell is. I hate Cally but love the idea of her character, so elemental and pure.For the love of God somebody turn a hose on Baltar before the grease starts a fire of some kind. The Adama father/son dynamic continues to break my heart in a million little pieces and it’s gotten to the point where I’m halfway to crying every time they’re so much as on screen together. And a heartyhee to the using of Pyramid cheers as signals between Anders and Galactica Sharon.

Dualla telling Lee she married him because he reminded her of his father? Oh, they didnot just go there, but so very deeplyyeah. Sharon as Adama’s confessor? Again with the yeah. I’m writing fanfiction about those two because that was some crazy space sex, I think.


I know people are going to fanwank this to death, but leave out the suicide bombings and to me it’s not so much analogous to Iraq as it is to Ireland. Networks of safe houses, informants, killing so-called collaborators, hidden caches of weapons … maybe it’s a common thread in all insurgencies in history, but that’s what came to my mind first, being hip-deep in yet another biography of Michael Collins and my annual re-reading of Trinity. And maybe I need to start reading about Vichy France because there’s some of that in there, too, clearly, with Baltar and his crazy.


Laura’s viciousness, the ice water in her veins that Tigh talked about? Thinking on it over the summer I couldn’t understand why she’d have gone down to New Caprica, but there’s a certain amount of “I need to see this through to the frayed ends of it” about her, isn’t there? You could see the wheels turning in her head as she stood speaking to Zarek about what she’d almost done and how at the time, it seemed so much worse but now, now that she’d seen the human race get what it deserved for electing Baltar, she wished she’d just given up her soul for it. I love Laura writing new Scripture, just as the scrolls were written: all of this has happened before and all of it will happen again.


Starbuck. Leoben.Jacob’s always saying he can’t stand to see anything caged; I wanted to claw through the televison set and tear open the bars and set her free. Perhaps the most human thing about the entire show was those scenes: a man, for all intents and purposes, believing he can teach a woman to love him through punishment and reward, with a child in between, because isn’t that one of the oldest stories? Shank him in the neck but it still keeps happening, over and over, all of this has happened before and all of it will happen again, and Casey doesn’t even exist to Leoben except as a new mechanism of punishment. The robots look like people and they’re blind like them, too, in that all we ever do is make different and more creative mistakes.


Tigh, the radio contact, Tyrol making things work despite everything being broken. I love my crazy space show.

A.

ps. Forthis I can’t come up with anymore more articulate than “WTF?”

7 thoughts on “I Look From Face To Face: Galactica

  1. The thing I found most heart breaking? Casey.
    That is just messed up. And,
    Spoiler…
    When she fell? I’m guessing that she was pushed. I expected to see a video.

  2. Oh, that NBC thing is f*cked up. I don’t want one of the regular networks to get ahold of this gem. No.

  3. Here’s the thing I took from this episode. Well, among a million others…
    The majority of the Cylons were never *really* converted, a la Caprica and Boomer. This was a new thing they were trying on, but it was never really going to click with them. The idea that they needed to save the humans rather than destroy them is just a game. They’re mostly hypocrites. Hence Leoben and his experiment with Cara. When the chips are down, they’ll revert to type.
    Note, however, that I don’t necessarily believe that’s what will happen with Caprica and the Boomers. I think they might actually have changed. But they can’t save the Cylons from themselves.
    And yes, Spocko, I’m with you. Leoben totally pushed Casey.

  4. maybe it’s a common thread in all insurgencies in history, but that’s what came to my mind first, being hip-deep in yet another biography of Michael Collins and my annual re-reading of Trinity.
    Erm…It was the first TIVOed show I watched after getting off the plane from Ireland. Where the news was all about the talks in Scotland on devolution.
    Imagine my reaction.
    And how can you reread Trinity. My heart broke on the first reading. I cannot read it again…

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