Oh, how I’ve missed my kickass space crush.
Spoilers abound below. Haven’t seen the ep, scroll as fast as you can past this post.
She’s a commissioned officer and a beloved pilot. Everybody that you wanted to love you, everybody that turned on you when you were so confused you couldn’t even begin to figure out your broken life, all those people now love her instead. The acceptance you were denied, she glories in. Her life isn’t broken, it’s gloriously fixed. That impossible balance you could never walk, between human and Cylon, she’s walking it with strength and beauty. She’s denying you free movement in the halls that you used to call home. She’s standing on the ground where you died and looking at you with pity and love; nobody wants the embarrassment of absolution.
All that being said, the moment Sharon stepped away from Caprica once they were back on Galactica?Cold. And awesome. I love the look they gave each other, this very deliberate, “You knew how it was gonna go down, so don’t even start” exchange. Occasionally I feel sorry for Caprica. Only very occasionally, because, bitch crazy, but still. Helo shooting Sharon was heartbreaking. He had to know she was coming back, but there’s knowing and knowing. I used to think Helo was as dumb as a bag of hammers. My respect for him continues to grow.
Speaking of sympathy, I’m about to go on at length about how little I have for Dualla and it’s got nothing to do with approving of what Lee’s doing. Lee’s being an asshole. This whole “he’s too honorable to cheat on you” thing is something Lee has cooked up in his own head and impressed upon everybody else, like being married to Dualla is an act of charity, like he’s doing her a favor by doing everything but sticking his dick into Starbuck. Um, no. The honorable idea of himself is how he gets through the day thinking he’s a good guy, and it’s how Starbuck makes excuses for him and how she gives herself an out, and it’s got nothing to do with what’s actually going on.
No, the reason I don’t have a whole lot of sympathy for Dualla as she’s being written is that you just can’t tell me she didn’t know Lee and Kara had this psycho-sexual-adolescent-death-junkie fascination with each other and sooner or later it was going to burn everybody around them up in its little self-centered conflagration of hot sex and misery. Lee and Kara are not subtle.
Like Sam, you know? Sam, much like Tigh, knows his wife sleeps around and knows he loves her anyway and is trying to negotiate that in his head. I wonder how much of Starbuck’s marriage to Sam is about Tigh. Maybe I’m the only one who sees something fucked-up and intense between Tigh and Starbuck. The flying and the drinking and the gambling. Granted Starbuck isn’t quite as bugfuck as Ellen was, but she’s got a few more years to go all the way crazy.
My own view of Dualla before “Unfinished Business” was that she knew about Lee and Kara’s whacked-out only-half-about-sex thing with each other, loved him anyway, and was prepared for whatever was going to happen. Instead, she’s this girl who lied to herself and hoped. I’m not saying she should have planned for her husband being a dick, because that’s his responsibility, not hers … I’m saying she’s a smart girl, I don’t like seeing love make her stupid. I don’t know. Lee’s not my type. I can’t comprehend making that kind of leap of self-delusion for him. Now, Adama? There’s a man I would lie to the mirror for.
Speaking of which, not enough Adama. I hope we get to see Cottle with the kid next week. Did Cally lose a bunch of weight or was she always that tiny? And I think we were supposed to infer from D’Anna’s conversation with one of the Five that she’d met him/her before, so who do y’all think it was?