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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Battlestar Galactica 2.13: The Miracle of Cylon Blood

The President is saved, Gaius becomes a traitor again and a rift grows between them.

From this episode, I think one thing is certain: Gaius has been compromised by the Cylons and the #6 that he sees is not him hallucinating but in fact he has been implanted with some sort of communication device which allows #6 to manipulate him at will. That’s the only explanation of why he let #6 have a nuclear weapon. I mean, honestly, no one can be that stupid. Can they? To undermine the survival of the human race to nurse the wounds of a battered ego would be up there on the list of idiotic things. But I guess this can be said of Gaius. His ego is pretty large and to be told off by the President like that must have hurt. But again, we have the interplay of #6 in his head, influencing him to give the nuke to #6 IRL. Oh well, looks like there is a huge internal mole and his name is Vice President Gaius. He really didn’t learn his lesson before when he nearly annihilated the human race the first time. He has to make sure he does it right this time.

Another aspect of the show that was interesting was the moral and ethical questions that arose when Gaius postulated that using the Cylon fetus blood would save the President’s life. The doctor stated that it was immoral and that, even though it might work, it was quite possible that she was meant to die, that it was her time to go. An interesting moral vs. science question that was tossed into the episode. Either way, Gaius saved the President’s life and now we’ve got a problem on our hands. She now knows that Gaius was the one who was responsible for the destruction that rained down on the colonies since he was the one that was fraternizing with #6. She saw all of this in her lucid state and it would have all been dandy as candy if she had died. But the man who was responsible for the Cylon attack is also the same man who has just saved her life.

As we have it right now, the fleet is divided. We have the Cylon sympathizers and we have everyone else who remembers, oh hey those Cylons attacked us first. And Gaius only made things worse with his concession of the nuke to #6. I just don’t get it. Why not call the President on her shit and work it out? Why listen to the freaking Cylon who is responsible for sabotaging your work and nearly destroying the human race as a result? I guess his ego got in the way of seeing the big picture; Cylons attacked the humans first and survival is of utmost importance.


  • Gaius is a weak petty man...these sort of men sadly litter history.

    I liked the ethical quandry the prophecy is in jeopardy (the woman who leads them to Earth must die before they reach it) so either they just bucked it or it's part of the prophecy (she will die at a later date)

    I also like the idea of rebels in the fleet...these sorts of things do pop up and I think it's an excellent demonstration as a natural part of government/societal creation (or re-creation in this case). How you choose to deal with dissent strongly impacts the destiny of the government. Although this dissent is special because it's being propagated by a Cylon.

    Oh how fascinating. Plus, how interesting is it that Rosiland was intimate with the pres of the 12 colonies and in the previous episode, she kissed Adama - she has a thing for authority figures!

    Okay, done for now. Bravo bravo.

    By Anonymous Kat, at 8:25 PM, January 21, 2006  

  • plus, the whole blood things...of all things to cure her...BLOOD. Brings us back to the religious references ya? What do you do at Catholic church (I went ONCE) is sip wine to represent the blood of Christ, Jesus died for our sins and saved us....hermmmmmm. Anyone here better with religion.

    By Anonymous Kat, at 8:34 PM, January 21, 2006  

  • I wonder what they'll use the Cylon baby's blood for now. I can see a miracle shake on the fleet market!

    By Blogger lampy., at 11:01 AM, January 22, 2006  

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