Battlestar Galactica
Blood On The Scales

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 2 USERS: A+
Blood On The Scales

Wrapping up the cliffhanger: Narcho gives chase to the President's Raptor, while the Marines retrieve the unconscious Admiral and Colonel. Two Marines each are required to get them up and moving again. Tigh pulls it together enough to sass former LSO Aaron Kelly, whose part in this is pretty interesting. I never really noticed him, before he tried to kill Romo, but I guess that's sort of the point:

As the Landing Signal Officer, he was responsible for flight operations, launching and landing: like the opposite of Anastasia Dualla, or the third thing between her and Felix, being the home she called them back to. During the First Exodus, Kelly organized damage control in the bombed-out port flight pod while the Colonel was still trying to focus his eyes; soon enough, Tigh countermanded him and vented the whole thing. Kelly helped catch Aaron Doral, and when the Old Man was shot, Kelly became second-in-command. He took up Adama's cry against networking, and fought Felix on it even when they'd lost the whole Fleet.

When the Centurions boarded, it was Kelly -- with Felix and Saul -- who stopped them. During the year-plus of New Caprica, he played the Gaeta on Galactica, even though with Saul gone to the surface it was him, not Helo, who should have been XO. Afterward -- just like Felix, and Dualla before him -- he caught fire: tired of sending pilots to their deaths in a never-ending war, he declared himself broken beyond repair, and asked to be locked up so he could stop blowing up lawyers. This isn't just some beefy hottie we're dealing with: it's the guy in the vicinity of Lee and Tigh and Gaeta, chainwise. I had no idea what we'd lost the last time we saw him. Nor how sympathetic I'd be a year or two later.

So it's a bit more intense than we might think, when he says, "Admiral," and bleeding Bill won't even meet his eyes. Somewhere else Felix scratches at something that's not there anymore. The Raptor falls into Hotdog's range and Narcho orders him to take the target. Plodding, sweet Hotdog waits for Raptor ID, and Narcho screams at him to get it together, even as he's following. Laura hears their conversation and radios to Hotdog that she's on the Raptor. Gage jams it, in CIC, but it's too late. Hotdog knows about the mutiny, and knows who's on the ship. The Eight driving them shifts into a higher gear.

Narcho asks Hotdog WTF he's up to, and Hotdog dimly informs him that the President is totally on the Raptor; Felix picks up the phone to yell at Hotdog, but first Kelly arrives with the old men. First, Felix sends them both to the brig, to chill with their Cylon prisoners, but them realizes this game is going a certain way and he needs to get his satisfaction when he can: "Belay that. Put Tigh with the Cylons. Bring Adama up here now." Tummy hurting, Felix vireems to Hotdog's Viper, and tells him to follow the frakking order already. He never fires; The Eight gets all zoomy and flippy-ship just as Narcho's launching his missiles. They connect with one arm of the Basestar, and the Raptor lands. Felix hangs up. Let's see what Forster thinks:

Mature as he was, she might yet be able to help him to the building of the rainbow bridge that should connect the prose in us with the passion. Without it we are meaningless fragments, half monks, half beasts, unconnected arches that have never joined into a man. With it love is born, and alights on the highest curve, glowing against the gray, sober against the fire.

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