Battlestar Galactica

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 1 USERS: B-
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What excites me, before we get started, is the way the layers are starting to coalesce. The whole mono/poly thing, from another angle, describes the differences between these two great races: people who are in one place and are one person and then die, and people who live in many bodies and places and never die. From another angle, it describes the heart of politics, Colonial or otherwise, and that's why Lee's always been my favorite -- and Laura's, even though we don't like to admit it -- because he embodies that tense balance between the one and the many -- political as personal/personal as political -- the same way I used to talk about Cally and Barolay embodying viewpoints.

And off the political angle and into the religious one, of course, we have a classic Gnostic (Yeah, sorry, but I actually have to this time; "Maelstrom" pretty much directly stated that this is a Gnostic -- specifically Valentinist, actually -- story, and it's an area of my paltry expertise, and helps codify this episode a great deal) trinity where Archon (Fake God/Model One) Brother John Cavil the One thinks he's playing dice with the universe, but the Demiurge (Real God/Number n/zero/infinity), acting through His Angels, is gaming the table. The major political jump made by Jesus -- monotheism 2.0 -- was to eliminate the intermediaries of the priesthood and express the personal connection we each have with God (which was immediately rewritten by the Apostles after his death, to retain political power in the form of hierarchical priesthood), which is where the Gnostic heresy comes in. In this story, that role is played by Leoben (Two, note, the next thing after One), who tells Kara again and again -- both in real, rapey form and in angel form at the Maelstrom -- that she's there already, touching the divine Real God(s) and painting the sky, and by the Hybrids, who can't squash their perceptions down to three dimensions just like Sam in this episode and just like Cavil is pissin' him panty about, like the bumberclot he is.

And then in this episode, Bill conflates the me/you question with Laura's illness, but still manages to transcend his own hardness once again. But the most interesting angle right now, characterwise, is Laura Roslin, because she's bridging the gap between opposites on two layers, both religiously and politically, and it's breathtaking to watch: her hardness arose equally from her religious certainty and her task of saving the human race at the cost of its own humanity. An angel wearing Elosha's face, arising from the Hybrid's song; Emily Kowalski on a barge, listening to Baltar's. And watching Laura so gently surrender both of these, out of her own dignity and capacity for love, prodded by her better angels and those of God, has been an incredibly beautiful theme throughout the season. I thought Ellen and Adama would be the ultimate OTP opposition, fighting over Saul, but it may be a MILF war after this week, just considering where everybody's ended up. I've always believed that it matters less what you believe or where you start than the fact of changing, because by crossing any bridge you get to be both. You get bigger. And as kind and wise as this Ellen is, she fucked up just as badly as Laura did, and they both did it for the same reason: love.

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Battlestar Galactica




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