Battlestar Galactica

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Jacob Clifton: A | 3 USERS: B-
The Girl Hanging By One Foot

"Which side are we on? We're on the side of the demons, Chief. We're evil men in the gardens of Paradise. Sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go. I'm surprised you didn't know that...I've sent men on suicide missions in two wars now, and let me tell you something. It don't make a Godsdamn bit of difference whether they're riding in a Viper or walking out onto a parade ground, in the end they're just as dead. So take your piety and your moralizing and your high-minded principles, and stick 'em someplace safe." -- Colonel Saul Tigh, Executive Officer, Galactica. Cylon, Terrorist, Murderer. Razor. Forgiven.

Helena breathes, takes up the PA, and tells a lie. "This is your Admiral. I know there have been a lot of rumors going around about the destruction that's been visited on our homeworlds by the Cylons. I would like to tell you that they're exaggerations, but in fact, they don't even come close to conveying the horror that's just been unleashed among us. The facts are that our Colonies have been destroyed, our cities have been nuked, and our Fleet's gone too. So far, there are no indications of any other survivors. I imagine you're all asking yourselves the same question I am: What do we do now? Do we run? Do we hide? I think those are the easy choices." And in their time, the Galactica will do both, again and again. And any time they make the easy choice, they are punished, horribly.

"A philosopher once said: 'When faced with untenable alternatives, you should consider your imperative.' Look around you. Our imperative is right here. In our bulkheads, in our planes, in our guns, and in ourselves. War is our imperative." It's funny, because it's lexically not that far from what I am always saying in these recaps, which is: Where do you go, what do you do when you can't get out? You turn into something else. And that's all she is doing, and she would never ask of anybody something that she wouldn't do first herself.

"And if right now, victory seems like an impossibility, then there is something else to reach for. Revenge. Payback. And so, we will fight. Because in the end, it's the only alternative our enemies have left us. I say let's make these murdering things understand that as long as this crew and this ship survive that this war that they started will not be over. Thank you."

If you could see time, if you could see everything at once, like a Hybrid, you could pick up your projection and set it down again, anywhere you wanted. And you might set down on Galactica, and if you did, you'd hear things, because what's going on at precisely this moment is that Adama is talking. And here's what he's saying: "Mourn Caprica later. Right now, the most important thing you can do is get this ship into the fight." And the Secretary of Education is asking whether anyone's discussed the possibility of surrender, and learning that it was the President's first and last move.

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Battlestar Galactica




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