An Argument Against Foxholes
The legal mind says that Duck is at least working within the system, whereas Jammer is working around the system, which is dicey. I don't know. They both of them lose pretty hardcore -- again, some more -- I guess. But Duck is more adaptable than Jammer, generally, and he's in a much more direct situation, and I think that's what is going to fuck Jammer up: having to think on his feet. Because there's no task list for Jammer's story like there is for Duck's: just a continuing edge he has to walk and remember at any time that he may be making the wrong choice. He actually has to spend every second choosing between the Resistance and actual collaboration, whereas Duck just has to be several men at once. I think it would be better for everybody if the situations were reversed, but I don't know if I have any real strong backup for that opinion beyond the fact that even in the foxhole, Duck's way more of an atheist than Jammer can be trusted to stay true to the Resistance. Duck's a pilot so he has pilot stories, Jammer's got deck stories. Duck's story from here on out, it seems, is a detective story, but Jammer's is closer to an existential one, and I don't trust those bitches.
But also I feel like it really does go back to the Pegasus thing, which is that -- see, here I go quoting existentialism -- it's more important that you stay yourself, true to the thing you've declared, because that's all you have. Period. Like, I don't have a problem with Jean, because she's doing her thing, and I don't have a problem with Chief, because he's Chief. Cally's still Cally. Tigh's like Tigh with a little extra Tigh on top. The only people who have been seriously changed in this story are of course Duck and Jammer, and Duck's still Duck. He didn't go all foxhole religious or anything; he just resumed smoking and got a little more Jean-like. Duck had his support taken away, when Nora died, but Jammer handed his over the second he signed on to desecrate the Temple. And I don't know if that's a big difference or a small one, but it seems big to me, ethically speaking.
Duck puts his hand on Jammer's shoulder and tells him to take it easy, and they smile. Duck walks away, and Jammer finishes his cigarette. He pulls out Doral's keycard, looks at it a while... and heads down the middle of the street, toward the first building the Cylons ever built.