TWO: Being Gross In Church
Duck, Jammer, and Chief hang around a water tower, discussing the Resistance. Duck says that, as much as he'd love kicking "some chrome-plated ass" with them, he's got other plans. Like having a baby with the clearly marked for death Nora, for example. He bounces, and Jammer sighs. Chief -- who has no room to talk considering the last person he beat the shit out of married him for it -- is like, "Other plans what?" And Jammer spells out that he's talking about Nora. "So what! I've got a wife and a kid -- you don't think I worry about them? What kind of a future are we gonna leave them if we just lay down and quit?! That's just a spineless excuse." Also valid. I love the Chief.
Jammer says it's a matter of choice, and that they're still entitled to choose their level of involvement in life and revolution. Chief is not feeling him at all on this issue. But see, Chief's got a history of strength when it comes to this stuff, and a hell of a lot of practice subdividing love and fear, and giving up your dreams of the future in order to survive, and to help. They're both right, but Chief is slightly more right because he's already taken Option A, namely choosing your dreams of a happy future v. giving everything you've got to ensure the future, and it didn't work out, but now he's got both. He's already worked through the pain and shame of taking Duck's option, and of all things he's worked this one out for himself. If you take the Boomer situation and substitute Nora in, Duck's choice is clear: humanity, then romance. Bros before hos.
Inside the Temple tent, Jammer and Tigh are worshipping with Jean Barclay. Or so it would seem. Being an atheist, or not, in a foxhole, is a very different kind of thing than being a killer, or not, in a church. An opposite kind of thing, and the heart of this entire ten-part story. I support Jean Barclay -- she was one of the Buccaneer group in the original Caprica Resistance, the gorgeous scary redhead -- but compared to the Galactica people, I give her a lot more moral scratch paper. She was in the Shit, left behind when the Fleet jumped away, and she has been exposed to radiation, and had to hang out with Anders, and went from just a person to a guerilla in two seconds flat, and she survived. Compared to her, the regular cast is a bunch of pansies.
So they pray: "We give thanks for the food you have presented us. May this harvest be spared the blight. So say we all," they say. The priestess leaves, and Jean goes into the real deal: "We picked up all the weapons from the other sites. They're in crates marked 'Machine Parts.'" Which I question only because what if the Cylons thought that meant, like, hair extensions, and then the jig would be up. Jammer realizes she's talking about smuggling the weapons into the Temple itself, and wigs, because he's religious. Jean does not understand the problem, because that one time he was drowning in dead bodies up on Galactica was, like, a normal Tuesday to her. She's in a different world entirely. She blows up coffee shops! For kicks!