On the Demetrius, Kara continues doing her irritating Kara shit, until the point a Cylon Raider -- hurting from Cavil's whole annihilation deal -- arrives bearing a random Cylon willing to deal, and help them find Earth. And that Cylon's name? Leoben, duh: The only possible thing that could make shit on the Demetrius even weirder and harder to administrate. Everybody, especially Athena, assumes that Kara is going crazy for the 85th time, thanks once again to good old Number Two, but he swears it's going to work out. Sam the Cylon is so happy to have a moment alone with Leoben to beat the frak out of him for settling Kara into her imaginary life on a pretend planet with imaginary wedding gifts, but it's made all ambiguous for him because he's a toaster now. Chief the Cylon continues to flip out, getting suicidal again and even flirting with the idea of seeking advice from Batshit Baltar but eventually going nuts on Baltar instead. Baltar's very sad "But why don't you like me?" speech explains once again why nobody trusts Baltar, but I can think of nothing funnier than if all the Final Fivers lose their minds so completely in the middle of Laura's ongoing transformation that Gaius Baltar starts looking like the safer choice. And finally, Starbuck's mutiny comes to a head when Gunny Matthias is accidentally killed. Kara removes Helo as XO, promoting Gaeta only to find that he -- surprise! -- doesn't trust her either.
THIS IS NOT ALL THAT WE ARE
(Two Women are offered Mutiny.)
When religion is sufficiently large in the life of a people, you start getting into mythical micromanagement, these guardian spirits all over the place: household gods, gods of places, gods of stuff, gods for people and schools of thought. The personal spirit, somewhere between god and man, like a demigod or an angel, goes by many names: genius is one, daemon is another. Daemon is a funny word, obviously, and genius switched up on us too. But this week we're looking at daemons all over the place. You have to go way back to see where the story split, before Plato, pre-rational. Hesiod called the daemons of the dead "great and good," and talked about how various awesome historical people were turned into daemons, angels basically, by Zeus, to serve as invisible guardians. The word comes down to "full of knowledge," or "divine power," or "fate."
When the daemon is on you, you have two choices. On the Demetrius there's a girl who fought her daemon with everything she had, for a quarter-century: threw the finger at fate at every opportunity, because humans are imperfect but it only stings when it's your parents. And of all the things she burned off, in death, the most important was this bitterness, this resentment, this confusion of the pain and the glory of revelation. I want to get into this early, because I've always thought the most interesting part of the Hero's Quest is the end part, when the Hero comes back to town with magic powers, talking to birds or whatever, in contact with divinity, and everybody looks at him crazy. And the reason everybody looks at him crazy is because, by all standard measure and by all the things that make us a society and not a monstrosity: he is. He can't tie his shoes, he can't walk straight, can't balance his checkbook; he can't summon the right words to speak, because he's learned a better language. He is insane.
It's the most interesting part to me because it's where civics and sociology intersect with the person's actual, subjective, personal experience of God. It's the part where Antigone tells the lawmen to fuck off, because she loved her brother and the Gods more than whatever crack Creon's smoking. It's the part where Cassandra refuses to sit down and shut up, knowing full well she's flying blind and all alone. But she's an ace. When your daemon tells you things that can't possibly be true, your option is to follow it -- search, unbending, for Earth; wait for the day when Crazy Six Baby Math finally comes true -- or lay down before the world outside, and take the road more usually traveled, and give up your angel to fear.