Again with the emails. Look. If you think demanding excellence -- of yourself, of your peers, of a television show -- is "overreacting," I imagine that the day-to-day is very easy, if not that impressive or challenging. From where I'm standing, there's no reason not to try. There's never a reason to accept mediocrity. From yourself or from other people. I will never understand that lazy concept, that sometimes things...just suck. Why? Why should anything suck, ever? Why am I insane for asking that question? What's the problem with asking a person, or a show, to perform to its own high standards? If my need for approval didn't get me up in the morning, my morbid fear of failure would do it instead. I don't know any other way to think or live, and if I find you confusing, or if you think I'm accusing you of evil witchcraft or even just settling for piss-poor episodes, that's why: I don't get it, and I don't want to get it. It's not about you, I don't know you. Saying that I hated an episode that you didn't mind isn't an attack on you, it's an attack on quality control. I'm not asking you to be more like me, but I am asking for the space to have an opinion. My opinion is that the show doesn't need to suck. There's not a certain number of shitty episodes that they hand out to each show at the beginning of the year, there's not a quota system for mediocrity. It's not a necessary part of the system, or the equation. Just because some episode of some other show you like also sucked is still no reason for that episode, or this episode, to suck. I would so rather you tell me the "Maelstrom" recap tried and failed, which in some respects I would agree, than for you to just shrug and say everybody writes a shitty recap from time to time. Everybody getting better, everybody trying harder, everybody rising, all the time, or else what's the point?
Lee snits that since Adama's now on the tribunal, he can't be allowed to attend the depo. Which... is so cute, because the fact that Adama's now on the tribunal is SO MUCH MORE RETARDED AND EVIL than whether or not he's privy to any kind of counsel. It's not even OPPOSING counsel, because he's a judge -- and not to mention... you know what, whatever. It has to be this way, narratively, and I'm not going to bitch or lay that at poor Angeli's feet. I just think it's funny that they're going on and on about fairness and meanwhile the whole thing is such a radical kangaroo court monstrosity that they're having to overlook. Surely this could be more elegantly ignored. Roslin says that Lee has a point in leaving Adama out of the interview, and Bill tells her that there is absolutely no way: "I monitored the chief prosecutor's interview. Therefore, same conditions apply. In the interest of fairness."