March 20, 2007

Battlestar Galactica -- March 18 edition

"Battlestar Galactica," the so-called "best show on television" is rapidly losing its way, although I must admit that this past Sunday's episode gave us a glimpse into what is drastically wrong with our legal system: The obfuscation of truth and justice for that of legal theatrics and pandering. And for those who are still making the connection between "Battlestar" and either Iraq or the general War on Terror, the episode seemed to be a perfect example of why terrorists do not warrant trials/hearings in civilian courts with all the usual rights and procedures granted to American citizens (and even non-citizens).

Although I still it find incomprehensible that something akin to martial law is not in effect among the Colonial fleet (y'know, 'cause a little thing called NEAR EXTERMINATION occured back in the Twelve Colonies and again on New Caprica), I for one am glad to see how Admiral Adama and President Roslin have ... changed, essentially, their views on "rights" and "procedures" regarding (in this case) the traitor Gaius Baltar. Consider: Under emergency circumstances, before and especially after the escape from New Caprica, Baltar has been granted full -- FULL -- legal rights in what, again, is not only an emergency situation, but clearly a MILITARY one, too. Some on "Galactica" discussion boards across the 'net have posited that the fleet's population "needs a sense of normalcy" after its almost-annihilation, hence this is why Baltar is getting a typical [civilian] trial. But why the press is all over the place, and why the 43rd person in line of presidential succession is making decisions in the middle of a military -- and entire species -- emergency is baffling.

I still can't buy it. Adama should be in control of the fleet and making the final decisions. Perhaps if this was the case, situations like that of the fuel ship wouldn't have happened. (It still never should have if this show made common [military] sense.) Situations like Baltar's should be dealt with by military tribunal -- with an impartial group of justices who mete out the final decision. And, without the press in attendance hanging on every utterance.

But, alas, this isn't the case. Baltar's lawyer, along with "assistant" Lee Adama, lay on the histrionics as they attempt to take apart the key witnesses against Baltar, notably President Roslin herself. Lee, full of anger and need for revenge (he resigns his military commission) for being verbally taken down by his admiral father, goes after Roslin with wanton abandon, pointing out her drug use for her cancer -- which can cause occasional hallucinations. As if this is somehow suppose to "exonerate" Baltar for his actions on New Caprica, in particular! "Maybe the president was hallucinating at the time!"

In addition, Col. Tigh is questioned (before Roslin, actually) about his wife in such a way that makes him out to be a villain other than defendant Baltar. He ultimately admits that he himself killed his wife for her Cylon collaboration -- even though the collaboration was to save Tigh's own life -- and the entire situational aspect of the New Caprica governance is glossed aside, as if Baltar had nothing to do with Tigh's wife's actions. This is what sets off Admiral Adama, I believe, more than anything, against Lee.

"Galactica's" writers seemed to have ditched the Cylon "They Have a Plan" schtick, probably because they have difficulty maintaining character traits of the main characters themselves from week to week, not to mention what even happened in scripts past! At this point, I'm hoping either Adama will wake the f*** up and institute martial law, or that the Cylons will finally discover the fleet, attack en masse, and destroy humanity once and for all.

Posted by Hube at March 20, 2007 06:31 PM | TrackBack

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I think whatever Tigh was listening to in the walls must be something that has been affecting the behavior of the entire crew, or most of them anyway.

Posted by: Watcher at March 20, 2007 11:37 PM

Let's put this in perspective: The man who could have single handedly wiped out the genocidal threat to humanity is given a pass. The man who collaborated (at gunpoint) in the deaths of thousands is the most reviled man on the ship.

Really? Really?

Posted by: Duffy at March 21, 2007 08:51 AM

TIgh was hearing Bob Dylan's "All along the Watchtower."

Dylan is enough to drive anyone crazy, I guess. I think the creator's choice of musical artist says something, but I'm not sure what.

As for what it all means: Next week is either going to be an awesome cliffhanger that means real answers next season, or a shrak jump so big all others will pale in comparison. We'll see.

Posted by: Ivan Wolfe at March 21, 2007 10:53 AM

Shark jump. I may watch a little longer but I'm already gone.

Posted by: JR at March 21, 2007 02:59 PM

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