The first public performance of a play or movie
1. The person who holds the position of head of the government in the UK
2. The person who is head of state (in several countries)
Like most people out there in LJ-land (and I hardly replied to any of you because it just gets overwhelming when you have 20+ posts you want to reply to) I was profoundly disturbed by this episode.
Like evemac said, you either treat Cylons like machines or you treat them like humans. If they're machines, rape and torture will have no effect, if they're humans you're raping and torturing humans. Either way, all you're doing is de-humanizing yourself.
All I kept thinking when the people on the Pegasus were talking was that they were missing the point. The point that the President had to drive home for the people on the Galactica - the point now isn't to stay and fight, the point is to flee and live to fight another day. I can see why the Pegasus crew wouldn't come to the same conclusion; for them there was no other option than to fight. The fleet (because no matter what Cain might think, the civilian ships and the Galactica are the fleet now, no matter what her rank may be) knew that there was hope, they could actually rebuild a society. The Pegasus crew was, what? A few thousand men and women at most? For them the only thing they had left was to take out as many Cylons as they could before they died.
Another thing I kept thinking was that the president is the commander in chief, right? So she outranks the admiral and can put her out of commission, right? Because that's the only way out of this mess that I can see.
I was fairly bored by this episode, but then I did see it right after BSG, so my emotions may have still been kinda raw. The only thing I really remember reacting to was Charlie's origami waterlily, because that's one of my favorite ways to fold napkins. So, yeah...not too much thought going into that episode.
I've seen the first two episodes and it looks okay, but nothing spectacular. Of the four "otherwordly" pilots (this, Supernatural, Surface and Invasion) I'd say Invasion is the one I liked the most, Supernatural comes second, this is third and Surface is fourth. It's not so much that they're badly done, it's just that they feel like they should have aired in the mid 90s, not today.
I must say I'm not impressed by this year's crop of pilots so far. I've already decided against Bones (unless my flist suddenly proclaims it's brilliant, but I don't see that happening anytime soon), and the rest of the pilots have been okay, but nothing spectacular. Except for My Name is Earl, which I loved. I'll keep downloading most of the stuff for a while, but right now I can't really see anything but MNiE sticking.
And now I'm off to see last night's episode of Threshold.