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February 17th, 2006

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11:02 pm - BSG - 2.17 - "The Captain's Hand"

"How Humanity is Stupid But Baltar Really IS a Genius"

First: General thoughts on the episode
Second: A long write-up on Baltar

***please, if you happen to know the plots of future episodes cuz you work for Ron Moore or something, don't spill them here: keep it all to speculation. ;).

"The Captain's Hand"

Okay, when did Gina tell Baltar to run for prez, and when did a new commander of Pegasus get chosen? Are these retcons, or am I spacing out during episodes?

And about the command of Pegasus: that's what, 3 commander's dead in how many weeks? Dude, the command is totally cursed - I think Lord Voldemort might have applied and been turned down for the position....

Kara manages to piss off another superior officer, Lee attempts fails to keep the peace: no surprises there.

Kara ends up back on Galactica: I predict she will be Tigh's new drinking buddy.

Aw, Adama misses Billy too, unlike some people *cough* Dee *cough*

"The Bucket" and "The Beast"????

Lee as commander? Yuck - not that he isn't capable, I just think he deserves to live a little more: he's way to young to be forced into a command - he should be out flying vipers and drinkin' with the buds, not being a boring, stressed out commander (besides, two people have been brutally murdered in his new quarters - creepy). And Mrs. Tigh is really gonna start gunning for him now.

Lee and Kara made up: liked the way that went down - genuine and heartfelt, but not overdone.

Outlawing abortion?! Oh, Roslin, Roslin...your political games are really coming back to haunt you today: first the religious fanatics feel like you "owe them" because you played the religious card, then Baltar, who was meant to be a puppet, totally pwns you at the press conference (the look on her face was priceless!).

Not to mention that outlawing abortion isn't really going to make that big of a difference in upping the birth rate - if things were really as dire as Baltar "claimed" they were, I think a few less abortions isn't going to make a difference. In fact, now that you, Ros, have outlawed abortion, women are still going to get them - half of them will just die in botched procedures, frakking up the population even more. Of course Ros, you aren't totally to blame: Adama was dumb to suggest it would make a difference.


I have to say it: Baltar deserves to be president.

Not because he's a just leader or particularly capable of protecting the remnants of humanity - he's neither by default - but because he's clearly earned it via his wit. The man may be batshit crazy, but politics is like "Survior" and the President the one who takes home the million bucks: Baltar has managed to Outwit, Outlast and Outplay - and I don't think its stops with Roslin (but more on that later).

I have to pity Baltar, because in the wake of humanity's near destruction and his guilt-wreaked mind because of his role in it, I think he could have turned his narcissm around and found a new appreciation for life. Maybe I'm giving him too much credit, but I think there was one big thing that stopped the above from happening: he remained a pawn until it twisted him.

What do I mean by "remaining a pawn"? It's difficult to think of Baltar as anybody's "bitch" with his enormous ego, but hear me out on these folks who have used Baltar to their own advantage:
1) Six (the original): At worst Gaius used her for sex; she used him to destroy his entire race - ouch.
2) Roslin: Ros only picked Gaius for VP because he seemed the least threatening to her power and authority: he had the fame and general popularity, but was politically ignorant - perfect for her own image and easy to manipulate. Soon as he started disagreeing with her, he was a nuisance. She never gave a rat's backside what he thought about policy or the people of the fleet.
3) Gina: at first I really pitied Gina, and I think she could have been Baltar's actual salvation in a human (not religious) sense: finally a person he could do good for and earn back some of his humanity....but then she starts acting like Six with her "plans" for him.
4) Zarek: at this point, can you blame Zarek for getting on the "let's make Baltar my bitch" wagon? Now it seems Zarek wants to use Baltar much like Ros, only this time it seems Zarek probably figures he can make Baltar his puppet, his proxy in the Presidency who will push Zarek's agenda.

But here's the problem: Baltar's caught on.

I think Baltar finally realized his continued role as a pawn when Gina went from helpless victim to manipulator (I'd say in "Epiphanies" - you know, all the classic Six-speak about "saving" Gaius, stepping up to the plate, etc, etc). Remember his line to Gina: "I am not who you think I am. And I will not be the destruction of mankind." When he gave her a nuke-basket at the end of the episode, I figured he was reverting to the old whipped Baltar, despite his earlier ballsy statement. Now I'm not so sure: I think he was just playing along, turning the tables on Gina and everyone else who was manipulating him: he never changed his mind since he declared he was "not who you think I am."

That being said, I think Baltar is on to Zarek: oh sure, he'll play naive and let Zarek think he's a fool that can be manipulated for the sake of Zarek's support, but it ends there. He's already shown he can turn the tables on Roslin: I predict Zarek will be no different. Notice too the fact that Baltar addressed Zarek by first name: no deference to Zarek, no attempt to show formality: he doesn't see Tom Zarek as the respectable "Mr. Zarek", just "Tom."

But what's more compelling about Baltar's turning of the tables is the question of how far will it extend? To Gina? To the cylons? "Six", figment of a disturbed mind or implanted chip, seems to think she's got Baltar wrapped around her finger, but does she really?


5 pennies given | penny for your thoughts?


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Date:February 17th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
ahhh, gotcha: thanks! ;)
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Date:February 18th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Baltar is a very brilliant man -- when in his element, of course. Science is his forte, without question. He could macGyver a folder into an FTL Drive. When one understands something so well, one knows the rules of the game. Baltar (for the first time in a long while) was a virgin when it came to politics. He could have easily endeavored to understand it and manipulate its methods to his liking, but paid little mind to it. It wasn't until he was ushered into it by Roslin and Six did he take interest. Roslin tried to keep him tethered down, while Six encourage him.

I believe Roslin, Zarek, and Gina are trying to use him through manipulation. They see him as ignorant and a fool. Six, however, is molding him through manipulation. She used him a long time ago. She gained access to the mainframe on Caprica to destroy the Colonial fleet. It worked. So, why stick around? Six saw great potential in him. Unused, of course.

Like all great men, they need to be molded and reshaped. And, who better to do it then a willful sex-goddess in your head?
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Date:February 20th, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
I agree- I'm not a big Baltar fan, but the abortion double-cross was beautifully played.
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Date:February 20th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
Psst, mind if I add you to my friends list? I'm enjoying your episode reactions a lot. :) Plus I *heart* Baltar 4eva (you know, in a creepy-yet-pathetic-bastard kind of way) so it's cool to see some discussion of his character.

Okay, when did Gina tell Baltar to run for prez, and when did a new commander of Pegasus get chosen?
The weird thing is, I'm not even sure that the Gina one was a deleted scene - wasn't that the same part from "Epiphanies" where Roslin was almost dead? He wouldn't even need to run against her at that point. He'd just have to, um, NOT cure cancer? I thought maybe they just dubbed in those extra lines to explain the political situation really quickly.
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Date:February 20th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've got the love for Baltar too, pathetic SOB that he is. ;) He's also the most interesting character IMHO.

You can definately add me - I would totally be honored + love feedback.

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