By DAN COMPORA
Source: SyFy Portal
The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode "He That Believeth In Me" of the SciFi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica."
After waiting nearly a year for “Battlestar Galactica” to return, we get a cliffhanger ending with the fearsome words, “To be continued.” But the ride to that point was quite fun, so really, who cares?
As season premieres go, it did what it had to do: It brought back Starbuck and raised enough questions for the next 19 episodes to answer.
Of course, this show is not just about Starbuck. The conflicted four Cylons who are part of the crew are hiding their secret. They simply don’t know when they may lose their sense of self and turn on the crew. Such internal conflicts make for great drama.
If there is one negative, I was pretty certain they wouldn’t turn during the first episode of the season, making some of these conflicts a bit less significant. Still, I loved it when Starbuck told Sam she’d kill him if he turned out to be a Cylon. Foreshadowing, perhaps?
Miracles were the order of the episode, with Starbuck’s return hailed as a miracle and Gaius Baltar seemingly performing a miracle by healing the child. Obviously, the show is heading toward some level of spiritual or religious epiphany. The battle with the Cylons thus far has been about survival, but adding religious elements evokes images of a holy war.
I’m glad that “Galactica” is willing to take on such material. The secularization of the entertainment world has really bothered me over the last decade. I’m glad this show isn’t afraid to raise questions, even when I don’t like the answers.
This brings me to the whole Gaius Baltar scenario. I might as well generate the inevitable hate mail now, but I simply don’t care much about Baltar anymore. This whole path to a deifying him just isn’t working for me.
I know writers love ambiguous characters whose moral codes are well into the grey area, but they are getting overused. “Alias” beat Arvin Sloan into the ground, and “Smallville” has ridden Lionel Luthor about three seasons too many. If this weren’t “Galactica’s” last season, I‘d say drop him out the hatch and develop someone new. But we’ve gone this far with him, so we might as well see it through to the end. Can he find redemption, and if so, at what cost?
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