Gaius and the Cylons
We learnt that Cylons are all formed of the same genetic pool. For all that, the Cylons have a very dispassionate approach to each other. The calmness with which Six passed Eight doing tai chi naked subtly implies that there is an assumed lack of attraction between Cylons. Six also responded with shock to Gaius's exclamation of 'am I a Cylon?' Presumably the idea of falling in love with another Cylon would be repulsive to her. Although it also seems clear that Six genuinely believes he is not a Cylon.
The fact that Cylons use projection constantly is fascinating. It explains a lot about their disconnection from humans and their seemingly dispassionate natures. They are not burdened by the physical world in the way that humans are. It was also fascinating to see Gaius explore the idea that he may be a Cylon because he experiences projection. There's a lot of evidence to suggest that Gaius is a Cylon--the Six-in-his-head told him about projection before flesh-and-blood-Six did. I wondered whether Gaius could be a sleeper model whose capacity for projection is triggered by love. On a related topic, I'm glad that Gaius asked about the five Cylon models we haven't seen--I've been wondering about that so much, so I'm glad it was acknowledged within the show. Could it be possible that the other Cylons haven't seen them? If so, I think there's a strong case for Gaius being a Cylon, but it could easily go the other way as well.
I'm not surprised that the Cylons have also set their sights on Earth. I liked Gaius's look of panic about it, and his frenzy to reassure them that he had been working on finding its coordinates when he realised that it could help him stay alive. Oh, Gaius! I also loved Six-in-his-head talking him into going to the infected ship. It impressed actual Six--she called it a 'truly selfless act', but we know he was thinking of himself.
The hybrid is fascinating--very Borgy, I thought. So the Cylons are susceptible to infection--interesting. I liked that some of them denied it as impossible, but others thought it inevitable in human form. They've obviously tried to make themselves invincible against normal biological infections, but there's something that's overpowered them.
Seeing the Six on the infected ship freak out and assume that Gaius had set them up was really chilling, as was Gaius's strangulation of the woman he loved to shut her up. Her claims were mirrored by the suspicions of the other Cylons when he returned to the base ship. Lying to the Cylons may not have been the best move for Gaius.
Gaeta: the good Gaius
It was good to see that Gaius had been working on something but I also loved seeing Gaeta take over. He may not be a genius, but quite frankly I'd rather have a hard-working scientist than a batshit insane egotistical genius at the helm of that project! ;-) And I loved his astute observation of Gaius's genius lying in self-preservation.
Helo and Sharon are such a blissfully happy couple right now--why do I think that won't last?! Athena's a pretty full-on call sign for Sharon to take on--it seems like the show's setting her up for a fall. She's the golden child in Adama's eyes right now, but for how long?
Is back! Phew! ::weeps with relief:: But let me put it on record first that that was the WORLD'S MOST POINTLESS AND UNINTERESTING CHARACTER PLOT ARC EVER. Seriously. He gained the weight, he lost it... for what?! And hello with the insanely fast shaping up! But hey, I'm not going to harp on that. Let's just move on and put that behind us...
I like that Helo's being a supportive buddy to Lee now, not Kara. That says a lot about who he is. He's won his own position on Galactica now and he values those who are loyal to the ship and the crew. While I'm sure he still cares about Kara, he's not the type to reach out to her right now. And she needs firm treatment anyway, not a shoulder to cry on.
It is driving me CRAZY that we don't know what the rift between Kara and Lee is. Wow, the call about opening up an airlock was full on! But then, when Lee gets his bitch on, he doesn't do it by halves! But despite that, I enjoyed seeing them back in the sky together. And they're fun when they hate each other! Lee's despairing 'stay in formation, Starbuck...' set me groaning because I knew she wouldn't. Oh dear! Starbuck at her most reckless! Though I was pleased to see them showing that even when she's out of control she's a shit-hot pilot... much better than in Scar! And I thought the rivalry between her and Kat (Katrina!) was really well handled. I think it's especially interesting now that there are more pilots than birds.
It seems as if Kara's response to her recent trauma is an exaggerated form of her normal rebelliousness. It suggests, to me at least, a connection between Leoben's emotional abuse and the earlier abuse she suffered from her mother (if we believe Leoben). Her total rejection of Kasey was fitting when she was in her usual mode of denying what she'd gone through. In some ways, Kasey could be read as her child self--when she was injured, Kara immediately identified heavily with her. And in the final scene where they embrace, Kara's face looks like that of a frightened hurt child. Kasey had been playing with a doll--which triggered me to think of the way that children role play at parenting. In some ways, Leoben's torture involved regressing Kara to a childlike state. In that state, it's almost as if she thinks she can 'save' herself by parenting her child-self (Kasey). But that illusion is shattered when Kasey's real mum takes her back. Now Kara faces the reality of the situation--and it is Kasey that comforts her, not vice versa. Because Kara needs to admit it's herself that needs rescuing and care and good parenting. She needs to move from externalising it to internalising it constructively.
Beyond this, I'm not sure though... I can't really see Kara Thrace having a two year old friend on a long term basis, but if contact with her helps her to move on, then that's good.
Tigh and Starbuck holding court in the pilot's rec room was fascinating. I'm glad the morale issue got fed back to Adama quickly, and I adored the way he confronted them. Normally I'd find that sort of military bullying and strong-arming over-the-top or unconvincing. Who, I would wonder, would actually respond to this?! Starbuck, that's who! When it comes from Adama. The minute he challenged her I knew it would work. But Tigh's the really interesting one--because he's undergone a far more permanent scarring. I love that he is being haunted by his wife and is completely losing it in drink. (I mean, it's terrible, but it's so right.)
Under slightly less extreme circumstances, I think Adam's speech to Tigh would have worked. But I don't think Adama could imagine that Tigh himself killed Ellen, and that trauma is just too great for Tigh to bear right now. As Adama says he is full of hatred and bile--it's as if there is nothing left of him but that.