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Battlestar Galactica - Unfinished Business

December 28, 2006


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Most episodes of Battlestar Galactica are dark and heavy, but are equally well designed and mature, so as to draw audiences back to the screen each week.

While losing none of these qualities, "Unfinished Business" does have a different tone to it. That is, sadness....

Sad because, Starbuck has no ability set the bounds for her torment and rage. They serve her well in the Viper, but render her helpless, in many other aspect of her life, hence her run in with Apollo.

Sad because, Apollo simply wants to do good by coming out clean. Afterall this is a Lee Adama, who has presumably come to terms with his own past, such as his guilt over his
ex-girlfriend who he left after she got pregnant and walked out on (though admitedly this was dealt with in a previous episode). Kara's last minute marriage comes to him as a punch in the guts and is probably one of the most heart breaking scenes I have witnessed lately.

Sad because (and perhaps realistic) because the only thing that people
have to look forward to at the end of the day with the threat of Cylons looming over them is a fight to punch out each other.

However, from everything a lesson can be learned.

Adama makes his speech to the crew and confides in his mistake for letting
them get too close. In contrast, Kara and Lee fight it out, and get the closeness
that they want and need.

This episode reminds me of a quote/passage from the movie, "The Upside of Anger"

"The only upside to anger, then... is the person you become... hopefully someone
that wakes up one day and realizes they're not afraid of its journey, someone
that knows that the truth is, at best, a partially told story. That anger, like
growth, comes in spurts and fits and in its wake, leaves a new chance at
acceptance and the promise of calm"

Whether or not Kara (whose story has only been partially told until now) and Apollo will establish some "common ground" and get things going, remains to be seen.

What also remains to be seen is the "Unfinished Business" between Baltar and
Cylon Caprica. There is definitely something brewing between them, something
more than a simple nightcap can take care of, and above all something more than his projection of her, can offer. As will be seen in subsequent episodes, he does have other priorities...

Happy holidays,

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Jakester 1/4/2007 10:47:42 PM
Nicely done. You got banged! Next time maybe I'll add a finger up the ass. I know a lot of people called this episode a "filler" episode, and I guess it is, in that it doesn't really advance the overall plot. I still hold that it is an important and interesting episode because it does advance *character* and if we don't care about the characters, why should we care about their collective journey?
michaelxaviermaelstrom 1/5/2007 12:42:08 AM
re: "The only upside to anger, then... is the person you become... hopefully someone that wakes up one day and realizes they're not afraid of its journey, someone that knows that the truth is, at best, a partially told story. That anger, like growth, comes in spurts and fits and in its wake, leaves a new chance at acceptance and the promise of calm" I would be the one that snuck in and silently banged you and then snuck out without staying to spoon or light up a post-coital smoke. But you reached there for a minute, even if the only thing I can add to that is.. ..what happens if the respite and calm never comes? but instead the hits keep relentlessly coming., as you watch your world fall apart and you slowly disintegrate? so that the only options then ..are.. to go silent as the parts of you that are not torn apart., self-destruct. OR to (loudly - Ed) LAUGH your head off. What happens when the pain won't go away? but instead as old scars heal, new ones tear in? Do we *really* want Starbuck to illustrate that journey fully? 5 years ago I'd have said sure, why not, the more hyper-realism on the otherwise often vapid television screen the better. but I find I am _tempted_ to say NO here, let's have some balance, bring her back from the brink. Slow the hits, Let her recover, she has suffered enough for our amusement. . . . But that temptation is fleeting. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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