In this episode of Battlestar Galactica, trials and tribulations occur when the struggle over the working class aboard the Galactica gets questioned by Chief Tyrol. As he's beginning to see the hard labor of which the "lower class" has been subjected to since the original attacks on the colonies, Callie and others have been seeing the supposed discrimination amongst those aboard the ships and have been selected to do certain jobs based on their social class. All this is caused by the uproar of unfairness of the labor workers and the words written in Gaius Baltar's book, "My Triumphs, My Mistakes". Tyrol starts to see things differently and attempts to change how things work on the ship, including encouraging a strike amongst the workers which is less than helpful when Papa Adama takes control of the situation.
Some may not have viewed this episode as particularly great in regards of moving forward in the process of plot, although this is precisely why I love this show. It isn't all action and violence and science fiction, but also the exploration of human morality. The battles aren't necessarily between the Good Versus Evil scenario, but amongst ourselves and how the society we live in may not be as wonderful as we'd liked it to be. Chief pretty much tried any which way to present the problematic situation with the innerworkings of the fleet, but he wasn't heard and when he was finally convinced about the horrible conditions the people were subjected to, without any rights or say in how they live, he turned from revolutionary to ordering a strike. In ways I disagreed with how Adama and Roslin handled it in the beginning, though on the other hand everyone aboard the Galactica isn't living in the greatest conditions during wartime, so that is one of the major consequences. What Adama mentioned about muntiny and him threatening to shoot Callie, it's hard to tell whether he was truly going to go with that threat or if it was a scare tactic; I know Adama is very fatherly to those on his fleet, but he can be pretty damn scary sometimes. Better not make Papa Adama unhappy, folks. And I kind of agree with his statement and understood perfectly why he chose to use that as a threat; they are in a war, and general strikes definitely aren't going to help the situation. That is understandable, as least to me. I'm glad, however, that Tyrol and Roslin actually had a heart-to-heart chat about the working systems and managed to come to an agreement.
Regarding Gaius' book "My Triumphs, My Mistakes", I really like the symbolism and parallels towards Adolf Hitler's semi-autobiography, Mein Kampf. Very fitting to the darkness and downfall of Gaius and his ideology views of socio-politics. Also learning more about his background and how it connected to revelations of the working classes aboard the ship itself was another treat I didn't see coming. Also, yay manipulative Six!
In short, I really liked what this episode portrayed in means of the social classes and how everybody within the fleet worked together based on their social rank. Likes those who worked on farms were basically seen only fit to work the dirtier jobs, like mechanics. And those who were of higher stature of the 12 Colonies had the special treatment and dealt with much respect, like getting promoted Captain or joining in with flight training and the like. It's storylines like this that really make the audience think and have empathy towards certain characters and their situations, and not just seeing one side of how things run on Galactica. We know the character involvements with Lee, Kara and everybody else. This is probably a great representation of those lesser seen or not having enough say in how things are run, considering their job descriptions. The conversation between Tyrol and Gaius is connecting of their social and economic backgrounds and where they stand among the fleet, despite the amont of hatred between the two. I liked viewing things from the other side for a change.
But there wasn't any doubt about this being a great episode, it was written by Jane Espenson after all.
We're finally getting some rain over here, like bucket loads of it. It's been going on-and-off since Friday, though today it's been really pouring down. And now it looks to be clearing up, but I highly doubt it'll do so, not until the middle of the week anyway.
I didn't watch the Oscars last night, as I was preoccupied with other things, and I also managed to keep up with who won and whatnot through Internet links and my FList reporting on their thoughts about it. Eh, I'm not much for the Oscars anyway. The films that should get recognition don't and those that do sometimes don't deserve it for whatever category. Oh well, speaking of movies I am particularly interested by Premonition, not only because the premise is ultra intriguing but also it has Sandra Bullock in it. I have also been wanting to see The Number 23, since it grabbed my attention being a non-comical Jim Carrey movie, though I've been hearing mixed reviews about it. I'm also thinking about renting Marie Antoinette because I've heard many things about it and have decided that it's definitely worth checking out, plus I love Kristen Dunst and Sofia Coppola.
Also, I heard that Canada got a chance to have a preview Sunday night of the Heroes episode that's going to air tonight, which I don't understand how that happened