Episode 146 – All Those Pesky Moral Ambiguities

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×1 33 and Angel 2×21 Through the Looking Glass.

Time stamp: BSG 00:00-1:20:30; Angel 1:20:30 to the end

33

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rhymer

Five days after the Cylon attacks, and the human fleet have been making an FTL jump every 33 minutes on the dot. Discussion points include:

  • Starting on a high note
  • Jumping at faster than light speed
  • Why is it 33 minutes?
  • Pushing the crew too far
  • The importance of small decisions
  • Exploring Baltar’s psyche
Through the Looking Glass

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Angel and the gang arrive in Pylea to find Cordy on the throne. Discussion points includes:

  • Queen Cordy
  • Wolf, Ram and Hart
  • Off with their heads!
  • Numfar does the Dance of Joy
  • Angel’s vanity and Fred’s envy
  • Wes and Gunn’s tactical errors

Next time: Buffy 5×22 The Gift and BSG 1×2 Water.

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About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

4 thoughts on “Episode 146 – All Those Pesky Moral Ambiguities

  1. With the understaffing of the Galactica, I’m 98% sure that’s canon – there’s something at the beginning of the miniseries where I’m sure that Adama or someone says how strange it is to see the ship so empty? That it was basically on a skeleton crew. Then as Kat mentions they’ve got half that again of deckhands and pilots, because so many died. It seemed reasonable to me that there’d be no time for sleep, with a fraction of the deck staff dealing with damaged ships every 33 minutes, etc.

    As for the rest of the fleet, you’ve got me there! Although it would be in character for Roslin to feel that she’d need to show solidarity for the Galactica.

  2. Oops, I thought I’d left a comment here re: the canonity (or otherwise) of the Galatica being understaffed. Guess not!

    Anyway, I am 99% sure that there’s a scene early in the miniseries where Adama or Tigh comments on how strange it is to see Galatica so empty – so I had understood from the beginning that the Galatica was on a skeleton crew. It’s therefore reasonable to me that pilots and desk staff would be working around the clock during the 33 minute attacks – they’re dealing with something that would probably involve a full crew working extra shifts, whilst extremely shorthanded. The deck crew especially.

    As for why the fleet would struggle, I’m not sure they were? The pilots, certainly, but it’s reasonable that there wouldn’t be too many extra pilots. If all the planes in the air now ended up being the only humans left on earth, I wouldn’t imagine that there’d be too many extra pilots around.

    For Roslin, it seems in character that she might expect herself to stick to the same sort of schedule as the Galatica was enduring, and to ensure that she was kept fully up to date after each jump in terms of each ship arriving, and casualties etc.

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