Posted Jan 4, 2004 @ 12:54 AM
I’ve just finished watching Battlestar Galactica. Again. How I love this miniseries!
I was struck once again by how much the destruction of Colonial civilization affected me emotionally, even if it did occur off-screen. The reactions of the main characters made clear how devastating the Cylon attack was, and the differing agendas of the government and the military in response to the attack were perfect.
I love Apollo. I really do. He’s so repressed and tortured by the death of his brother. Zack’s death affects his relationships with both his father and Starbuck, in ways that change over the course of the miniseries. At the beginning, he’s obviously estranged from his father, and I think he hasn’t spoken to him voluntarily in ages. He’s unhappy to be on the Galactica and is only there because he was ordered. Then, when the Cylon attack is underway, he meets Laura Roslin. He’s immediately impressed by the way she has taken charge of the situation aboard the transport ship and begins to help her right away. He defies his father and Commander’s orders to evacuate to Ragnar Anchorage per her orders (“Acknowledge … receipt of message.” “What does that mean?!” “It means I heard you.” – this always makes me laugh). I’m very curious now about Lee’s relationship with his mother. He’s almost insubordinate with his father, and is highly reserved. With Laura, though, he’s comfortable and at ease when he offers his opinions. She respects his point of view, although her first priority is saving refugees.
When Apollo returns to the Galactica, he still does his best to help the newly sworn in President with her goals of providing aid to the civilian refugees. He knows her opinion that the war is lost and the remnants of the Colonials need to run. When Commander Adama changes his mind about what Galactica will do, Apollo gets to step up and second his father’s order to evacuate the solar system. The scene where Apollo waits for his father in his quarters, looking at the picture of his now-dead mother and brother, was beautifully done. He’s been too busy trying to survive himself to realize that his mother is gone, but now he has a moment to breathe and it hits him. That awkward embrace between Lee and Adama spoke volumes for the history of their relationship – tension melting for an instant into a little boy seeking the comfort of his remaining parent. And after they’ve reached safety, he goes to his father and almost says something to bridge the distance between them. But Adama rejects his near-overture, telling Lee to save it for tomorrow. I don’t think tomorrow will ever come for them, and I love that. All that pain is so glorious.
His relationship with Starbuck has an odd sort of closeness when they meet in the brig. She can jibe at him and he just takes it, probably because she was involved with his brother. The picture in Starbuck’s locker makes it clear that they spent time together at one point. But later, when she tells him that she passed Zack in flight school, I thought I saw something change in his eyes. Starbuck now shares responsibility for Zack’s death with Adama, and I wonder how that will affect her relationship with Apollo. Of course, the fact that she later saved his life through an insane bit of flying might also factor into his feelings for her.