Battlestar Galactica

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 3 USERS: B-
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The first layer is this: Life here began out there: Kobol, the birthplace of mankind, where the Gods and men lived in paradise, until the Exodus of the Thirteen Tribes after one jealous God began to desire that he be elevated above all the other Gods. That's how the war on Kobol began. And the blaze pursued them, and the people of Kobol had a choice: to board the great ship, or take the high road through the rocky ridge. And the body of each tribe's leader was offered to the Gods in the Tomb of Athena, after she threw herself down onto the rocks below Hera's Gate, out of despair over the Exodus of the Thirteen Tribes. And the great ship was the Galleon that departed from there, and it took the founders of the Thirteen Colonies to their destiny. And those that didn't board the Galleon took the high road, a rocky ridge that lead to the Tomb. And when the Thirteenth Tribe landed on Earth, they looked up into the heavens and they saw their twelve brothers...

It's a basic function of history that lives become stories, and stories become legends, and legends become myths, and myths become religion. There's you, and then there's George Washington, and then there's Jesus, and then there's God. You're looking at one fight -- polytheism/monotheism, pluribus/unum, master/slave -- from those four angles, at each of those four layers, repeating over and over. Before the first Cylon War, there was a monotheist undercurrent in the Colonies, and before that there was the Jealous God of Kobol; after Earth the Final Five took on that belief, and Gaius Baltar is riding that wave even now, at the behest of his angel. What do Akhenaten, Moses and Muhammad have in common? That little angel in their ears. The political component of monotheism is simple: Allah akbar, my God is bigger than your God, no other Gods before me. No prophet of the OTG ever acted in a political vacuum.

I've been round and around and over deadline trying to get here, because this episode -- well, you saw it. Unholy mess. And especially tough because in the middle of all that mythology, and answering all the questions that there are in preparation for the final act, there's all kinds of wonderful literary stuff: Milton, Sartre, Wolfe, even some Shakespeare. Which I can't talk at length about, because this recap would be too long even for my stomach. And neither the mythology or the references really matter, because what matters is how everybody acts about it. So let's get the mythology out of the way, and then I'll give you a little bit of a recap as far as the things that actually happened in the episode, and then you can be on your way.

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Battlestar Galactica




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