Continuing to discuss Battlestar Galactica after a randomly numbered bunch of eps as I move through the series in haphazard "this struck me as interesting and coaxes yap from my trap" sort of way.Hand of God
I discussed this a little in the comments with pocochina[Unknown LJ tag]
in my last entry. It's ridiculous that Bill Adama didn't disclose the key surprise trick to the daredevil, risky mission to Laura- the fighter ships buried underneath the freighter in reserve to surprise the cylons. Bill was asking for Laura's go-ahead because Laura's the frakking President. Since she's the one with the power for the final go-ahead, than she needs the vital information about the plan to make an informed choice. I saw it as partly Bill being a control freak and wanting to establish his own dominance by keeping vital information secret even though he's politically obligated to take orders from the President. I also saw it as a move to shake Laura's confidence. Bill sells a military maneuver HARD as the best idea but without it's safety valve to see if Laura will bite for it without the safety valve.
Starbuck is awesome in this ep. General thought, but this show's use of gods is intriguing. The apocalypse made total believers out of former atheists like Laura and Baltar. IMO, the BSG universe is likely controlled by gods as a matter of fact, unlike our universe (unless I'm predicting the course wrong). Gods do exist in that story. However, as much as the series is pro-god and very spiritual, there may be religious-cynical inklings. Human civilization has regressed since the apocalypse- population, science, stability. Laura and Baltar represent how people turn to religion in times of desperation. Except in this case, religion is real and Laura, at least, is playing a Moses-character who wasn't especially devout but G-d sent messages to the leader to guide people to the Promised Land but the leader stats to die on the journey.
However despite the reality of gods, Roslin and Baltar started believing in desperation, because despite their increased political power, they were relatively impoverished. Six abuses Baltar into serving her. Despite Roslins' and Baltar's increased political power and the reality of the gods, it does say something about the vulnerable turn to religion to guide them. The humans in BSG feel very modern Israeli or ancient Israelite by turns. The ancient Israelites were also technically correct to be devout within the story of the Bible because G-d really was the big guy in the sky. However, they also turned and kept up their worship out of poverty, alienation, and constant threat of extinction if they didn't make the run into the Red Sea/hit a rock expecting water kind of moves.
I usually have an aversion to characters ordering others around out of religion. However so far, Roslin and even Baltar are staying on the right side of my particular issues. Baltar, because he is being brain-fucked into it and the story does not shy from how he's frakking up for the human race. Laura, because it feels like she's turned to religion because it's the most compelling guide-post on how to improve humanity's chances in her mess of a situation. Religion works a possibly *actually correct* embodiment Laura's leadership instincts. Whose to say that her prophetic dreams are worse way to find earth than her vague "sense of direction"? Turning to godly premonitions a vague long-shot but EVEN I have to admit that it's better than just flying around aimlessly, let alone while also lying that you have a specific course to get to earth. Everyone's flying blind. Of course, if Laura starts using religion and her role as the prophetic, dying leader to advance her political causes and personal stature without any evidence beyond her feelings and AS THE GOOD BOOK SAYS or if Laura picks these religious instincts over more compelling and proven science and concrete facts recommending a different course of actions, I will likely turn on Laura to some extent. ( Colonial Day and Kobel's Last Gleaming I and IICollapse )