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Angela
Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 1:51am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Context Is for Kings

So much hand wringing! Yes, Discovery is dark and Abrams-ish and not as strong on crew chemistry as Trek of yore (so far, anyway). But the writing and production values are good enough to indicate they're taking this seriously and I think it's worth keeping an open mind through the season. I'm convinced enough to keep my All Access subscription, in any case. Maybe I'll catch up on Family Ties too.
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Angela
Wed, Jan 27, 2010, 4:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S3: Unfinished Business

Kara's behavior isn't as inexplicable as it outwardly appears; she's driven by guilt. Remember how Kara was engaged to Lee's brother, Zak? 1) She feels responsible for his death. 2) Despite her relationship with Zak, when she met Lee they were attracted to each other (see later episodes). 3) Her relationship with Admiral Adama (with its father-daughter feel) reinforces the sibling-like bond between herself and Lee.

All these combine to give her a truckload of guilt, which compels her to push Lee away despite their attraction. He's the forbidden love, the brother, the other son, and a reminder of her past mistakes all in one. Add to that Lee's declaration of love, and no wonder she's lashing out at him: it's because she hasn't forgiven herself. Why would Lee fight back? Sexual frustration, Kara's part in Zak's death, and good old vexation.

In light of this guilt-ridden plot, Admiral Adama's present conflict is more understandable. Adama feels irrational (and rational) guilt over the fact that the Cylons were able to hold humanity hostage on New Caprica for so long. He blames himself for letting go of the hardened military mindset which would have kept a stronger fleet in orbit, and so lashes out as an expression of reestablishing emotional distance between himself and the crew.

To me, this episode is in line with the series' goal: to be a drama that just happens to be sci-fi. The boxing was the crew's outward expression of pent up frustration and guilt, and was appropriate considering the science fiction military setting.

But hey, that's just my two cents. :)
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