All Your Basestar Are Belong To Us
io9 has its Monday summary of the previous Friday’s Battlestar Galactica episode. If you’ve seen it, then you know that Gaeta sang. A lot. And that he has a fantastic, mournful, voice. Go Alessandro!
So, has this episode changed my prediction of Dualla being the Final Cylon? I’m not sure, to be honest. On the one hand, this episode devoted quite a lot of screen time to Gaeta and his singing — and to Anders making a point of Gaeta’s Lament. However, it could just be a huge red herring. Some viewers are saying that Gaeta isn’t a big enough character to have the kind of impact that’s expected for the Final Reveal. The same is true of Dualla. However, like the other four, Gaeta was involved in the resistance and has been the person actually pushing the buttons to get humanity to Earth. Dyspeptic Mutterings has a succinct run-down of Gaeta’s influence from the beginning.
Certainly Gaeta’s pain from losing a leg fulfills part of the hybrid’s prophecy “in the howl of terrible suffering.” However, Gaeta has nothing for which to be redeemed (“hungering for redemption”). At one time he did, when everyone thought he was a Baltar supporter, but once it was revealed that he actually helped the resistance that faded. Cally would fulfill both these predictions, but she’d have to be resurrected. Considering they’re about to go into the resurrection hub, it would have quite an impact if she popped out of a tub of goo there, but how likely is that? Nothing so far has shown that the Final Five resurrect as the other models do. Here’s the part of the hybrid’s prophecy that I’m talking about:
And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering.
As far as Kara Thrace and her Special Destiny goes, remember what else the hybrid said, that Starbuck “will lead the human race to its end. She is the herald of the apocalypse. The harbinger of death. They must not follow her.” Certainly Starbuck has led the Cylons to their end, since once the resurrection hub is destroyed all Cylons will be mortal. I still won’t be surprised if there turns out to be two Starbucks — her old self (who is likely dead) and her new self (created by the Beings of Light). This would not be inconsistent with RDM saying that the Final Cylon isn’t in the Last Supper photo, if indeed Starbuck turns out to be the Final Cylon.
I keep thinking everyone is going to die except for Hera and Nikki, the new Eve and Adam who have genes from both humans and Cylons.