Battlestar!

Posted by Mike Merritt in Television on

For the first time, cross-posted from my LiveJournal account, because the site was originally down for server transfer, and I really wanted to get this out.  WARNING: Spoilers for the last episode of Battlestar Galactica.  If you haven’t seen it and you plan to see it, you might not want to read this.

I just got done watching Battlestar Galactica, and have never been quite as excited.

Why you ask? Because I’m getting close to being sure I know who the final member of the Final Five is.
The past couple episodes have been giving increasing camera time to the character of Felix Gaeta. In the previous episode, he got his leg shot, and in this episode, it was cut off.

What’s interesting is that though he wasn’t particularly important to this episode, he got an incredible amount of screentime. Even more so than Starbuck, who’s a main character and who this season’s practically written around. Well, I guess a lot of people got less screentime this episode, but you can’t say Adama’s been important to the season this far. She has.

Then there’s the song he’s singing during the episode:

The first that she, be spared the pain,
that comes from a dark and laughing reign.

When she finds love, may it always stay true,
This I beg for the second wish I made too.

But wish no more, my life you can take,
To have her please, just one day wake.

To have her please, just one day wake.

Alone she sleeps, in the shirt of man,
With my three wishes clutched in her hand.

To have her please, just one day wake.

I need to analyze it when I’m more awake, but some are suggesting he’s singing about the resurrection of the boxed 3’s. It’s possible it’s something else; who knows. Now, some of saying that Felix is singing this because Alessandro Juliani, who plays him, is a singing major, but it’d be perfect, wouldn’t it? You can’t have someone who’s singing significant lyrics not be involved in some more important way.

Everyone who’s been connected to music in this series so far has had some more significant role in it. The final four, and Kara, to name five of me. And now Gaeta.

Finally, I’d like to attract your attention to the prophecy given by the first hybrid in the TV movie Razor:

Soon there will be four, glorious in awakening, struggling with the knowledge of their true selves. The pain of revelation bringing new clarity and in the midst of confusion, he will find her. Enemies brought together by impossible longing. Enemies now joined as one. The way forward at once unthinkable, yet inevitable. And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering.

Lets see what’s been covered so far. The prophecy is written so that it tells a lot of information. Many events and important pieces of information are contained within it:

  • The four it refers to have awakened, and all have been struggling with knowledge of their true selves.
  • The pain of revelation has brought clarity, to Kara Thrace, and she has been found, by Leoben.  He has found her.
  • The enemies have been joined together by an impossible longing, the Cylon rebels and the Colonials, to find Earth, and now the Final Five.

And now it gets a bit blurry.  They were joined as one, at least up until this episode.  Who knows where we go from here.  Will we find out that the way forward is unthinkable, yet inevitable?  Well, one would think that the rebels idea of kidnapping the crew of Galactica is unthinkable.

And the money sentence: “And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering.”

That’s what I’m trying to get at.  Gaeta is in pretty terrible suffering at the moment, when you consider the physical pain of losing his leg and the psycological torment he must be going through at the moment.  He looked horrible this episode, and I’m guessing he’ll be in pretty bad shape for the next couple episodes.

So, my theory at the moment is Felix Gaeta as the fifth of the Final Five.

Of course, it’s not a perfect theory.  What redemption does Gaeta need?  He’s done nothing wrong as far as I can see.  He helped the Colonials on New Caprica.  He was nearly killed by the Collaborator Council.

I guess if there’s anything he needs redemption for, it’s his outright lie at Baltar’s trial.

We shall see what happens.

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