I hated that episode.
That's about all I can coherently say about it.
I really had relaxed. I didn't think BSG would ever go that dark. Well, it did.
People might argue with me but I don't think it was necessary to go to that dark and hateful of a place.
The only saving grace was that we got to see Helo and Tyrol beat the crap out of that guy, and kill him. I'm not usually very bloodthirsty, but I could have done with a few more minutes of serious beatdown. And if they hadn't killed him, I seriously would have turned off the tv right then and there.
I was... offended. Not offended by them creating that storyline and showing it, but offended by the "people" on board the Pegasus. The vile filth masquerading as military officers who had a part in the systematic rape and abuse of their prisoners and who knows what else.
I don't know. For me, the big theme of the show was that humans can be more vile and monstrous than Cylons ever could be. Again, some may disagree. But I think that was kind of the point of the episode. I'm just not sure yet what parallels I am supposed to draw with the real world. Are we going back to Guantanamo again?
What I loved in the episode: Adama, the whole way through. Gaius, showing his true colors with the prisoner. Six, revealing her more human and vulnerable side. And OMG, I have even more respect for Tricia Helfer. She made the prisoner totally creepy and disturbing. The way her hand reached out and dragged the apple slice over, that was just amazingly done. Loved Helo and Tyrol more than ever, of course.
Another side effect is that I now love all of our characters. Tigh? He's a prince. Cally? She's great. I never really liked either of those characters before, but compared to the filth that lives on the other ship, they are outstanding people.
Traumatized now... will go read and see what other people's reactions were.