All of this has had spoilers before, and all of this will have spoilers again.
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So, rumblings and rumors suggest that major developments are afoot in the finale this week and next. I’ve been avoiding any kind of revelation; I want to go in fresh, and get my ass kicked. For comparison, going back two seasons, I had absolutely no idea Boomer was going to perforate Cmdr Adama; I vaguely recall making some sort of barking noise and jumping partway off the couch when it happened. Maybe I’m foolish for wanting to recapture that feeling, to get something out of a show that I think we can all agree hasn’t been on in that way for a while, but so be it.
From the preview linked above, it appears that Apolloresigns his commission, and becomes a civilian, in order to represent Baltar. Whether this resignation “sticks,” and Lee has given up the uniform for good, or if instead he’ll be allowed to put the wings back on in season four without any sort of comment from his superior officer, the way it happened on Star Trek at least once a season, remains to be seen. Oh, and if this is part of the major spoiler people have been talking about, please warn us before responding to this.
Very excited. Two more to go.
(And season four starts next January, apparently. Frak.)
If the rumored spoilers are true, this episode will probably generate lots of buzz for next week.
From the preview, I already know I’m gonna hate the idea that some frakkin Viper jock gets to play lawyer in the Colonial Trial of the Century. Being a lawyer ain’t that easy. Being a trial lawyer, particularly one in a capital case, is not something just anybody can do. Even if their Daddy commands a Battlestar.
The apparent shortage of lawyers is odd, but I got the idea that almost nobody in the Fleet is willing to stand up and argue in open court that Baltar should go free. The idea of selecting 5 captains at random (including Adama, the de facto leader of the human race) :dubious: is just plain frakked up.
I don’t have a big problem with Apollo getting involved with the trial. Few qualified people want the job and he’ll have slimy lawyer from last week to help him. It’s not like Roslyn was qualified to be president but she stepped up to the task. Any intelligent person can read up on the subject and argue a case before a group of judges who themselves aren’t qualified judges, with no more knowledge of the law than Apollo may have.
I really like the prosecutor - she’s not doing the over-dramatic “law and order” thing, but her opening statement was pretty damned effective. Laid out a compelling theme, with powerful rhetoric and without giving the impression she was grand-standing. That’s how you get it done in the real world, and it was a pleasure to watch.
The bit with Dee leaving Apollo was annoying, though. Dee should be more than capable of understanding that accused criminals need a vigorous defense, and Apollo should be better able to explain it. How hard is it to say “Hon, if we only provide the protection of law to people we like, then it isn’t the rule of law at all”?
Not in the world I practice in. The first words out of her mouth were objectionable on opening statement. You can’t argue on opening. And arguing is pretty much all she did. It was fun, but not at all realistic.