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"Fire is the element of power. The people of the Fire Nation have desire and will, and the energy and drive to achieve what they want. Earth is the element of substance. The people of the Earth Kingdom are diverse and strong. They are persistent and enduring. Air is the element of freedom. The Air Nomads detached themselves from worldly concerns and found peace and freedom. Also, they apparently had pretty good senses of humor! Water is the element of change. The people of the Water Tribe are capable of adapting to many things. They have a deep sense of community and love that holds them together through anything."

"Why are you telling me these things?"

"It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If we take it from only one place, it becomes rigid and stale. Understanding others, the other elements, and the other nations will help you become whole."

Strangely, I liked the episode in general even though most of it was nonsense and cop-outs.

Let's get my man Baltar's weirdass bullshit out of the way first. I loved that he tried to make a sincere apology, as if that would work. It won't. Not when the Centurions make such freakyass robotic noises. I love the sound design on this show.

And then, the torture! It's just not BSG without a good torture scene. And I found it very amusing that Six counsels Baltar to become the anti-Westley: take his body away. Which, frankly, makes no bloody sense, especially given that Six just said that pain is only neural impulses and thus only in the mind. Unless she is referring to the unconscious mind and not the physical brain, although the unconscious brain wouldn't allow Baltar control of the logic and rationality he's supposed to use against D'Anna. I think the basic point here is that SHE GETS HIM CLOSER TO GOD. That scene was entirely freaky, and I was really afraid Baltar was dead.

Now, to the A plot. Nice, freaky teaser. So strange to see all those dead Raiders floating about. And then Sharon went and got herself infected. I've grown to really like the character; she's gotten a lot more interesting. So I really didn't want her to die.

Sharon totally blew up the Baseship, right?

It was odd to watch all the humans freak out about being infected when we knew it was fine, although it did make sense for them to be worried. I approve of Racetrack's continuing existence.

I've also grown to like Helo, despite the fact that he mostly functions as Sharon's husband. "[B]ecause of who she isn't" was a nice turn of phrase.

So Cottle identifies the virus (and, what, they immediately call it a virus? it can't be any other sort of pathogen? bacteria and fungi are VERY DISAPPOINTED!), and WHAT? Lymphocyte encephalitis my ass. I mean, for starters, the term makes no fucking sense because encephalitis, by definition, is inflammation of the brain. It's like saying leg spleen. I mean, props for knowing what the fuck lymphocytes are, but you're mixing your metaphors here. You want to weaken the immune system, sure, since you're basically giving the Cylons AIDS. But you also want to throw in some bullshit that makes it possible for the virus to be transmitted during resurrection, so you want it to hit the brain too. OR SOMETHING.

Except Cymon, who finally gets to say more than he's ever said in the entire show, combined, explains that there's also some bioelectric component to the virus WHAT? This was supposedly a human virus. That humanity developed an immunity to many many years ago. Which, um, if the humans were immune at the time they built the Cylons, why would the Cylons not be immune? Given that their only source of human DNA would have contained the immunity? Did anyone think this through? Anyway, bioelectric component that magically allows the virus to be transported during resurrection. So it would hit the resurrection ship and take out everyone on that ship, but I still fail to understand why that would kill the entire race. There is more than one resurrection ship. How does infecting one infect the whole race? It's not like they're even going to make it off the ship to spread the virus. Someone please explain this to me or this episode falls completely apart.

Oh, and I hope you all do realize that it is THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING IN ALL OF RIDICULOUSNESS for Cottle to have developed a vaccine in, like, three hours. But that is the way of TV science, and I accept that.

Sharon also hilariously accepts TV science as she explicitly says, "Whatever!" to explain why she's immune. Of course hers is probably the only pseudoscience I can buy in the entire episode. It does make a certain kind of sense for there to be fetus-mother transmission of antibodies. Mothers can transmit HIV to their fetuses, so I'll buy that it can go the other way for a beneficial arrangement. Besides, Hera's blood has magical cancer-curing powers, for God's sake. I was expecting Sharon to have to take the vaccine every day forever, but this was the easy way out. Which this show takes on occasion.

And the rest of the episode is the genocide discussion. And, well, I'm sort of a Cylon sympathizer, so I was on Helo's side, even though I knew the poor guy could not have his word stand as his own word because of his incredible bias. It was odd, though, that they never really brought up the prospect of killing Sharon. I wasn't sure whether the unspoken assumption was that she would die as part of the genocide because, well, that's genocide, yo, or whether she'd be The Last Cylon. I was also on Adama's side, in that I think eliminating an entire race is kinda...icky.

Roslin's side, of course, was that when said race is trying to eliminate your entire race, all bets are off. And she was so, so very right to put Helo in his place regarding New Caprica. I cannot believe he even tried to say that. But I am enjoying the tensions between those who were In the Shit and those who weren't.

I really love the sounds Raiders make, even though there's no sound in space.

Oh, oh! I loved when everyone found out Baltar was A) alive and B) helping the Cylons find Earth. Man, that bitch is never going to be welcome on that ship again. I wonder where they'll end up going with his character. I hope they don't kill him. Also, was it just me, or was there just a tinge of hope/joy in Gaeta's voice?

And Helo fraks up the genocide for everyone, saving humanity's soul for another day. And Adama's all, "Whatevs, I didn't want to do it anyway."

There was some suspense there, for me, because this show usually goes for the throat. So while I didn't think they'd wipe out all the Cylons because the show would be over, I thought something would happen. I thought they would get their hands dirty a little bit. Otherwise, why all the talkity talk talk?

And then they pulled a War of the Worlds on the virus plotline, which almost redeemed the whole thing except, OMG SHUT UP WHO DESCRIBED A VIRUS THREE THOUSAND YEARS AGO?? NO SERIOUSLY DOES COTTLE HAVE LIKE THREE-THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD BIOCHEMISTRY BOOKS?? Seriously, I liked the original idea as it seemed to be presented better: the humans deliberately left a Cylon virus so that any Cylons trying to find Earth would be killed. This way, I suppose you can deal in God and fate and God's plan and whatnot, but Baltar's bleeding out of his ear on the table, man, DO YOU BELIEVE IN HIM??

Yeah, I liked the episode okay.
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