a galactica for my creys

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If you believe in the Gods, then you believe in the cycle of time, that we are all playing our parts in a story that is told again, and again, and again throughout eternity.
                                                                              Death is not the end. 

anonymous asked:

OH MY GOSH THE KABBY DAUGHTER GIF SET IS GOOD!!! Who is that little girl, and what movie/show is she from?? THANK YOU FOR THIS GIFT!! MORE PLEASE!!

Thanks! The little girl is Hera Agathon, from Battlestar Galactica and more specifically, the actress who played her in season 4. I chose her half because she does work, with the dark eyes and curls, and half because The 100 is Jason’s BSG post-series fanfic sequel and I think I’m funny. 

Unfortunately, since Hera (this specific Hera included) spends most of her time being held hostage and/or wandering into a battle terrified, there won’t be any more. :) 

Why do people think that the crew of the Galactica is the best of the best? Most people on that ship were on there because of their documented mediocrity and frak ups, because they were on their way out of the military, or in Saul Tigh’s case, because Bill Adama was the only thing keeping a uniform on him. That is the point. BSG is about a rag-tag team of crack dreamers trying to fight the cylons until they can’t. It’s not about the best of humanity. It’s not even about the worst of humanity. It’s about humanity. 

Why Laura Roslin is a Tyrant, and Why That’s a Good Thing
(aka a meta I’ve been sitting on for a long time now but it’s timely again because we’re talking about this again)

In ancient Greece, tyrants were influential opportunists that came to power by securing the support of different factions of a deme, or people, in a democracy, thus usupring the democracy and replacing it with an autocratic regime. The word “tyrannos”, possibly pre-Greek carried no ethical censure; it simply referred to anyone, good or bad, who obtained executive power in a polis by unconventional means. Support for the tyrants came from the growing middle class and from the peasants who had no land or were in debt to the wealthy landowners.

It is true that they had no legal right to rule, but the people preferred them over kings or the aristocracy. The Greek tyrants stayed in power by using mercenary soldiers from outside of their respective city-state. To mock tyranny, Thales wrote that the strangest thing to see is “an aged tyrant” meaning that tyrants do not have the public support to survive for long. The political theorist Livy (and later Machiavelli, in the 1400s) wrote that tyranny was often looked upon as an intermediate stage between narrow oligarchy and more democratic forms of polity. I’ve already written a lot about the various stages the colonial government goes through, and that can be read here

Laura Roslin is a tyrant. To say otherwise is to be pedantic, in my opinion. 

Her actions are those of a tyrant. Her power, before securing the demos through the prophecy, is very limited, to the point where she’s battling with the Quorum more than we see Adar doing in the flashbacks. Roslin knows in Season One that her power is tenuous. It’s why she relies so heavily on Adama, and it’s why when Adama decides he doesn’t want her to be in power anymore, he succeeds.

Laura Roslin is an unelected official from beginning to end. She’s 43rd in the line of succession. In the United States, if the Hill was blown up during the State of the Union with everyone but the Secretary of Agriculture inside, a special election would be triggered by a Constitutional crisis triggered by the 20th or 25th amendments. Roslin holds onto power by emergency means. She then loses an election, tries to steal it, and becomes president a year later by factions wanting her in power. Roslin never secures long-term political power. Her position is weak and she knows it. She leans heavily on Adama, she leans heavily on the suspension of human rights like the freedom of assembly and the freedom of the press. She tortures Baltar and tortures cylons. She commits what are considered to be war crimes. Her power does not derive from the people, it derives from herself, and her oppression and utilization of others. 

Dirty Hands is the epitome of her power, and it rests on Adama’s security (in opposition to her vulnerability) as the head of the military. Adama is her muscle. He enacts violence in Dirty Hands, he is the one who makes Zarek resign, he is the one who checks her power against Baltar, after torturing him on her orders. 

Roslin is a tyrant, and her power waxes and wanes. As all tyrants’ power does. Their life spans are short – sic semper tyrannus. It’s ironic, in a way, that you can’t tell if her tyranny began with her diagnoses or if her diagnoses spurred her tyranny. But her power is real, and Roslin wields it in a way that oppresses people for the sake of finding Earth, and for the sake of consolidating her own power as well. The mutiny had immense support for a reason – Zarek and Gaeta’s complaints were not illegitimate. Her tyrannical means increased after New Caprica because she felt helpless, and exposed. She feels too comfortable in season four, which is why the mutiny is somewhat successful.  By season four the Quorum is entirely marginalized, Roslin is actively trying to suppress civil rights, and is no longer engaged with the demos. Of course people rebelled against her. 

But that’s the great thing about Laura Roslin. She’s a schoolteacher, someone we (and Bill Adama) immediately code as harmless, but good. But she’s not. She ceased to be the little schoolteacher the minute she got that diagnosis, as we saw in Epiphanies. The attacks just completed the transformation. We know – unlike Gaeta, and Zarek, and the mutineers – that her motives are good. We know from the narrative she really is the prophet. 

That’s the great thing. BSG hands us the decision ourselves to decide if Laura’s tyranny was worth it. It doesn’t shy away from making us make that question, while still making her a completely sympathetic character. Laura Roslin is a tyrant. She can be cruel, and oppressive, and cold. She can also be generous, and compassionate; loving and maternal. She’s not a cartoon villain. And yes, the modern usage of the word tyrant applies to character in a way it never did to the ancient use of the word. But BSG deals in ancient narratives, so that’s how we need to treat Laura Roslin. Just like how we call Kara a messiah, and head!Six and head!Baltar angels, and the all of BSG the story of the flood and the fall. 

Laura Roslin is a tyrant, and it’s a really good thing and we should be excited to talk about it. 

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Peter said to Paul you know all those words we wrote 
are just the rules of the game and the rules are the first to go 
but now talking to God is Laurel begging Hardy for a gun
I got a girl in the war man I wonder what it is we done 

“Lee is so whiny! Shut up, Leemo!” Okay, you’re gonna sit down because even though he’s far from my fave, you do not get to shit on Lee Adama, because:

  • His mother was a canon-confirmed abusive alcoholic with bipolor disorder. Even in his heavily romanticized memory of her, Bill Adama remembers his ex-wife as prone to mood swings and occasionally cruel. 
  • When he was young, Lee’s parents went through a divorce so nasty that they didn’t speak for twenty years.
  • It’s not hard to infer that Lee pretty much was responsible for raising Zak, since prior and pretty much for the duration of the series, Bill Adama was a good father to literally everyone except Lee. 
  • Bill had the ability to be a good father, but preferred his soldiers who were required to jump through hoops for him and listen to his every order. Ever notice how he and Lee got along really, really well when Lee was following orders and climbing the ranks? And then Lee would get sick of hoop-jumping and it would go to shit? Yeah. 
  • Except Lee first got sick of hoop-jumping with Zak’s death.
  • I wonder why? Probably not because Zak joined up to be a pilot because of his hero worship of his absent father, or anything. Probably not because Lee had some hero worship of his absent father, either. 
  • Lee’s sole constant paternal presence was Grandpa Joe Adama who, well, you’ve seen Caprica. And then Joe died, but was clearly the winner when it comes to “primary influences” on Lee, since he ends up making the speech he does at the end of S3, running for Quorum, and becoming President and actually bringing democracy back to the fleet. 
  • Every parental figure has jerked him around. Yes, including my ultimate faves, Roslin and Adama. 
  • I’m not touching Kara with a twenty foot stick, but they were consenting adults who fucked that one up equally. 

So in the end you’re calling a survivor of child abuse and parental neglect “whiny” at the end of the worlds, probably by virtue of him not being Starbuck or by virtue of him being unwilling to jump through Bill’s hoops despite Lee’s very real want to please his father. 

CONGRATULATIONS. 

There is no “bullshit religious subplot.” The entire show is driven by God as an offscreen character. The show is literally the Book of Genesis portrayed as a wheel that pivots between the creation, the fall of man, and the flood, that tells us that humans are by nature flawed and ugly but we get to choose. We choose our gods (the colonists/cylons who made it to Earth 2.0 being the stories that become Earth’s pantheon), we choose our own destinies. That angels have wings dripping with blood and there is no absolute religious truth, just many lenses of it. That a man like Gaius Baltar can be a prophet, that anyone can be a prophet–Laura, D'Anna, Athena, Hera, Kara, Leoben. 

The entirety of the series is a religious story. To say otherwise to throw out the entire narrative and watch youtube clips of dogfights and try to claim you understand the canon based off of Starbuck blowing something up. 

That’s not the point. 

Passing Afternoon ||| A Space Parents Fanmix

Tracklist //

  • Gimme Shelter // The Rolling Stones
  • Little Pistol // Mother Mother
  • No One Does It Better // You Me At Six
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love // Ingrid Michaelson
  • King and Lionheart // Of Monsters and Men
  • Sleazy Bed Track // The Bluetones
  • Passing Afternoon // Iron & Wine
  • Not Over You // Chester French
  • The Ballad of the Space Babies // Jim Guthrie

dl coming soon 

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The reason Gaius Baltar is so important as a character is because in our collective mythos in religion and humanity, those who carry out god’s plan are sanctified. Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Mother Theresa, so on and so forth–the prophet is wise, and kind, and balanced. At least, from our perspective thousands of years later. 

We never see how these messiahs are in real time. Gaius Baltar, from the beginning, is visited by an angel of God. We, as the viewers, are told this in the miniseries, just as he is. We don’t have the excuse of the other characters, who cannot see this angel, who instead see a bug-eyed scientist talking to air and seemingly bumbling through experiments to a desired outcome. We see the angel. Most viewers choose not to believe in her anyway. Just like the characters, we don’t believe in the prophet, the person chosen to carry out God’s plan.

And it’s because he’s not who we’ve been taught to be amongst the chosen. Baltar is largely self-serving, and egotistical, traits learned from a hard childhood of poverty and implied abuse. But it’s these traits that God needs for his plan to be enacted in the BSG'verse. Just like he needs Caprica’s inclination for individuality and for love. And Laura’s ruthlessness and cold practicality, and Kara’s recklessness and hopelessness. 

BSG teaches us what happens when we let people become saints and gods, let technology and decadence run amok–because the lesson is not just technology. It’s greed supported by self-rationalization an a religion of decadence created and perpetrated by a religion of gods. 

So we see who the people who become the gods, the prophets, the messiah figures of the deep abyss at the turn of the wheel, before they become these unimpeachable figures that Bible-thumpers and so forth use to rationalize their own failings into godliness instead of recognizing their own sins and the design of human nature. 

(There’s a good reason the thirteenth tribe was cylon, and why the first human-made cylon was from a human, and why Kara goes poof. We are all divine, because we are all a part of God’s plan. Not some chosen few. We are all alive, because we think we are.)