One of the things making Battlestar Galactica difficult to enjoy so far this season is that it’s hard to know who is supposed to be sympathetic. Starbuck’s crazy; her patched-together crew feels sorry enough for themselves that I don’t have to; Apollo dumped his friends and family to play politician; even the Sixes, who were making sense, shot a lot of fellow robots up good. We used to know who we were supposed to feel sorry for or empathize with, and while it might be argued that making none of the characters sympathetic makes the story deeper (sigh), it also makes the story less fun. It’s just not much fun to watch Kara wigging out with the slimiest version of her dreamquest robot while solid good guys like Helo, Athena, and Gaeta decide to commit a mutiny we know isn’t going anywhere because of the Sci Fi promos.
This may be why the interaction between Tyrol and Baltar last night provided the high point–Tyrol never asked to be a Cylon (well–as far as we know), and we can sympathize with the way he’s caught between two worlds. And for all Gaius Baltar strutted around asking to be a science hero, asking to be president, asking to be one of the Final Five, or asking to be a martyr, the one thing he never asked to be was a prophet. Trying to wrap my head around the idea of Gaius Baltar as a genuine prophet might make me as crazy as Kara Thrace–heaven help me if Baltar ends up being the dying leader who never makes it to the Promised Land.