(urth) BSG Spoiler

Jeremy Francis francisj at iinet.net.au
Sun Mar 22 01:53:59 PDT 2009

I think you underestimate the hardship of a subsistence lifestyle, no matter
the fertility of the area you reside in and cultivate.  I doubt they had any
seed onboard, wild strains tend to be very difficult to cultivate
successfully; spreading over the globe they would also be insuring that
there would be no skills sharing so that successful farmers could teach the
unsuccessful...  Their physical capital would have been non-existent, I
might add.  Enjoy trying to build a farm with naught but your hands and a
few basic supplies.  Basically, I'm pretty sure a death sentence was decreed
on most of the survivors by going the route they did.  Even short of that,
it would be a miserable, short existence. This is all assuming one of the
local diseases, which the survivors would have had no immunity to, doesn't
kill you off.

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Jeremy Francis wrote:
> Cavil was pretty irreligious.  "I want to SMELL dark matter!  Screw you,
> mum!"

He had numerous scenes justifying his decisions on religious grounds to 
the other models. Even if he was cynically manipulating *their* beliefs, 
that doesn't mean he can't have second thoughts when he is forced to 
question why things keep going wrong despite his superior forces and 
intellect. Not to mention he had Baltaar under continuous supervision 
for as long as a year and there must have been a few "talking to angels" 
moments on record, possibly including some traces of the few times Angel 
Six would move him or an object physically.

> I'm also pretty sure forming a settlement would have been far more
> than splitting up.  Specialisation of labour, economies of scale, and all
> that.  There is a wide gulf between having to rough it in a Dark Age era
> settlement and being a hunter-gatherer, and I doubt they would have
> that far in terms of technology had they set up a city.  

If they pick out the best garden spots from around the world, they can 
have fairly pleasant living with minimal effort, and be safe from any 
single natural disaster or political upheaval. I think ditching all the 
ships into sun was a mistake, as many of them were capable of landing 
and serving as wonderful shelters, but maybe Lee was able to talk them 
out of keeping anything worth fighting over - and after 5-6 years of 
war, an offer of "exchange hellholes like the Tyllium refinery ship for 
Hawaii" would be easy to sell by the man who got Baltaar acquitted.

> And as to their marriage, I was just being facetious.  I found that to be
> really touching character moment.  I thought the finale had many good
> character moments, but the plot was weak.

Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
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