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Battlestar Galactica Season 5 Episode 4 – RIP Felix Gaeta – Blood on the Scales February 7, 2009

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Battlestar Galactica Season 5 Episode 4 (SciFi calls this Season 4 episode 14) “Blood on the Scales” was one of the best – if not THE BEST Battlestar Galactica episodes EVER.

We don’t know who will get shot, who will live and who will die. Who is in charge? Will they jump? Will they not jump?

From beginning till the end this episode kept us guessing on all those questions.

At first we were certain Adama, Tigh or Rosyln would get toasted, but that didn’t happen.

Zarek issueing the order to kill the whole quarom – WOW…

Roslyn’s argument to fight no matter what…

and the people all those people on Galactica who tried to follow their conscience whether that meant following Gaeta or Adama.

Felix Gaeta is truly the great tragic hero of this show. Unlike Zarek he is not evil. Unlike Baltar he didn’t betray his people to the Cylons .

Gaeta from beginning till the end really always tried to do the right thing, whether it was helping the resistance on New Caprica, plotting the right jump point or overthrowing Adama because he didn’t want they Cylons to run the fleet.

Gaeta wasn’t evil he wasn’t thirsty for power – only for justice.

The final scenes of this episode were awesome – Gaeta telling Baltar of his youth and then finally the pain subsiding in his lost leg.

While it was inevitable that Gaeta would die once Adama retook control, it was also a sad ending to a noble and brave character. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get to hear Gaeta sing again before dying and this site for one will miss him.

Rest in Peace Felix Gaeta. Rest in peace.


Blood on the Scales


1. skidav - February 12, 2009

Retaking the Galatica did seemed rushed – could have easily been a three hour episode (How does one take back a huge mutinous ship without a tremendous amount of blood shed? Bucket I say – Buckets!) One scene their running for their lives, the next they’ve taken the CIC. I did not want to hear Gaeta sing again – got on my nerves the first time. But I did think they did an excellent job of character development by overlaying the emotions of watching Cylons get medical treatment ahead of him, his sense of honor and justice with his lack of a true Alpha Dog drive like Zarek or Adama. His character was usually happy to be the instrument and not the hand.

Even with my criticisms, this was one of the best episodes.

2. Baltar - February 27, 2009

Thanks for calling this Season 5 you’re totally right

3. Fnordian - March 1, 2009

Gaeta was an idiot and I never liked him. He had no place in the military. Politics, maybe, but military, no. He (obviously!) couldn’t follow the orders of the right people!

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