Deciding to use the thousand prisoners on a prison transport ship to mine the ice on the planet they've found, Galactica's plans are upset when a political prisoner onboard leads an uprising... Read allDeciding to use the thousand prisoners on a prison transport ship to mine the ice on the planet they've found, Galactica's plans are upset when a political prisoner onboard leads an uprising, taking hostages. He questions the legitimacy of Roslin's government and demands free ele... Read allDeciding to use the thousand prisoners on a prison transport ship to mine the ice on the planet they've found, Galactica's plans are upset when a political prisoner onboard leads an uprising, taking hostages. He questions the legitimacy of Roslin's government and demands free elections to be held in the fleet.
In fact, Connor plays Boxey in the Miniseries, and it's not really a minor part. He comes to Galactica with "Boomer", who had picked him up on Caprica while "Helo" stayed.
In this episode, he is even given a major Role, as the original Boxey was a kind of Mascot for BSG. It appeared as though Connor was being set up to fill this role in the new series. Here, he is shown to be a clever, useful kid.
But he was never seen again after this episode. I've always wondered what happened to him.
But this episode does have something else that is very important: It introduces the character of Tom Zarek, a terrorist. Played by the Original Apollo, Richard Hatch, who had tried for years to resurrect BSG using his own cash. This role was a challenge for Richard, and he succeeded beyond all hopes bringing Zarek to life. But Zarek is a terrorist. A terrorist that may even have good political ideas, but a terrorist nonetheless. A selfish terrorist, even. Now, Mr. Legitimacy even praises this, and Apollo for siding with him, but Mr Legitimate is missing the point: A democracy cannot cow to Terrorists regardless of how right they are, and a government loses it's legitimacy if major changes are made at the behest of a Terrorist. Mr Legitimate tries to legitimize an illegitimate act by a man who used terrorism, and painted it over with politics, pretending he had actual regard for the well being of the Human Race and/or the body politic of the Caprican (and the other 11 tribes) survivors. But if you watch this episode carefully, it is all a SHAM. And Zarek's actions were not, well, the word of the day is Legitimate, is it not?
The important point of this episode, is Apollo's choice. Because Apollo's concern was legitimate concern for the safety of and survival of the human race, not some fake altruism or Jingoism. Apollo knew the core of what was right, and used the same ideals that Zarek was pretending he cared about, to legitimately bring about change along the same lines.
What makes the Zarek character great is not only Mr Hatch's great ability to become Zarek in the flesh and make you believe it, but he did so in a consistent manner all the way to the end of his participation in the series.
I grieved when Mr Hatch passed away into the Universe. But his role as Zarek gives us something to think about, something to not become.
But... Where did Boxey go!
- Mar 17, 2018