08 April 2008
A Galactic(a) Endeavor - Dirty Hands (3x16)
This one would have been better received if it hadnt come on the heels of the past three episodes. It addresses the emerging class divide. How come people who were doing manual labor on the day of the attack are stuck doing that same job, for free, forever? They are even training their children to take over their trade. The rationalization is that vital jobs cannot be lost. Baltar smuggles a book out of jail speaking to this injustice and gains some sympathy from people including Tyrol. Adama busts up the strike pretty quickly threatening death to mutineers, but Tyrol takes up a role as a representative of the working class.
This is a pretty heavy episode that again hits real issues, with no easy answers, in a sci-fi setting. Not bad. 4 out of 5 striking blue collar workers.
And with that, back to the good stuff.