Kalbear, on Feb 2 2009, 17.42, said:
Right - but Crow's Eye was saying that Gaeta et al were portrayed as the Black Hatted Men.
Yes, that is what I was saying.
I think that's really ludicrous.
I can understand why you wouldn't agree with me, but I hardly think my opinion qualifies as "ludicrous".
I think that Adama and friends are shown fairly sympathetically, but at the same time I think it's clear that Gaeta really does have a point - and so does Zarek. The people that are with them are the angry, bitter ones largely - but they for the most part have a very reasonable argument as to why they're so bitter. Athena was one thing, but Tigh as second in command? Ignoring civilian rights? Having no effective say in the governance of their people? It's just madness, and Adama is absolutely in the wrong for the most part.
I agree comletely that the rationale behind the revolution is based on logic and reason, and I would most likely be on the side of the revolutionaries were I aboard Galactica. The problem is that the manner in which the writers chose to have the revolution carried out shows one side in a very sympathetic light, while showing the other as brutal rapists and murderers. They've blurred the line between revolution for noble purposes and revolution for revenge. Things like choosing to kill Laird in cold blood and having pilots sneer over his corpse, the threats of rape, the fact that they were going to kill Apollo in cold blood, gunning down some officers in cold blood in the CIC, etc. I don't think any of these were necessary components to this revolution. Maybe that's the distinction that they're trying to draw between Gaeta and Zarek - that Zarek is the bloody murderer, and Gaeta had the noble purpose, but in the end they're both just as guilty. Either way, the purpose of the revolution is lost to many a viewer when the revolutionaries are themselves rapists and murderers.
Contrast with Adama, Tigh & the gang, who are clearly shown as the noble people who just made a little mistake in governing. Sure, Starbuck killed one guard, but why didn't she kill Racetrack's copilot? Instead she just shoots him in the shoulder. Why didn't starbuck kill the prisoner? Because white-hat Bill stepped in between them and let the guy go. At least Adama gunned down the other marine.
None of this is necessarily inconsistent with the characters and their particular arcs, which was nicely done, but the manner in which the revolution was carried out overshadows the purpose of the revolution, which was probably the more just, democratic and reasonable approach (as opposed to letting the Adama/Roslin dictatorship continue to run the show).
So while my "black hat" characterization may go a bit too far, the writers have certainly chosen to carry out this revolution in a manner that allows the actions of the revolutionaries to overshadow their otherwise reasonable and logical purpose. Come on, we're certainly made to feel some sympathy for the Adama crowd - did you feel any sympathy whatsoever for Zarek, Gaeta, and their band of marauders once the revolution began?