Big frakkin’ spoilers ahoy. Proceed no further unless you’ve seen the latest BSG episode, or you don’t mind be spoiled. You have been warned.
So after watching the latest episode of BSG, Maelstrom,, I was left wondering, “What? Why?”.
What is Starbuck’s destiny? Leoben keeps referring to it and egging her on to find out what it is and to not fear death. But he never explains what her destiny is exactly. This makes Starbuck’s actions all that more selfish and ignoble.
Why did she kill herself? And make no mistake, in this article on Entertainment Weekly, on of the commenters states that Moore says in the podcast for this ep that Moore hints that Kara really dies, but that more is in store for her. This supposed destiny I guess. What ruined the episode for me was the, given the lack of information, apparent senseless suicide. We don’t know what her destiny is. I’m not sure Starbuck knows either. So we’re left with concluding that Starbuck killed herself to prove to herself that she wasn’t afraid of death. Well, that’ll show death! Or possibly she just couldn’t handle being the ‘screwup’ and decided to quit. This isn’t heroic, its selfish surrender. Again, more info about her destiny would have cleared up the doubts about Starbuck’s actions, but we don’t get that.
As far as Starbuck returning, I fully expect to see her again. I’m sure Moore will pull some hoary old SF cliche out his hat, something like a Starbuck clone (remember, the Cylons have some of her eggs and one would guess some of her DNA). Maybe Moore has some theological reason and plan for Starbuck’s death. I hope so. But we’d better get something approaching answers rather quickly. I don’t think BSG can keep going with out Starbuck, in some form. Just please don’t let it be as a clone or as a Cylon.
Oh, and one more thought. This episode felt rushed, in the sense that the producers were thinking, “Crap, we need something to increase ratings. I know, let’s off Starbuck!”. This ties in with the almost complete lack of build up to this episode. Kara just seemed to be Kara, and then she goes off the deep end. It felt like desperation on the part of the creators. But that could be just me…