Just a heads up, this post will contain spoilers for the latest episodes and the webisodes, so if you haven't watched them yet then skip on over this and instead go stare at Alan Moore's terrifying visage.
Wow, you can practically taste the crazy, can't you?
Like every single character on this show, Gaeta will never be allowed to be happy ever. I'm pretty sure that's a legal binding law at BSG, actually.
So Gaeta goes from being a tertiary character with a giant boycrush on Baltar, who he follows around like a puppy, to being this sort of crazypants guy, who goes around stabbing people in the neck with a pen and staging a huge semi-successful mutiny of the ship. If that ain't some sort of character growth I don't know what is.
One of the strengths of this show is the way they're able to portray these characters operating under these incredible conditions, getting more bitter, getting harder, and it's believable.
Gaeta's hardening (heh, I'm twelve) really began back in the third season on New Caprica under Cylon rule and then it just kept going until you have him now. The essential trait of Gaeta is that he wants to do the right thing as Hoshi, his adorable little boyfriend, pointed out. On New Caprica he tried to get people to safety by trusting an Eight, and that blew up in his face, as the webisodes revealed.
Even in mutinying, Gaeta is sitll trying to do the right thing. He really, truly believes that the Cylons can't be trusted and that the alliance is a bad idea. Gaeta's got a good point, supported by the aforementioned nuclear genocide. The alliance with the Cylons, as Adama points out, is probably the hope the fleet has left, and while Gaeta's actions are wrong, they are understandable.
What BSG is really good at is taking the characters and putting them under pressure and stripping them down to their basic and essential traits. That's what happened to Gaeta: after New Caprica, losing his leg, which he refused going under for and actually watched as his leg was cut off and probably a reason for his being crazycakes, and learning that everyone on the lists he gave to Eight ended up dead, all Gaeta has left is to be hard and try to set it right in a really poorly though out, ultimately doomed way.
I really don't expect Gaeta to limp away from this one. And just like with Dee, I'm going to be really sad to see his character go. I am consoled that he got a really satisfying character arc, a lot more screen time, and that the actor Alessandro Juliani gives some really good crazy eyes (and for you geeks out there, Juliani voiced Gambit from X-Men Evolutions. This may be a reason for my irrational love).
The only thing left to do is to see how Gaeta goes out and the handling of the Gaeta/Hoshi romantic fallout.
Speaking of let's end on a semi-happy note:
That's Gaeta and his boyfriend Hoshi, who gets Gaeta drugs. What a happy, stable relationship! Of course, in a weird parallel to any Joss Whedon universe, no couple is ever allowed to be happy in BSG.
For more thoughts and insights about BSG and Gaeta, go read Jacob's recaps at Television Without Pity. Go on. You'll be glad you did.
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