This is the text to warn you of a spoiler ... this is the text to warn you of a spoiler. All work and no play make Jack a something something.
Why the hell do we want Leoben to help Starbuck "pass over into the space between life and death"? He's the creepy asswipe who tortured her repeatedly on New Caprica. But redeeming the creepy is apparently the whole point of this episode. Not only is Kara's abusive, finger-crushing mom recast as a nice lady in her deathbed scene, but Leoben is recontextualized as spirit guide. WTF? I'm feeling nothing but the squick.
I agree with the sentiment if not the empasis of the text. Part of me, though, is happy that the show did something really controversial for fans of the show to chew on for a while. Personally, here's my theory -
We haven't seen the last of Starbuck because yes, true believers, she is one of the "missing" Cylon versions. Her projected version of Leoben and even her mom were unrealistic because they had to serve a purpose - to get her to hit the "in between" that we saw Three abusing so much. Death can be a spiritual adventure for a Cylon and with Xena boxed ... the race might be looking for a new messiah.
So I'm guessing Sackoff will be getting loads of time off from the show ... but she won't be completely off the roster just yet.
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