I’m working my way through the DVD of s2 of Battlestar: Galactica, and what strikes me, as it did the first time I watched it, is the wonderful relationship between the leaders of the military and civilian populations, Commander Bill Adama and President Laura Roslin respectively.
They’ve locked horns several times over who has jurisdiction over what, especially in time of war. At one point, Adama sacked Roslin and threw her in the brig, which led to Roslin escaping and denouncing Adama and his 2IC Tigh and going on a renegade mission in search of Earth.
But after a while they both realise being at odds with one another will achieve nothing but tearing the fleet apart, and they make extra efforts to get along and understand where the other is coming from. The Resurrection Ship two-parter demonstrates the deep love and respect they have for one another and both times I’ve watched it, I’ve come away hoping that one day I might have that kind of love and respect with someone.
But it’s never played as romantic or sexual. Even when they kiss, it plays as affection born out of deep love and respect, not sexual attraction. I totally bought that two adults could have such a deep relationship without eventually getting together romantically.
I think the main reason it comes across so well is that Mary McDonnell has been given such a fleshed-out character to play, a strong, reasoned woman who’s logic you can always grasp, even if you don’t agree with her decisions. And Adama isn’t the only man she has a close, platonic relationship with (as far as I know, she’s never been paired up romantically with someone) – she has close professional and personal relationships with Adama’s son Lee as well as her advisor, Billy. Never is there a hint of romance, and I’ve always been able to see why these men respect and admire her.
Why anyone would respect and admire her.