"I think the way to answer this question is to start, really, with Gaius Baltar. You know, he sees.. Six, and he sees Baltar, and I think there's lots of things you could call them, maybe spirits, apparitions, um... But one of the things you could call them is angels."I wish the show had tried to explain this a little bit. What are angels in the BSG universe? Are they spirits of the dead like Kara (if she is an angel)? What are HeadSix and HeadBaltar? In one way, it's good that it was left open, but in another way, it bugs me a bit. But not to get into this debate all over again.
"Angels are... I think of them iconically as people, in that western way, you know, appearing. And people embodying that idea... Well, I think people, personalities, do embody lots of... archetypes. Almost... it's like grooved into our DNA. We're, like, ritualistically inclined."
Professor James! Nice to see you again. But what is he saying, really? That he doesn't believe in angels, but he does have these western ideas that are ingrained in us through culture? Or that he does believe in them, because of our culture? Or something else? I'm not sure what he's trying to communicate here, and I feel this way about basically all religion-related comments I've heard him make. It's like he knows a lot about the topic, in an academic sense, but doesn't really know where he stands in terms of actual spirituality.
"People do perform functions in your life where they guide you, where they help you, where some ray of hope comes out of ... literally, the darkness, you had no idea."
OK, I'm gonna have to be awkwardly personal once again, because this really struck a chord in me. In my depression over the last few months, one of the biggest rays of hope has been James. It feels weird to think about it. I didn't even know about him a year ago, and now he means so much to me. He's given me something to do, new things to find, someone to look up to and fantasize about. I believe it's made me grow as a person. Through him, I also got to know fellow fan M, who was there for me and helped me understand that I needed help. I would never have met her if it weren't for James.
I don't want to say that James stopped me from killing myself, because my final thoughts were always of my girlfriend and family. But he's definitely one of the reasons that I've found life worth living lately. He's my angel.