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Mar. 15th, 2006
02:30 am -
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March 15th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right about Kali's crime - I remembered that after I'd gone to bed.
I was wondering how significant it was that Sharon looks human; there was an argument that Maddox made in the TNG episode "Measure of a Man" (the court case about whether Data counted as property), where he said "If Data looked like a toaster then we wouldn't be having this conversation, so you're all just anthropomorphising him based on his appearance." I don't think that's skewing my judgment much, although this particular crime only makes sense against someone/something that looks human, so it's tricky to imagine a control experiment (e.g. raping the Enterprise computer).
More generally, it maoy be significant that I'm thinking of Sharon as a good person, more specifically than just a person. Having said that (and without asking for spoilers!), even if it turned out that it was all just an act, and she was in communication with the rest of the Cylon fleet, that still wouldn't justify Thorne's behaviour. When President Roslyn wanted to throw her out of an airlock recently, that mainly bothered me because she'd broken her word (having guaranteed Sharon's safety about 2 minutes beforehand) - if she'd said that from the start, then I'd disagree, but I'd accept her decision. I think it would be more merciful to shoot someone first (quick death rather than slow death), but even suffocating wouldn't be as bad as what went on in that jail cell.