I didn't notice this post until just now, but I wanted to address this. How was the chief not actually thinking? Crashdown's plan wasn't very thought out; the guy was an officer simply because he was a pilot. He had no leadership skills beyond what he learned in a classroom. The chief acted in ways that implied he'd seen combat. A good officer (at least one with as little experience in the field as Crashdown) would defer judgement or at least ask the advice of his senior NCO.Originally Posted by plot mechanic
Of course Crashdown was written as agitated; I doubt the guy had ever been shot at, outside of a Raptor, in his life before that day. The chief was cool headed and it made perfect sense in the context of the story as well as the individual characters.
I do see your point on how they're written black and white, especially with all the others. But you have to realize that the writers have to appeal to the audiences desires as well as their own creativities. If they were to write these characters as truly flawed as they could be, fewer people would watch the show. They're written with those types of flaws because they're the heroes; no one watches a tv show to see a bunch of people that are just like them and their friends. Even reality shows give horribly inaccurate (and horribly acted in most cases ) examples of flawed characters.
Yes, compared to real life they're very black and white. But compared to any other science fiction show in the US? You never see this kind of thing on Star Trek, even B5 barely scratched the surface of this. Firefly and Farscape were both too focused on the bigger message to spend time on real flaws and Stargate...in terms of character realness it's just Star Trek with less technobabble. BSG may not be the true reflection of reality that the PR team would like reviewers and the audience to believe, but it's a hell of a lot more than we've seen in other sci-fi shows and even beats out many other dramas. I see more character realism in BSG than in any of the CSIs, Law and Orders, etc. To be honest the only show I've ever watched that has truly and honestly flawed lead characters is Rescue Me.