I had an enlightening chat with a good friend this eve, I think she is right on some parts of our conversation in part about the show being very well done and good characters bringing the story to life... However we do differ on other issues of the series. One thing we find a difference on is how males are portrayed on the show. She doesn't see them weak minded as I do with some but not all of the males. I think think that Commander Adama shows the excellent quality of leadership needed to lead a fleet of ships across the universe or troops anywhere. I believe Col. Tigh does a fabulous job as second in command, but falters to his wife's' will, seemingly easily swayed by her charms. Apollo shows potential as being a great leader as well, but seems to be looking for respect from his friend Starbuck, who is a strong personality and who seems to almost overshadow Apollo, episode after episode. Lt Boomer shows great skill as a officer in the fleet and one excellent cylon, pushing her partner Helo, further than he believed he could go. Then there is Baltar...ahh Baltar the true essence of a submissive male. I just want to bytch slap back to manhood but he is a great character to hate each week. There are other great characters on the show and I hope they introduce a few more. I would love to see them balance the show of strength more equally between the cast and not push one side or the other so much... well maybe next season.