Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 16

Dirty Hands

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 25, 2007 on Syfy



  • Allusions

    • While in his jail cell on Galactica, Gaius Baltar wrote "My Triumphs, My Mistakes", a semi-autobiographical book that includes his observations about the politics and socioeconomics of the fleet. The book and the nature of its creation have strong parallels to the infamous treatise "Mein Kampf", which is often translated as "My Struggle" from the original German. Like Baltar, Adolf Hitler wrote the book by dictating his thoughts while in prison. Just as with Baltar's treatise, "Mein Kampf" is a mixture of autobiography and socio-political ideology.

      Despite the clear similarities, Baltar's book is not meant to mimic Hitler's. The greatest difference is the political focus of the two books. Hitler focused on foreign policy and his racial hatred while Baltar was apparently concerned with the rights of the disenfranchised in the fleet. However, Baltar was motivated by anger, just as Hitler was. Baltar's deep-seated shame over his Aerelon background underlies his attack on the "Caprican aristocracy."