|最期||Executed by firing squad for mutiny & treason, 4 ACH [148,000 BCE] (TRS: "Blood on the Scales")|
|役割、任務||Tactical Officer, Senior Officer of the Watch, CIC, battlestar Galactica, former aide to President Gaius Baltar, de facto commanding officer of Battlestar Galactica during attempted coup d'état|
Illegally appointed commander during mutiny
遺伝子工学を学んでいたゲータ中尉は、アダマにガイアス・バルター博士のサイロン探知機の開発アシスタントに選ばれた。サイロンの攻撃により探知機が即急に必要とされていた(TRS: "Water")。見るからに風変りな博士との仕事を通して、ゲータは博士に対して尊敬と好意を持ち始める。"シェリー・ゴッドフリー"がギャラクティカを訪れたとき、ゲータは博士の無実の罪を着せられたとき潔白を証明するために力を尽くした(TRS: "Six Degrees of Separation")。潔白は証明できたものの、ゲータは証拠写真はゴッドフリーが偽造であると分かるように仕組んでいたことには気づかなかった。
サイロンの攻撃を逃れるため船団をジャンプさせ、ギャラクティカだけが別の座標にジャンプしてしまったとき、ゲータは見事な活躍を見せた (TRS: "Scattered")。FTLコンピューターは正常だったが、アダマ艦長がブーマーに撃たれた混乱の中、ゲータは他の船団の船と座標を同期させるのを忘、異なる座標へジャンプしてしまう。さらに悪いことに、もしギャラクティカが元の座標に戻り船団の座標を割り出す間に、通常の方法ではサイロンに艦を破壊されてしまう。
ゲータは責任を感じ（ソウル・タイは責めなかったが）、艦の４台のコンピューターをネットワークで繋ぐことで（アダマ艦長なら絶対に許可しない）、座標の計算時間を数時間から数分に減らすことができると提案。サイロンがコンピューターに侵入すると考えられるため、ゲータは５つのファイアーウォールをネットワークに設置し、艦の兵器とバイパーで計算に必要な時間を稼いだ。だがファイアーウォールは完璧では無かった。彼の気付かないところで、ネットワークが切断される前に、サイロンは最後のファイアーウォールを破っていた。その結果、センチュリオンが艦内に侵入してきたとき、艦全体の重要なシステムが使用不能となった (TRS: "Valley of Darkness")。だが最終的には、彼はシステムからウィルスを除去することができた。
Gaeta's calm exterior shows signs of wear when his interview with D'Anna Biers shows him somewhat drunk, smoking, and brandishing a rather garish tattoo of a tiger. Viewers learn from the footage that Gaeta's first name is Felix (TRS: "Final Cut").
The Cylon virus rears its ugly head once more a few weeks later when shipboard malfunctions increase to a point where consoles begin to sputter and short out. Gaeta confirms that the same virus they thought they had removed from the formerly-networked computers had metamorphized into a heuristic program--a logic bomb--that studied and probed flaws in the battlestar's computers and the hardware that each system manages. The logic bomb threatenes to disable the ship's human control on a Cylon fighter's command--and a Cylon attack is imminent.
After Colonel Tigh's command to perform the daunting task of inspecting many lines of computer code for a Cylon virus, the young lieutenant completely loses his cool:
- Gaeta: A power surge energized the board. System's been twitchy ever since the Cylons infiltrated our network.
- Tigh: Commander's right. I don't care if you have to go through this program line by line; fix it.
- Gaeta: Excuse me?
- Tigh: You heard me.
- Gaeta: Sir, I'm running every diagnostic we've got. Checking each line of code could take days.
- Tigh: I am not interested in excuses. Fix it!
- Gaeta: It's not an excuse, sir. It's a frakking fact!
Everyone on the bridge, especially Commander Adama, is shocked by Gaeta's highly uncharacteristic outburst, but Adama is not particularly surprised, knowing that everyone on Galactica has low morale after working for months with no relief or change to their routine.
Gaeta has a solution for the logic bomb: Wipe all computer hard drives and restore them from backups made before the Cylon attack. The problem in doing this is that Galactica will be completely vulnerable to attack, save for her Viper fighters, for several minutes as her computers are rebuilt.
Against his instincts and on Laura Roslin's advice, Adama opts to use the unique abilities of the cooperative Caprica copy of Sharon Valerii to aid them. Gaeta gives the humanoid Cylon a fiber-optic data link with access to the battlestar mainframe computer and the ship's communications. After a few tense moments, Valerii asks Gaeta to perform the computer hard drive wipe after taking into her computer/brain a copy of the Cylon virus. She manipulates it and transmits to the massive incoming Cylon fleet, disabling the entire Cylon fleet in the same way that the Colonials suffered in the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. The Colonial forces destroy the entire Cylon force without a single Colonial casualty (TRS: "Flight of the Phoenix").
Gaeta is among the tense officers and crew in CIC that witness a standoff between their battlestar and the heavily-advanced battlestar Pegasus, whose commander, Admiral Helena Cain, has opted to execute two Galactica crew members after she tried them herself and against Adama's requests for the rights of his crew to have a fair, open trial (TRS: "Pegasus").
During the presidential election, Gaeta is assigned to aid and oversee the ballot counting process on Galactica. He also aids in thwarting Roslin's plans to steal the election (though he apparently never knew - or indicates any knowledge of - who exactly is behind it, other than Colonel Saul Tigh) by discovering the illegitimate ballots from the Zephyr. The only reason he realizes that the Zephyr's ballots were tampered with is due to the fact that the Zephyr's original, valid ballots had misspelled Gaius Baltar's name - the fixed ballots did not share this error. (Gaeta had authorized the go-ahead to use the misspelled ballots due to the lack of time to print new ones prior to the opening of the polls.) Due to this happenstance discovery, Baltar, who had been rightfully elected President, was sworn in as president and ordered the Fleet to colonize New Caprica.
A year later on New Caprica, Gaeta seems to be an adviser to President Gaius Baltar. His previous post on Galactica is assumed by Karl Agathon. While Gaeta is pleased that there had been no Cylon attacks during Baltar's presidency, he disapproves of Baltar's womanizing and is secretly infuriated at Baltar's devil-may-care attitude towards the New Caprica City Worker's Union and the Quorum of Twelve. Gaeta later brings news of the Cylon invasion to the president and is present when Baltar surrenders New Caprica to Caprica-Six and Number Five (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II").
Gaeta is also the New Caprica Resistance inside source into the inner workings of the Cylons. He seems to favor an assassination of President Baltar as he provides the group with information that he is going to attend the New Caprica Police force graduation, which is disrupted by Duck's suicide bombing. However, upon learning that Baltar would not attend, he rushes to contact the group to warn them Baltar that is not going to be there (TRS: "Occupation").
Being the "inside man" allows him to help the New Caprica Resistance understand the inner Cylon related activities and security procedures on New Caprica. For him to contact the group, he flips Jake's yellow bowl upside down and leaves a note or information packet in a nearby tool bin for the resistance to find. Galen Tyrol does not know that he is the "inside man" and when they talk, Tyrol accuses him of being a collaborator (TRS: "Precipice").
Around the same time, Gaeta is seduced by a Number Eight. Believing that he can trust her, he gives her lists with names of human prisoners. The Eight promises to do what she can to save them, but only has a few token humans freed and the rest executed for being valuable to the humans. Gaeta only learns of her betrayal much later (The Face of the Enemy).
As the Cylons are preparing to evacuate during the Battle of New Caprica, Gaeta pulls a gun on a distraught President Baltar, clearly intending to kill him. Caprica-Six attempts to dissuade Gaeta from this course of action. In contrast to his companion's feelings, Baltar seems fully willing to die; but he tells Gaeta that he is the only one who could stop a Number Three-model Cylon from detonating a nuclear weapon hidden somewhere in the city of New Caprica. This convinces the reluctant Gaeta to let Baltar go, giving the disgraced leader a chance to redeem himself. Gaeta emerges from the same ship behind Colonel Tigh when Tigh asks Admiral Adama for permission to come aboard Galactica during the post-battle celebration (TRS: "Exodus, Part II").
Return to Duty
Gaeta is initially isolated from Galactica's crew and those who were on New Caprica. Because of his high position in the collaborationist government, they believe he carried out the will of the Cylons. When he arrives in CIC to help with repairs on the communication systems damaged during the recent battle, former resistance leader Colonel Tigh is openly hostile towards him. Gaeta attempts to defend his actions in a tense conversation with Kara Thrace by revealing himself as Tyrol's mysterious informant. Starbuck doesn't know about the informant, since she was a captive of Leoben Conoy during the four-month Cylon occupation. She mocks her crewmate and dismisses his revelation as a poorly fabricated lie.
When Gaeta's name comes up for review in the the Circle, he is convicted of collaborating with the enemy and sentenced to death, despite the lack of evidence against him. The six-person tribunal takes him to a Viper launch tube to face his sentence. When asked to defend himself, Gaeta says that he already had and refuses to beg for his life. This infuriates Kara Thrace, who lashes out at him in a physical attack and resumes the mocking she started in the mess hall. Upon hearing Thrace repeat information about the dog bowl, Galen Tyrol realizes that Gaeta was indeed the informant from inside the Baltar administration. Gaeta is released and allowed to go. He resumes his duties as a lieutenant, still shunned by most of his crewmates except Tyrol (TRS: "Collaborators").
After his recommissioning, he takes over Baltar's scientific duties, concentrating on deciphering his notes and determining the course to Earth. Gaeta appears to have a grudge against Tigh for his part in the Circle that nearly ended in Gaeta's death, as he wears a scowl while everyone else celebrates Tigh's return from his self-exile.
Baltar is aware of Gaeta's relationship with the Eight on New Caprica. During an interrogation, he whispers to Gaeta, "I know what your Eight did". Baltar's knowledge leads Gaeta to try to kill him by stabbing him in the neck. However, he is stopped and knocked out by Admiral Adama ("Taking a Break from All Your Worries", The Face of the Enemy) .
During Baltar's trial for which he faces the death penalty, Gaeta commits perjury, claiming that he was there when Baltar signed the death lists and that Baltar offered no resistance in approving them (TRS: "Crossroads, Part II").
Member of the Demetrius Crew
Later, Gaeta becomes part of the Demetrius's crew on its mission to find Earth (TRS: "The Ties That Bind"). After Kara Thrace orders Karl Agathon to jump to a Cylon baseship to retrieve information regarding Earth, Agathon refuses the order believing it to be too risky. When he is relieved by Thrace, she appoints Gaeta as her new XO and gives him the same order. Like Agathon, Gaeta refuses to comply with the order, creating a standoff between the ship's officers which leads Agathon to relieve Thrace of command (TRS: "The Road Less Traveled"). During this standoff Anders shoots Gaeta in the leg before he can initiate a jump back to Galactica. Having to wait 15 hours for a Raptor to return, Gaeta is worried that he will lose his leg because of the lack of proper medical treatement (TRS: "Faith").
Returned to Galactica, Gaeta does lose his leg. In recovery, he deals with the stress and phantom pain by singing a mournful ballad over and over (TRS: "Guess What's Coming to Dinner?"). Shortly later, he returns to duty, still in pain from his ordeal, but refusing to be relieved (TRS: "Revelations").
In the webisodes "The Face of the Enemy" it was revealed that Gaeta had been in a relationship with communications officer Lieutenant Louis Hoshi, though their relationship did not survive the webisode series.
After the formation of the Cylon-Human alliance, Gaeta entices Vice President Zarek to stage a coup d'état and leads a rebellion against Admiral Adama and President Roslin. Gaeta seizes control of the ship, and is appointed commander by Zarek, becoming the de facto commanding officer of Galactica though fighting continues throughout the ship.
Adama and Tigh are ultimately arrested after helping Roslin and Baltar escape the ship. Gaeta orders Tigh jailed, and attempts to force Adama to reason with President Roslin. Adama refuses and instead tells Gaeta contemptuously that he is now the 'admiral'.
Gaeta is horrified to see the bodies of the Quorum members after Zarek ordered their mass assassination, but continues his allegiance. Despite Zarek's preference for quick and brutal removal of opponents, Gaeta insisted that Admiral Adama be tried for treason, et al., with Zarek as the entire tribunal, and Romo Lampkin serving as Adama's lawyer. Zarek summarily finds Adama guilty, and Gaeta orders the creation of a firing squad.
Having previously ordered her Raptor to be shot down, Gaeta is forced into a defensive position when Roslin takes command of the rebel Cylon Basestar. Zarek attempts to break Roslin's resolve by lying to her that Tigh died in an escape attempt and erroneously reporting that Adama was executed. The plan backfires; it steels Roslin's resolve, and she swears to destroy them at all costs. Zarek urges Gaeta to fight. Gaeta, feeling that enough blood had been shed, instead attempts to escape by jumping away with those ships who have obeyed his order to spin up their FTL drives. Galen Tyrol manages to manually disable Galactica's FTL drive, preventing a jump.
As the rest of his crew prepares to fire, Gaeta remembers what he had said to Thrace about there being a reckoning and that people would have to answer for their actions. Realizing that he, too, would soon face his own reckoning, Gaeta orders weapons hold. Seconds later, CIC is stormed by Adama and a large contingent of loyal officers and marines.
Gaeta gives up without a fight, and he and Zarek are led away, their rebellion ended. Gaeta later discusses things with Baltar, admitting that he doesn't mind that he lost but making an unclear statement (one that Baltar claims to have understood) about hoping people would understand who he is.
Gaeta and Zarek are executed by firing squad for mutiny and treason. Just prior to his death, Gaeta realizes in shock that his amputated leg no longer itches. His last words are, "It stopped!" (TRS: "Blood on the Scales")
- Gaeta does not wear any junior pilot wings on his duty uniform during the Miniseries, but has flight wings in nearly every appearance since the Miniseries.
- While Gaeta is described as the "Tactical Officer", his role is closer to that of the US Navy's CIC Watch Officer (CICWO), combining it with elements of the Tactical Watch Officer (TAO), a role also partially fulfilled by Colonel Tigh, both under the command of William Adama. According to the official SciFi.com character data file, Gaeta's title is "Senior Officer of the Watch", although the title of Tactical Officer may have a better "ring" to the ears of most viewers.
- The name "Felix" - first revealed in the episode "Final Cut" - means "happy" in Latin; the connotations of the Latin word imply being fortunate, lucky, prosperous.
- Gaeta is the name of a small seaport and resort in southern Italy.
- In the Miniseries, Gaeta's name is usually pronounced [ˈgaɪ.ɾə] , while Colonel Tigh seems to vacillates between [ˈgeɪ.ɾə] and [ˈgaɪ.ɾə] - this may also be atributed to the varying severity of Michael Hogan's Canadian accent. However, in all subsequent episodes, everyone pronounces it as [ˈgeɪ.ɾə] .
- Despite his relationship with the female Eight, Gaeta is often said to be homosexual.
- Unlike most of the series' officers, Gaeta is usually addressed as "Mr. Gaeta", rather than by his rank. This appears to mirror real-world naval tradition, in which male officers with the rank of lieutenant or below are referred to and addressed as 'Mister.'
- In "Taking a Break From All Your Worries", Baltar's words can't be heard. This was originally the remnant of a subplot that was cut from the storyline and later retconned in order to provide an explanation for Gaeta's reaction. See Taking a Break From All Your Worries#From the podcast for the original idea.
- Writer's commentary to webisode 10; Gaeta ends the relationship in order to protect Hoshi from the fallout of what Gaeta is about to do.