In “Caprica” Season 1 Episode 11 “Retribution,” we see the lengths to which some people will go in pursuit of money, power, and the fulfillment of faith. The body count in this episode is enormous for retail murder.
Spoilers surely follow.
As the result of a botched space port bombing, Clarice learns that several of her young charges have turned against her and have aligned themselves with Barnabas, her rival in the monotheistic terrorist movement. Clarice is of the mind that to disobey her is to disobey God. There is only one punishment for that.
The message here is that faith that is unhindered either by reason or humility is capable of anything. When God commands it, or at least someone commands it in the name of God, then children setting bombs and then someone else murdering the same children is not only permissible, but also imperative.
In the meantime, Daniel Greystone, with the help of the Adama crime syndicate, is plotting his comeback. There is an important vote of the board coming up, and Daniel would like to have it go his way. Thanks to the research of the Adamas, it seems that certain board members have weaknesses that would not stand the light of day. The fact that many of these men have been Daniel’s friends does not enter into it. They voted to oust him, so now anything is permissible. Even driving someone to commit suicide.
The lesson here is that when one strikes at the King, one had better make sure one kills him. Otherwise, he is free to come back at you with everything he has.
Finally, Amanda, having had doubts planted within her by Agent Durham, who is awesome in his incorruptibility, may be about ready to shoot Clarice out of-what?-betrayal? Unrequited love? We shall no doubt see shortly.
What is the overall message that lays ahead? Are we being told that the society of Caprica, as well as the other colonies, is irredeemably corrupt and venal? There is a reason for the appeal of a monotheistic religion and it is not the novelty of worshiping one god over many. The monotheists must believe, even subconsciously, that their faith will somehow renew and redeem the corrupt society in which they find themselves. Hence, the willingness to plant bombs and kill people.
The sad thing is, whatever happens does not really matter. We know that in a few decades hence, Caprica and the rest of the 12 colonies will be annihilated by the new race of Cylons being born, inspired by the faith in the one God. What is occurring is but a shadow play leading up to the main event, a conflagration, a chase across the stars, and a new birth on that shining planet known as Earth.
Source: Caprica, Retribution, TV.Rage