Scarred from the civil war on New Caprica, Col. Tigh has effectively abandoned his position as Executive Officer on Galactica to drink himself to death in his cabin. The episode “Hero” paves the way for Tigh’s redemption through his appropriation of the captivity narrative of Bulldog, a pilot held by the Cylons. This scene can be read as a classic reconstruction narrative from the end of the American Civil War, in which the citizenship of the newly freed African slaves is sacrificed for the reconstruction of the nation. In this scene Tigh begins explaining that Bulldog himself is carrying out Cylon plans by attacking Adama. Tigh exposes Bulldog’s false captivity narrative (in which he overpowered the Cylons and escaped) for the true one (in which the Cylons let him escape to return to the humans to cause trouble). And then Adama interrupts and asks Tigh how he (not Bulldog) can recover from the effects of his capture. Adama seems to realize that Tigh’s narrative has shifted and that Tigh is now speaking about himself, and encourages him to continue. Before Tigh responds, the camera pans to Bulldog for a few seconds, providing an implicit answer. The race of the actors is absolutely key here. Tigh pulled himself out of his stupor to save Adama, having put him into danger in the first place. Rather than continuing Bulldog’s story, Tigh begins to tell his own: that he has been used by the Cylons and that he is wallowing in the shame of this fact. The metaphor Tigh uses is that of alcohol to ease the pain of the shame, once again making an explicit reference to Tigh rather than Bulldog. The narrative of captivity--and the chance for redemption--is now Tigh’s. In the final scene of the episode (not depicted here), Bulldog is sent away from Galactica for treatment and Tigh is on the road to recovery.