“Dirty Hands” focuses on the workforce within the fleet that we rarely see, the men and women struggling in the background to get their jobs done. Their work is neither glamorous nor rewarding, and when they stand up to demand better conditions, they are shut down by Roslin and Adama. Chief Tyrol begins to suspect their cause is just and eventually leads them on strike.
Believe it or not, my personal inspiration for this episode actually stemmed from my favorite episode of Batman: The Animated Series. I loved this series when it was on the air in the early 90’s. I firmly believe it has what could be the greatest television soundtrack of all time, scored by Shirley Walker and her amazing team of composers. Shirley, who conducted and orchestrated many scores for Danny Elfman, took the Batman mythology into incredible new musical realms, far beyond anything created for the feature films. Her themes for Batman, the Joker, the Penguin, Catwoman and the other characters have always stuck in my mind as their definitive musical identities.