Apparently Helo is the only one of the
Colonials who doesn't immediately see Caprica Sharon
as homicidal toaster, but Sharon is the only
model of the Cylons who hasn't actually been
a homicidal toaster (although she's tried). So we can
forgive Lee and Roslin a bit of knee-jerk defensiveness,
Interesting how Adama
asks what they've lost and Dee first responds in
terms of people.
Adama wants to know
supplies. Dee is thinking in terms of family. But Adama
spends much of his airtime this week talking about
the strength of family bonds, and the love he has for
the people in the fleet, and Dee neatly plays on that
later when she pressures him to reunite the two groups
of ships simply because the separation is too painful.
(A parallel: last time, Roslin made a bad decision,
and Adama "won" by arresting her. This time,
she makes another bad decision, but she "wins" because
Adama relents and goes back for her third of the fleet.)
I know the camera was slowed down, but the dawning
of rage on Lee's face when he saw Caprica Sharon was
a thing of beauty. Bamber is definitely rising in my
estimation as an actor.
Even though Caprica Sharon seems to be helping the
Colonials, she's awfully convenient with her revelations.
She doesn't mention she's pregnant until Helo is ready
to plug her. She doesn't mention that she knows where
Kara was being held until at least a day or two of
searching. She doesn't mention that she knows where
the Tomb of Athena is until Roslin's goons have her
halfway to the airlock. She doesn't mention anything
about potential centurion assaults or Bouncing Betty
mines on Kobol until Elosha steps on a trigger. She
doesn't mention that she's going for a weapon to shoot
said centurions until after she's taken them out and
glared at Lee for jumping to perfectly reasonable conclusions.
What else is she going to reveal when Lee puts a gun
to her head again? I don't trust her. She may or may
not agree with what the rest of the Collective has
planned for the Colonials, but she hasn't completely
switched sides, either.
Adama cracking walnuts with his bare hands whoa!
Poor redshirt replacement squadron captain. I would
have liked it better if he'd really been competent
so Lee won't have such a cakewalk of a return. Although
for Adama to refer to late Zak and lost Lee in the
same phrase shows the depth to which Lee's betrayal
has hurt his father.
I wonder if Adama was squirming inside when he held
out his hand to Birch for another handshake, remembering
what happened the last time he made that gesture?
Well, Adama didn't necessarily handle the press better
than Tigh, but he did handle the press conference more
firmly. He made his statement without apology, made
a token effort to answer questions, and walked when
he didn't like the reporters' attitude. I wasn't happy
that he made a veiled threat against the freedom of
the press, but that's better than martial law. (Which
reminds me, has it been revoked yet?)
While Baltar complains that Six is casting his lot
in with the Cylons, I don't think he can be one of
the 12 models, because she's gone on at such length
about him being the human father of their half-breed
child. Like Helo, if he's a Cylon, then the whole arc
Caprica Sharon definitely has more sense
of her Cylon identity; in the holding cell she's even
starting to lapse into that half-mythical argot which
Six uses most of the time. But she tells Roslin sharply
that she's not reporting to the Collective in real time:
"It doesn't work like that, I'm not wired in!"
So why doesn't Roslin ask how it does work? On
Caprica, Sharon told Kara "I didn't access that
data" on the farms. Okay, what data DID you access?
How? How regularly are you connected? Are all the others
connected? How did you conceive with Helo when you're
a machine? Why did you take up with Helo when every
other Cylon has tried to murder every other human? What
do you know about Adama's shooting? For frack's sake,
why is your race trying to slaughter ours and how do
we get them to stop?
The very first half-cooperative Cylon
is in the middle of a group which has a military captain,
a shrewd politician, and a paranoid terrorist, and not
one of them is even attempting to get some intel
out of her? That's a big annoying plot hole. Roslin
is thinking tactically enough to use Sharon's "emotions"
against her as blackmail, so why doesn't she think to
have someone interrogate her?
Helo, you're very cute, but you're not
very bright. How exactly did you think people were going
to react when you revealed that one of their pilots,
someone who'd been part of Galactica for like
two years, was a Cylon? Even not knowing about the assassination
attempt, the Cylons annihilated most of the human species.
He saw how Kara reacted in the museum. Helo himself
was ready to kill her. Why did he think that because
he's softened, that everyone else would? If he'd spent
half a second thinking about it, he would have left
Sharon on the ship and tried to explain what was going
on first, and then brought her in.
I really thought either Kat or Hotdog was going to
buy it in that asteroid-shooting scene...
Sigh. Zarek appears to be picking up his billy club
of violence again instead of continuing with the scalpel
of politics. I'm disappointed. I'd hoped he'd be more
subtle than that, that he'd continue to walk the line
without committing to either side. It's more interesting
I don't mind if Lee and Kara get together -- at least
they're going about it like adults, and staying in
character. He's quiet and somewhat sensitive, she's
a brash tomboy, they play well together. But adding
the triangle with the Triad captain, or a square with
Baltar (ew!), is on the road to BSG: Telemundo,
and we've already ruined one perfectly good sci-fi
franchise that way.
While I'm not exactly celebrating Elosha's death,
I think that it means that once the Arrow business
is concluded, Roslin will wrap up her prophetic duties
and this particular religious arc will be retired.
The compare-and-contrast between the Kobolian faith
and the Cylon god are interesting, but the repeated
references to literal scripture are starting to get
I thought that they Colonials needed special BMF bullets
to take out the centurions? Or did they make sure to
arm everyone with the correct ammo just in case?
The camera work with Adama in the hallway making his
decision was nice, but reeeeeally obvious. Go forward
or go back? Go left or go right? Crossroads. Jeez,
did the directors use up their whole bag of tricks
already that they have to use something so blunt?
I found another connection which I didn't know existed:
I was reading a book of Greek myths and came across Thrace,
which I'd forgotten was a "periphery" (roughly
a province or state) at the far northeastern tip of
Greece, bordering on Turkey. Ron Moore is really having
fun with names and cultures.