Okay, I'm officially irritated about
Highlight Reel: The Director's Cut. If it was important
enough to be referenced, it should have been shown
in the episode it belonged in. Adding these bits and
pieces after the fact is plain annoying.
So Chief is having this nightmare, and
he lashes out when he wakes up. Why lash out if he's
dreaming of leaping off a balcony? Who is he defending
himself against? And more to the point, why is he sleeping
on the floor of the deck between Vipers? Wouldn't that
be the first clue there was something wrong?
I found Roslin's notecard-ripping to
be amusing and realistic. Back in the day, for my Public
Speaking courses I would pace around the room rehearsing
until I could do the speech smoothly and slightly ad-libbed
without looking at the outline, which is essentially
what she's doing here. (And she was on the debate team?
So much for not being a real politician before now.
She might have been a teacher once, but she was clearly
prepping for office for a long time.) Adama's comment
about his father's pencil-breaking was similarly sweet
and familiar. I love the giggle attack and how comfortable
she felt with Adama as an escort. They'd make a good
couple if Moore wanted to go that way. They balance
Interesting that Baltar is calling Ghost
Six on her predictions and promises. He was genuinely
distraught about the "loss" of Hera, but
considering how Ghost Six framed the baby as the jewel
in his imperial crown -- both of which are now gone
-- I can see how he's less inclined to follow her lead
blindly. (She can supposedly knock him around and slam
his head into things, but she hasn't transported him
anywhere in a while. After he got bored with the Caprica
house, neither of them could come up with another scenario?)
Now that the baby's been born (and apparently
died), Sharon no longer needs a choke lead? You'd think
she'd be more dangerous now, with nothing to
lose. I'm sort of surprised she's helping them, unless
her ultimate goal is to disappear on Caprica and be
resurrected. But she's walked away from Cylon society
before, so why return now? We still don't know where
her allegiances lie beyond Helo, and why. We know enough
about Boomer and Rebel Six to understand their motives,
but before Helo, Sharon was just another Eight.
Zarek as Baltar's chief political adviser!
I'm surprised Baltar's gotten as far as he has, keeping
that kind of company. He may have the Sagittaron contingent
locked up, but a lot of people still think Zarek is
a murderer. Although we only get a hint of the campaign
(fear vs. hope, pro-choice vs. anti-abortion, that
kind of thing), so maybe there's more to his platform
which is appealing.
"Something big and bad and dark
is coming..." Foreshadowing: a valid literary
Nice to see Dean Stockwell is keeping
busy. He did a good job with this role, actually. I
guess Chief is standing in for the hundreds of people
in the Fleet who probably have the same creeping fear:
What if I'm a Cylon and I don't know it? Granted
we don't know how much has gotten out to the civilians
about sleeper agents, but even just restricting it
to Galactica crew, Chief can't be the only one.
Anyone who knew Boomer or flew with her has to feel
that to some degree. He probably has it the worst because
he was so close with her.
I'm enjoying the politics and the debate.
It's refreshing to see real issues being debated intelligently,
and to see the consequences of policy decisions quickly
and directly in a causal manner which life rarely affords
I love how Baltar's snide comments blow
right back in his face: "I'm just going to sit
right back and wait for the hand of God" -- and
notice he doesn't say hands of the gods -- "to
reach down and change my political fortunes," and
it promptly happens.
I dunno if Ghost Six has a line on anything,
or if she's moving chess pieces on a side of the board
we can't see somehow, but she really talks fast to
exploit everything and anything which comes down the
pike. What if this is part of a greater plan? The Cylons
plant the seeds, so to speak, to get the Colonials
to stay on this planet and settle and stop running
so the centurions can move in and mow them down. It
could easily have been one of hundreds of what-if scenarios
lying dormant and waiting for certain criteria to be
met before being activated. How else did the one Raptor
get knocked off track the first jump, since Sharon
gave them the coordinates? Did someone muck with Sharon?
Is she following orders we don't know about? Did she
get permission to disable an entire squadron of Raiders
with the virus in "Final Cut" so that the
Colonials would trust her enough to hook her up to
their computers again?
Oh, man, the one Raptor materialized
inside a mountain, ick! But that's part of the danger
of this mode of transport.
Was Kara planning on raiding the Farms
on Caprica, or are those women considered as good as
dead? Does she assume the entire Resistance is within
guerilla cell distance of Mr. UM? Did they scan the
rest of the planet? The other colonies?
Doesn't Sharon rate a helmet like everybody
else? She is their main resource for getting back to
the Fleet, which is the point of the mission. Don't
they care if she gets shot?
Is Mr. UM going to tell Sharon (whom
he met before on Caprica, recall) about Boomer
and Rebel Six? Have those two reached
Is their 36 hours up yet? (that is, does this happen
the morning after "Downloaded"?) Did Mr.
UM tell the others about what happened with Boomer
and Rebel Six? ("Yeah, sure, Sam, the Cylons just let
you walk away. Uh-huh. Quit drinkin' before missions,