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January 22, 2006

Battlestar Galactica - Epiphanies

While this episode has its moments, it has been the weakest one of the season so far. Coming on the heels of the challenging two-part Resurrection Ship, I certainly figured on a more transistional episode, but I was disappointed in some of sudden plot turns, such as the obvious Deus ex machina of saving President Roslin with "miracle fetal blood." It really cut off a storyline that could have been explored... letting Roslin go into a coma and be removed from the storyline for several episodes and explore how Baltar would have handled the Presidency. Agreed that Roslin is too important a part (and McDonnell too excellent an actor) to terminate, but there hasn't been enough internal logic background for the sudden recovery.

I also was disappointed that the moral wavering of Baltar we saw, not only in Resurrection Ship, but even in this episode (when he told Gina, aka Pegasus' Six, that he would NOT help in the destruction of mankind) was dumped at the end when he had a hissy fit over the letter Roslin had left him. It just doesn't ring a clear note for me.

Outstanding moments:

Helo struggling to keep himself undercontrol when Adama tells him they are going to forceably abort his and Sharon's baby "I guess it makes it easier to call it a 'Cylon'."

Sharon's rage including smashing her head against the glass.

Roslin's coma flashbacks that keep us in perspective that all was not sweetness and light in the Colonies before the Cylon attack. Also shows she was always a bit of a tough political cookie.

Another thought, old movie fan that I am, the ground swell of a "let's negotiate with the Cylons" that includes a seemingly sincere Gina who believes peace is possible (we've had hints that the Cylons are not all that one-minded either), reminds me of C.B. De Mille's Ten Commandments where the venal Dathan (played by E.G. Robinson) is always around to tell the weary Israelites, morale lagging and being pursued by the Egyptians, that they should stop and negotiate with their pursuers. "Better to be a slave in Egypt then to die in the desert."

Here's hoping that this is BSG's weakest episode.

Posted by Darleen at January 22, 2006 09:35 AM

Comments

What I found facinating about Roslin's flashbacks were her glimpses of Baltar and the Caprica Six. What is she going to do with this knowledge?

Posted by: Gahrie at January 22, 2006 10:09 AM

Gahrie

Yes. Especially since Roslin now owes her life to both Baltar and Sharon.

Posted by: Darleen at January 22, 2006 10:33 AM

This is still a good episode that was weak coming after the 3 part tour de force of the Pegasus arc. I am expecting the intensity to dip until the next major conflict of the season ender.

Posted by: GTBurns at January 22, 2006 09:20 PM

Long live Baltar!

Posted by: Digger at January 22, 2006 11:35 PM