Battlestar Galactica The Ties That Bind S04E03 (Scifi)

Battlestar Galactica is an Emmy Award winning science fiction television program created by Ronald D. Moore that first aired on October 18, 2004 in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Sky One, and January 14, 2005 in the United States on SCI FI. Repeats of episodes have been shown in the United States on SCI FI, NBC, Bravo, and in high definition on Universal HD.

Battlestar Galactica continues from the 2003 mini-series to chronicle the journey of the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol after their nuclear annihilation by the Cylons. The survivors are led by President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama in a ragtag fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica, a powerful but old warship, as its command ship. Pursued by Cylons intent on wiping out the remnants of the human race, the survivors travel across the galaxy looking for the fabled and long-lost thirteenth colony: Earth.

From the Wikipedia entry for Battlestar Galactica.

It’s been over a year since we had fresh episodes of Battlestar Galactica. It hasn’t helped that because of the WGA strike, we will only be seeing a 8 or 10 episode season this year. The other episodes will air in 2009.

That being said, the end of the last season was spectacular. It was revealed that Colonel Tigh, Sam Anders, the Chief and Tory Foster were four of the five final Cylon models. On top of that, Kara Thrace returned to the fleet with a message from Earth.

I used to think that Thrace was the final Cylon model. I’m no longer sure of this, although her disappearance and reappearance is hard to swallow without thinking about Cylons, I believe that Thrace is the key to Earth. She believes that too. No one else believes this, except Apollo naturally and maybe the Admiral. He’s known her for too long to think that she’s just gone bonkers.

The newly resurrected One makes his move. He lulls Six and Eight into a false sense of confidence and ambushes their ships. It’s the start of a Cylon civil war. It all depends where Six and Eight will be resurrected. Who has the control of the resurrection ships? That’s what matters.

Apollo is used by VP Zarek to undermine the authority of Roslin in the quorum. He’s a bit naive and gets easily manipulated by him.

Starbuck left with a full squad of vipers to find Earth. They have been searching for over three weeks with no results. There are doubts about Starbuck’s sanity, but she marshals on.

I thought this episode was excellent. It was predictable that One would come back to destroy Six and Eight. There was just no way around that. I found it surprising how easily Six was duped. Eight was still didn’t fully trust One, but Six was complacent because she was going to get the Threes resurrected. Their ships got destroyed. If One has the control of the resurrection ships, he can box their whole lines. I don’t think that he’ll be able to do this though. I found it funny how the Centurions behave. You have to ask them nicely so that they do what is asked of them. One says that it’s a can of worms. Six doesn’t agree. One doesn’t believe in God that much. He thinks that they are all machines and don’t have any souls.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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One wakes up in the resurrection ship. He is told that the fleet is split right down the middle. Six has taken over his ship. Boomer kisses him.

Callie is pissed with the Chief for being absent so much from their home. The baby is crying and she’s alone to take care of it. She’s taking drugs. She finds out that the Chief has been to Joe’s bar.

The Chief is with Foster at the bar. Callie comes looking for them with their child. Foster is enjoying Ambrosia, she never used to before. Callie sees them together. She tries to confront him, but pukes on her way there. She leaves believing that something is going on between the Chief and Foster.

Roslin is getting more treatments from the doc. The Admiral reads her a book.

Apollo accepts his appointment to the quorum. He makes his acceptance speech. The Admiral is asked about the Demetrius. He says that the ship jumped away on a military mission. Roslin isn’t happy with what the Admiral has done with Kara.

Starbuck has got a squad of vipers with her on the Demetrius. She’s busy trying to find her way back to Earth. Felix Gaeta, Seelix, Anders, Athena, Helo and a few others are with her. Their patience is wearing thin after a fruitless 22 day search.

The Chief tries to explain himself to Callie, but she doesn’t give shit. She should have dumped the kid on him a while ago.

One comes back to the command ship. Six wants the lobotomy of the raiders stopped. She wants Three’s line resurrected. Six wants to unite the twelve models. One says that he will relay her wishes to his faction. Six asks the Centurions nicely to escort One off the ship.

Lee gets a visit from VP Zarek. He nominated Adama. Zarek says that the President will be hard for him to reach since he stood up for Baltar. He asks him about Demetrius. Zarek says that Roslin wants to save them all. She’s starting to act like a tyrant. He gives Adama a classified file before leaving. Roslin hasn’t come clean about the Demetrius mission, neither has the Admiral.

The last time that the Chief laid hands on his wife was when he broke her jaw. The doc prescribes her some morphine.

On the Demetrius, Starbuck is painting a mural. Anders wants to know what is going on with her. She says that she only married him because it was easy and safe. She tells him to leave. She starts to assault him and they get up close and personal. Starbuck wants to f*ck. They tumble on the bed. Later, she tells him that she feels like her body is some alien thing that she is attached to. She feels different, no longer human. Ironically, Anders knows that he himself recently discovered that he is a Cylon.

One has another meeting with the Six. The others that are aligned with One agree to unbox the Threes. The Threes are being downloaded in the resurrection facilities. It’s twelve jumps away. Six says that she will remain on their ships while they travel. Sounds fishy to me.

Roslin still won’t discuss the Demetrius situation. It’s starting a shitstorm in chambers. The quorum is kind of like the house of representatives of the twelve colonies. When Adama tries to help Roslin out, Roslin says that she doesn’t need a junior delegate to act as a spokesperson. Adama asks her about Executive Order 112. It creates a justice system that Roslin only controls. She would appoint judges herself and they would only control. Roslin says that this was just a preliminary system.

In space, Six’s ships walk into One’s trap. They are ambushed. As Six’s ships are destroyed, One sits with Boomer who weeps for what they have done. One says God will save the rebel Cylon’s immortal souls, but when Boomer asks what of their own souls, he responds: “We’re machines, we don’t have any.”

Callie finds a note from Tight to Tyrol. It’s a time and a place for a meeting. Callie goes there and sees Tigh, Foster and her husband meet. She climbs into the bulkhead to find out what they are talking about. She overhears that Tigh telling Tyrol that he has to stop an affair with Tory. He tells them that the last thing that he needs is his Cylon hating wife finding out that a bunch of skinjobs are walking around on the Galactica. As they leave, Tory is the only one that notices the loose panel on the maintenance shaft. She goes back to her quarters.

Tyrol’s voice echoes in the room. It sounds inhuman. When Tyrol tries to touch Nicky, Callie knocks him out with multiple hits with a wrench. In a daze, she walks to the Viper hangar with her son. She uses the Chief’s keys to walk into a Viper launch tube with Nicky. Tory arrives and tries to talk her down.

With Tory inside, Callie closes the hatch. Tory says that they only found out that they were Cylons when they entered the Ionian nebula. Tory says that they aren’t evil. Callie breaks down and calms down. Tory takes Nicky from Callie and throws her across the room with incredible force. Callie wakes up and sees Tory on the other side of the airlock with Nicky. Tory activates the tube and launches Callie into space.

Her frozen lifeless body is recovered. The Admiral tells Tyrol that Callie is dead.

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