CKS Memorial Hall (國立中正紀念堂), during the last day of the Lantern Festival. Part of the Lantern Festival Series.
This recap and analysis has spoilers. Do not read if you haven’t seen the finale of the 3rd season of Battlestar Galactica.
Sam, the Chief and Kernel Ty are hearing the same sort of ghostly melody around the ship. This has been going on since the last two episodes.
Lee Adama tells the lawyer and Baltar that their only chance is to declare a mistrial, but Baltar doesn’t want to hear about that because he will have to go through a trial again. He reads a passage from a law book that his grandfather wrote.
When getting a treatment for cancer, Laura Roslyn, Athena and Caprica Six all have the same vision. It involves being in the opera hall and seeing that Caprica Six protects and takes Hera with her. She seems to meet Baltar in this vision. They all meet and quickly discuss the situation. Caprica Six tells the others that she felt compelled to protect Hera from something.
When Kernel Ty tells the Admiral about the music he has been hearing, he looks like he is totally crazy.
The lawyer calls Lee Adama to the stand and he makes a passionate plea about the situation. The lawyer wanted Lee to testify that his dad had said that Baltar was scum and a traitor, and didn’t deserve a trial. But when Lee doesn’t do as the lawyer wants, he changes tactics and probes into the reasons why he thinks that Baltar isn’t guilty of his charges.
In his plea, Lee says that all of the crimes of the fleet were forgiven, including his in which 1000 civilians died when he shot at a vessel. Still, treason and murder was forgiven. Why were Baltar’s crimes so heinous? He was in an impossible situation. If he hadn’t surrendered, the cylons would have nuked New Caprica and that would have been the end of the human race.
Baltar is found not guilty, by a vote of 3 to 2. The Admiral didn’t vote for his guilt. He voted to for his innocence, of the charges. The Admiral tells the President that the defense made their case, the prosecution didn’t. We see that Lee and the Admiral seem to have forgiven themselves and that Lee will probably reinstated as a major when the season begins again.
Sam, the Chief, Kernel Ty and the President’s aide are four of the last five cylon models. They find themselves all in the same room, for no apparent reason.
The ship has jumped near the target nebula. Upon arrival, things start to get dicey.
While this happens, a massive energy surge goes through the fleet. When they restore power, they find an enormous cylon fleet getting ready to attack them. I saw at least 20 base ships launching cylon raiders.
Apollo goes out one more time into space, even if he hasn’t the right to do so anymore and finds a bogie near him in the nebula. He investigates and finds Kara in a fighter telling him that she has been to Earth and that she will bring everyone there.
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The season ends without really any more information on the different situations. We knew that there were 5 other cylon models out there. The revelation that the Chief, Sam, the aide and Kernel Ty are four of those five models is surprising, but not improbable. What is actually more surprising is that Kara Thrace is back and alive. If she is alive, then she must be a cylon. She died in the gravity well of the gaseous planet and downloaded into a new body.
Or the gods are involved in some sort mystical way. It’s funny, because the only time that the gods were involved in some fashion was when the Chief was trying to decipher the messages and the puzzle at the Temple, right before it got destroyed by a supernova.
In the last scene, we see a zoom out of the Milky Way and a zoom in to Earth. It looks like the fleet is in another branch of the Milky Way, still tens of thousands of light years away from Earth.