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.
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 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.
Before 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.
Most of this episode is spent wondering if Starbuck is the real Starbuck or a Cylon duplicate. Meanwhile, the newly revealed Cylons are questioning their allegiance to the Cylons. They want to remain true to the fleet, but that’s going to be hard if they are programmed for certain events. Thanks to Sam during the dogfight, the Cylons know that they have been reactivated. Baltar consolidates his power in the cult that has been developing around his mythos.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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There are twelve Cylon models. Seven are known. Four were revealed in the last season. There is still one more model that is unknown.
The Chief, Kernel Tigh, Sam and Tory Foste were revealed to be Cylons living aboard the fleet.
In the end of the last season, Kara Thrace came back. She wanted to take the fleet back to Earth. She said that she has been there.
The action resumes seconds after it stopped. Apollo doesn’t believe Starbuck. Kara’s voice is analyzed by the Galactica and revealed to be hers. The President doesn’t believe that it’s Starbuck.
They have to engage the Cylons. Tigh takes out a gun and shoots Adam in the eye. That’s what he imagined. It didn’t happen for real. It’s creepy. The Chief is getting the raptors ready to go out. Sam starts freaking out. The Chief has to calm him down. Athena walks by and tells him not to worry. She doesn’t know that Sam’s a Cylon.
Baltar is escorted away by his supporters.
The special effects are really good in this episode. There is still the annoying wobbly space camera, but the effects are great. The fleet loses the Pyxis.
The fleet is taking some hard hits. Sam has trouble shooting a raider. It correctly identifies him as a Cylon by scanning his retina. The Cylon strike force returns to their base ships. The base ships are spinning up their FTL drives.
Baltar’s been followed to his new hideout. It feels like a cult, and the cultists revere him. Naturally it’s filled with hot chicks. He must be happy. They have a shrine dedicated to him.
Starbuck disembarks from her raptor. Everyone is surprised to see her. Lee embraces her. The Admiral wants to see her. She’s going to have a physical to prove that she isn’t a Cylon. She thinks that she’s been gone for 6 hours. She’s been gone for two months.
Baltar wants to leave, but is informed that security is too tight and no other ship will have him. Six appears to him. A cultist wants to have sex with Baltar. He doesn’t stop her. She’s nubile and young. With the help of Six, he’s trying to convert her to the One God.
Can you feel God’s presence?
A cultist to Baltar as she puts his hands on her breasts.
Starbuck checks out. The President has her go over her story multiple times. She comes back with photos of Earth.
Kara’s ship is immaculate. Too immaculate. The Chief thinks that it’s not her ship. The President decides to put her in the brig. Her nav computer is empty. The President thinks that Kara is playing them.
The woman who brought him to the cult returns with her sick child. Baltar is woken up from his embrace with the young woman. He prays for the child to the One God.
The newly revealed Cylons are meeting. They don’t hear the music anymore. They don’t want to turn against the fleet, but what if they can’t stop it?
The President pays a visit to the captured Six. She wants help about the other five Cylon models. She wants to know if Kara Thrace is one of them. Six says that she was programmed not to think about them. Her programming isn’t working well since she is thinking about her right now. Six says that the five are close. She can feel them.
Starbuck is frustrated because she can’t find the planetary system. She tells Adama that the further away that they jump from the Eye, the less chance that they have of returning back to where Earth is. Adama confronts her about the pristine condition of her ship.
Lee and his dad are watching the explosion of Kara’s raptor over and over again. The Admiral wants to believe her, but that’s exactly what the Cylon would have done. His dad gives him back his command. Lee says that it’s time for a change. It’s time to move on. He might go into the government.
Baltar prays to God. He wants God to spare the child and take his life instead. His followers are very impressed. He gets a shave and a haircut. The man who was following approaches him. He blames Baltar for the death of his boy. He takes the razor to his throat. Six tells him that God would take his life. The other young girl is taken by the other man. The girl takes out the guy and saves Gaius. Baltar comes back and finds that the boy has recovered. They all believe that he recovered thanks to his prayers.
Kara decides that she needs to go to see Laura Roslin. This happens right after the fleet jumped again. She incapacitates her guards and goes after her. She has to take out Sam in the process. She arrives to the President’s room and pulls her gun on her. She cocks the pistol. The episode ends.