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.
Things are going to hell while Zarek takes control of the Colonies. It’s all Gaeta’s fault. He’s been using the fears of the Fleet to get his agenda across. This episode is a bit less depressing. Adama is trying to get Roslin back involved in the affairs of the Colonies.
I thought that this was a good episode. It’s a bit of a cliffhanger, since we don’t really know what will happen next. Naturally we know what will happen, but it’s not obvious. No one important will die, but the Fleet is purging itself of its fears. Things are rapidly going out of control.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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At around 6:20AM, Tigh briefs Adama about the captains that are refusing to allow the engineers to upgrade the jump engines. Adama is tired of this. Tigh is surprised to see Roslin walk up and take a cup of coffee. Tigh is worried about the perception of the fleet at having Tigh as his XO. Roslin tells Adama that the Fleet isn’t happy about the amnesty that he has offered the cylons. Adama thinks that Saul can take care of himself. Adama is cunningly trying to pull Roslin back into politics, but she resists for now.
Zarek is still in his cell. Gaeta comes to get him. Rumours are spreading amongst the Fleet. Gaeta takes him out of jail. He’s got sympathetic soldiers with him. They are planning mutiny. Gaeta has even got pilots working with him. Zarek has to kill a mechanic in order to get off. One of Baltar’s hot cronies saw this happening. She runs off without anyone seeing her. Gaeta makes Zarek get on the ship, even though he wants to stay on Galactica to see the mutiny through.
It’s 7:04AM. Adama and Tigh are on the bridge. Gaeta steps back onto it. One of the officers notices an unauthorized launch. Felix tries to stall. Gaeta says that it’s a DRADUS ghost. Tigh believes him. Lee is trying to make headway with the Quorum. Zarek steps onto the floor. Lee is surprised.
Anders gets assaulted by some soldiers. He’s captured. At CIC, there is an emergency. Communications are about to be shut down. C deck needs to be evacuated because of a fire.
Kara is giving Hot Dog a hard time for not being a dad to Nicky. Thrace is surprised to find a pilot ordering the evac. She’s experiencing some prejudice. The rebels are getting armed and Kara sees this. She puts on her gear as well. She tries to warn the bridge, but Gaeta just hangs up. Lee is trying to find out how Zarek was released, but Gaeta continues to delay him from contacting Adama. Lee leaves for Galactica to find out his father’s motives. He’s taken in by the rebels when he lands. He’s got a gun on his face. Thrace arrives and shoots his attackers. They are surprised by her steadfastness. She kills one and incapacitates another. Racetrack is among the traitors.
Sharon is feeding Hera. They hear sounds of battle. Armed men come in to get Sharon and Hera. Karl is knocked out. Lee and Kara realize that the rebels want to take over the ship and the Fleet. Kara kisses Lee. The bridge doesn’t know what’s going on, thanks to Gaeta. Communications are out. Adama sends some marines to check the situation out. Gaeta tries to counter this. Karl is locked up with his wife and child. Six and Sam are in the same cell. Six says that the humans are scared because of the possibility of cylons being able to reproduce without resurrection ships.
Lee and Kara make their way through the decks. They encounter sporadic skirmishes. On the bridge, Gaeta gives a signal. Gaeta calls in his troops to take over the bridge. They start firing on the officers. Adam and Tigh are still alive. Gaeta tries to wrench back control of the situation. Gaeta removes Adama from the command of the Galactica and places him under arrest for being a traitor. Adama tells everyone that if they do this, there will be no forgiveness and no amnesty.
Lee and Kara come upon Roslin. She is informed about the uprising, that it’s widespread. Lee says that they are in danger of losing the ship. She is told that Zarek is vying for the presidency. She’s got an idea.
Tyrol is with Baltar. His cronies have informed him about what is going on. Baltar says that he has to go, so that they are safe. Roslin wants to talk with Baltar. Tyrol says that the Admiral was just led away from the bridge. They lost the hanger. Galen tells Lee to find his father so that they can evacuate him off Galactica. Meanwhile, Adama tries to tell the marines leading them away that there will be a reckoning once this is over. Saul assaults some of them and Adama gets an assault rifle. Saul is shot, but they take out their captors.
Roslin wants to use Baltar’s wireless to communicate. Gaeta is trying to manage the situation on the bridge. He calls Zarek on Colonial One. The captains of the Fleet are getting antsy about not being able to reach the command staff. The Fleet is in an Uproar. They hear Roslin on the wireless. Everyone is listening in. Gaeta is able to interrupt the transmission.
Lee and Kara are trying to find Adama. They come upon him and Saul. Baltar tells Roslin that Gaeta is the traitor. Tyrol is there they are waiting for the Admiral and Lee. Baltar calls CIC. He wants this to stop. Gaeta doesn’t listen. Meanwhile, a raptor is heading to a secondary hangar bay to airlift Roslin out of there. Thrace, Tyrol and Lee go back to Baltar’s stronghold. Tyrol is told that the rebels are on their way. Adama and Saul take up arms to cover for the President’s escape. An Eight is piloting. They are trying to cut through the airlock. The raptor leaves for the cylon basestar. Gaeta wants to gun the raptor down.
The marines make it through. The Admiral opens fire. They throw a grenade through.
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