The following is a review of the mid-season finale of Battlestar Galactica. As such it contains major spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Adama's quarters lie empty, and Lee wonders if he will ever see his father again. He and Tigh can't bear to enter this room, and they fear the loss they might have to face. Starbuck merely reminds Lee that there comes a time when parents have to die in order for their children to reach their full potential.
On the baseship, D'Anna has taken over, and decides to use the colonials as hostages in order to drive out the final four from hiding, mentioning that the fifth is not in the fleet. She returns with Adama to Galactica briefly, and Tory is the first to join the baseship under the guise of taking Roslin her medication.
The music plays again, triggering the final four. This leads them to Starbuck's viper, but they can't understand what it is that they're supposed to find. Hoping to stall D'Anna's killing spree, Tigh goes to Adama and confesses. Adama doesn't believe him, but eventually the realization that his best friend is a Cylon breaks him. Tigh is sent to the airlock, and Lee threatens D'Anna. Anders and Tyrol are discovered, but not before Sam manages to convince Kara to find the secret to her viper. She does, and she rushes to stop Lee before he sends Tigh out the airlock.
Lee and D'Anna form a new alliance. They decide to go to Earth together.
It's quite an interesting place, Earth.
Time and time again it's the character moments that make an episode memorable for me, and this one is no exception. Battlestar Galactica will always be about the characters, so when something happens to one of the characters, it hurts. You never know if they'll survive, and if they do, they'll never be the same.
Lee changed in this episode. He became more of the Lee from the first season, more of a commander and less of a follower. His relationship has changed so much with his father, and seeing him hold Adama, comforting him, just reminds us that they're truly father and son now, not strangers. It was a heartbreaking moment.
Except, then there's Kara'a words about children rising above their parents. Their roles have reversed. Lee will only get stronger, but does this mean that Adama must falter, especially since he's losing everyone that he loves?
Adama's break after finding the truth about Tigh really was tough to watch. Zeus never falters, but twice now this season he's staggered and needed to rely on others to pick up the pieces. I would hate to think about the third time. Adama even alludes to this.
Then there's Tigh who only thinks about his friendship with Adama and the fleet. I loved the look on his face as he was trying to convince Adama that he was a Cylon, and it was wrenching the way he was lead to the airlock and almost pushed out. Worse yet, he's no longer part of the fleet and has no friend. Tigh has nothing, except for 6.
The others, Starbuck, and D'Anna, and Baltar and Roslin were amazing in this.
But nothing beats Earth.
You know an episode is special when you start hearing Bear McCreary's music. It starts out soft, but then it just swells and fills every crevice possible. It sounded happy and glorious, and it should have because the fleet and the Cylons were going to find Earth.
I had chills. Lee was jumping on the table.
And then the music slows to a crawl. Silence.
Earth. A single pan shot goes from one person to another as they walk the planet's surface. D'Anna is stunned, and Roslin is disappointed. Adama hold in his hands Earth's irradiated soil, but he's not too pleased either. Leoben just stares, and the others react as they explore a planet that seems to have been devastated by a nuclear war.
This is Earth?
It's so shocking it's brilliant.
1. What happens to the Colonials/Cylons now that they've found Earth?
2. What Earth is this? The future? An alternate universe?
3. What happened to Boomer and the other Cylons?
4. How will the Colonials treat the Final Four now that their identities have been revealed? Will Tigh and Adama's relationship ever be the same again?
5. The Fifth is not in the fleet. Who is the Fifth and final Cylon?
6. What happened to Earth?
I love this series, and I've had a blast writing these reviews and articles with Mykola. We want to thank you for reading our stuff, and taking the time to comment. We'll be back for the second half of the season.
As always, for all BSG articles, watchlist NVBSG.