The following contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Battlestar Galactica. Read at your own risk.
"There is a languor of the life. More imminent than pain. Tis pain's successor when the soul has suffered all it can."
Fallout continues from an Earth that can't be, and what we see are the character moments. Brief glimpses into the lives of Galactica's fleet as they search for a new home, and what we find is that life goes on. However, these are lives caught up in routines and emotions. It's a colony that's dealing with this new reality, which means decisions have to be made, and sometimes the consequences are unexpected.
When we last saw Adama he had made the decision to lead the fleet away from Earth and on to a habitable planet, yet the repercussions of the previous weeks have taken their toll. What seems like routine - brushing teeth, showering, picking a clean uniform - is contrasted by the fact that he's slept in his clothes after a night of drinking. An unusual action by the admiral. One repeated later in the episode and remarked upon by Tigh who notices his friend's declining health.
As for Tigh, he and Caprica Six meet their child for the first time via ultrasound. This Cylon baby comes from the first Cylon-Cylon union, and though the cigarette exchanges between Doc Cottle and Tigh are amusing, Six's words afterward resonate. They bother the nurse assisting them, and the camera pans to Gaeta, newly arrived from his ordeal with an 8 in "The Face of the Enemy." (If you haven't seen the web episodes, check them out on scifi.com)
After realizing that he too had become an unwilling participant in the Cylons actions on New Caprica, Gaeta wants nothing to do with the Cylons. And when Adama considers making the alliance with the rebel Cylons permanent, even granting citizenship, he realizes that he has to do something to stop it. He verbally spars with Kara in the mess hall in one of the best scenes of the episode, a scene which serves to remind the spectators about her past and that of Anders. He also makes a pact with Tom Zarek to start a mutiny in the fleet. Trouble is coming, and it starts here.
We also found out that Hera is the only known hybrid in the fleet. Apparently, Cally was pregnant before she married Tyrol, and Nicki's father is Hot Dog. Tyrol is quite saddened by the news, and after he beats the crap out of Hot Dog during one of Baltar's sermons, he decides to teach the new father how to be a dad. Once he's sobered up that is.
Speaking of Baltar, he's angry. For a god who accepts people just as they are, it seems like they're being punished. And if they're being punished, then what kind of god is this? Perhaps god should be asking them for forgiveness.
And Roslin continues spiraling down. She throws away her medication and begins to feel the euphoria as the chemicals leave her system. She feels that the prophecies were all a big farce. She tells Adama that she just wants to live what little of her life she has left. So while Bill is barely hanging on, she has let go, and the episode ends with worse things ahead, but these two are finally together, and it's such a lovely scene to see.
Compared to last week this episode moved purposely at a slower pace because this time the focus was on different characters, and their points of view, their reactions. For the most part it succeeded, and I think I enjoyed this episode more for those little moments.
It's difficult seeing Adama go through this slow disintegration, where as in the past, you see the breakdown coming, it happens quick, and he recovers. Not so here. He's falling asleep drunk, and he stands by idly as Gaeta does little to recognize his authority. It's Tigh who does the reminding.
Has Zeus' time come to pass?
If I have one complaint it comes from the Cally, Tyrol, Hot Dog triangle. So Nicki is not a hybrid. I get that the storyline had to be dealt with, but did they have to do that to Cally? This just seemed like it was thrown together, and suddenly she just had an affair with Hot Dog. So instead of a chief she had to settle for a hot shot pilot? Right.
- Who is the dying leader of the Pythian Prophecies?
- Will Caprica Six' child survive to be born?
- It looks like Gaeta will betray Adama. Who else do you think will take Gaeta's side?
- Who will be the next to die?
- Why haven't any other hybrids been conceived? What makes Sharon special?
- What is the significance of the opera house?
The next episode to air is , "The Oath." See it this Friday.
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