Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk
Friday night I rewatched "Deadlock" with a friend because she had missed it. Sat back and grinned as she gasped at those moments that had gotten me too, and she was sad at the end. Was I sniffling?
I wasn't looking forward to this much because I was impatient for the new episode, yet I still had to wait, amusingly so, for my turn. Our turn. Minutes go by, seconds. We chattered away the time with useless gossip (ok, some of it was juicy), and we watched another show, but still, we waited for Battlestar Galactica.
We have a habit of doing this every Friday night.
Soon enough though, it's time, and our cellphones disappear for the hour as the "previously" voice over comes through on the speakers.
What do you do when you feel your life no longer has a purpose?
Starbuck begins and ends her days with routine. She's the Galactica CAG charged with sending human and Cylon pilots out into the unknown hoping they'll find a habitable planet. Find the planet, win a a half-empty tube of Felgercarb toothpaste (hah!). She repeats the same commands, the same half-hearted quips, just trying to keep some kind of sense of normalcy. Except nothing is normal as she's haunted by the vision of her dead body.
Around the same time a 6, Sonya, is welcomed by Lee into the quorum. Sonya asks for Boomer's release from Galactica, but not because they want to free her, rather so that the Cylon's can hold their own trial. Boomer's betrayal in the Cylon Civil War hasn't been forgiven, and Tyrol realizes that the Cylons will kill her. And though she's listening to all their conversations, Roslin's illness prevents her from saying much at all.
Sam Anders isn't saying much either. Though he's showing brain activity, and his eyes are open, the man is still very much in a coma. His Cylon brethren are displeased with the news, and even suggest hooking him up to the data stream like they do with their hybrids. Starbuck just looks upon her husband with a deep sadness. She goes to the bar and downs a few drinks while Slick, the piano man, plays, criticizing him with for playing the same song. Slick is composing but can't get past the first movement. Starbuck just wants him to shut up, but he doesn't, and the music keeps playing.
In another part of the ship Tyrol continues overseeing the repairs to Galactica, which only seem to have bought the ship a few jumps if at all. As he works, he begins to remember certain moments with Boomer, times when they were in love, and times when he told her he hated her and then lost her.
Starbuck visits Helo and Hera. He kept a few of her things when everyone thought she was dead. He opens the trunk with her belongings, and she only takes the first thing that draws her attention: a recording of her father's music, "Dreilide Thrace Live at the Helice Opera House." She starts to leave, but Hera gives her a drawing with a bunch of dots, which Kara graciously accepts.
In the meantime, Tyrol goes to see Boomer. She doesn't expect him to forgive her, but she explains that she was confused and betrayed. Tyrol admits that he still loves her, and he reaches out to touch her hand. She uses Cylon projection to show him the life they could have had, but the vision freaks him out, and he runs away.
Back in the bar, Starbuck continues to spar with Slick, except this time she tries to compliment his composition. In the same bar Tyrol attempts to convince the other members of the Final Five to intervene on Boomer's behalf, but they refuse. They do not want to appear as gods to their people, but Ellen promises to speak for Boomer. This upsets Tyrol and he leaves, returning to the brig to speak to Boomer. He tries the Cylon projection again, and Sharon shows him the home they could have had on Pikon, and the daughter he never met. It's the family he's always wanted with her, and it brings him to tears.
Back at the bar, Slick has finished the first movement to his piece. He briefly riffs from Nomian's 2nd movement (Gershwin) to begin his own, which Starbuck recognizes, and they get into a discussion of her past. Starbuck used to play the piano, and there was one song her father taught her that made her happy and sad at the same time.
That night Starbuck has a dream of herself as a child playing the piano, but when she goes to see her face, she sees her dead body instead. She tells Slick what happened to her and how she feels, and he tells her that just because she doesn't have a set path in life doesn't mean she doesn't have a life.
Meanwhile, Tyrol goes to Roslin to ask her not to sign the extradition orders, but she does. Angrily, he goes to where the repairs are being made, and he cuts off the lights, knocking out an 8 in the process. At the same time Starbuck and Slick are talking about their pasts, which are similar. He left his wife and daughter for the sake of his music, and her father did the same, which is why she stopped playing piano. However, this doesn't stop Slick from convincing Kara to at least try to play a few notes on the piano. He wants her to remember that song her father taught her.
Back at the brig, Tyrol replaces the 8 with Boomer who is now free on the ship. She walks into one of the bathrooms and overtakes Athena, beating her up and hiding her in a locker. As Boomer cleans up, Helo walks in and surprises her, except unlike Cylons, Helo can't recognize who she really is. He thinks this is Athena, and they have sex on the bathroom floor as the real Athena watches all tied up.
At the bar Starbuck and Slick continue to sound out the notes but Kara can't remember. Slick begins to write down what she's played and she recognizes the notes as the same dots Hera drew in the drawing she gave her. Kara takes out the drawing and puts it on the piano. Slick writes out all the notes, and a familiar tune begins to play. As this is happening, Boomer takes Hera from daycare, drugging her on the way out.
Starbuck and Slick continue to play, and Ellen and the others recognize the tune. Tyrol helps Boomer load what he thinks is food and supplies onto the raptor. She asks him to come with her, and tells him that she loves him, but he refuses, and he leaves after they kiss, not knowing that Hera is with her. Tory recognizes the song, and the music gets louder as Starbuck plays it with more ease. She plays the last note, blowing at her finger like a gun, much like her father before her, and realizes she's been with him all this time. Was she projecting, or was he a vision? Except before anyone can answer, Tigh comes up to her asking where she learned to play that tune. She explains that her father taught her, and that Hera gave her the notes.
Athena makes it to Helo and warns him about Boomer. Meanwhile, Boomer is in the raptor waiting to take off, but by then Galactica knows that she's out. She informs them that she has Hera, and then makes a dash out of the ship, jumping within proximity of Galactica causing substantial damage.
Roslin can sense that Hera has been taken, and she collapses.
When Tyrol discovers Boomer's betrayal he disappears into the home on Pikon and discovers it empty.
Ellen realizes that Cavil planned her escape.
Starbuck returns to Ander's side, and plays her father's music, hoping that it will wake him up.
Who is Starbuck's father, if not Daniel?
What does Cavil want with Hera?
Why are Roslin and Hera connected, and why is this significant?
How did Hera know about the notes?
Why is "All Along the Watchtower" so important? Why does Kara's father know about it?
Are the Final Five the only ones who survived the apocalypse on Earth?
Will Tyrol's treachery be revealed, and if so, will the Cylons turn on one of the Final Five?
The next episode, "Islanded in a Stream of Stars" airs this Friday.