The following contains spoilers from the most recent episode of Battlestar Galactica. Read it at your own risk.
"It's perfection. It's what it's about. It's about those moments when you... when you can feel the perfection of creation, the beauty of physics, the wonder of mathematics. You know, the... the elation, the action and reaction, and that is the kind of perfection that I want to be connected to."
An all to familiar soundtrack is playing in the background, and this time I found it appropriate because if there was one thing I noticed about this recent outing of Battlestar Galactica, is that when the music plays, it can give the slightest hint of what's to come, or what should be. There's just that moment, that scene where time seems to stop, and the only thing left on the screen are the actors and the revelations or lack there of. And even if there were no auditory cues, no rhythmic notes to line the foundation, what this show has proven time and time again is that there are many parts to its whole. It's just a shame that it has to end.
"Daybreak" is part 1 of a whole, and it chooses to tell it's story through a series of flashbacks dating back two years before the Cylon attack on Caprica. And between those flashbacks Adama and the fleet continue having to face their reality of a dying Galactica as they make new choices. Via the flashbacks we find out that William Adama doesn't want to take an hour of his time to do something. What? Who knows, but it can't compare to commanding Battlestars. Gaius Baltar has met 6 for the first time, and as they seduce each other in the back of his limo he receives a disconcerting call. His father has stabbed the nurse with a steak knife! Not only do we learn that Baltar's father is quite the character, but that dear Gaius is very much like him. 6 somehow uses this to her advantage and you realize that she feels sorry for Baltar. She helps Daddy Baltar into a new home and finds herself in Gaius' good graces.
In another flashback Kara is cooking dinner for the Adama boys. This is when she meets Lee for the first time. Zack also makes a comment about his older brother and his penchant for stealing girlfriends. As the the scene fades out, a familiar theme plays in the background. When we see Lee again, he's stumbling into his apartment drunk and begins swatting at a bird.
For Laura Roslin we learn that she had two younger sisters. She had a baby shower for one of her them, however that evening her sisters and father were killed by a drunk driver. Grief and shock lead her to a fountain outside her home that she steps into and stands in and cries as the water spills over her. Three months later the identity of the driver is still hidden, but through a phone call it's revealed that President Adar is interested in her politically.
Samuel Anders has the last flashback, and the nicest part of that scene other than seeing him with hair was his monologue on perfection. He's so earnest, almost idealistic. It's heartbreaking to see where he is now, because that's the purpose of the flashbacks. The here and the now. Except we haven't seen enough, so we don't know who these people really were on Caprica to know how much they've changed. We just know that they've changed since the attack, and that these are the glimpses into the before. And in a way they say so much.
On Galactica in the Present
Lee handles Galactica's deconstruction one item at a time. When the new chief objects to the stripping of launch tubes and accelerators because they're such an important part of the ship, Lee changes his mind and allows for them to go last. Baltar then comes up to him asking that he add a representative from his group on the quorum. When Lee refuses, Baltar asks him if it's because of what he did to Kara Thrace. Lee is angry about the incident, but he tells him that he can see right through Baltar. Gaius is gaining in political strength, and he asks him if he's ever done anything for anyone other than himself. Baltar agrees that he's been selfish and leaves.
Meanwhile, Helo visits Tyrol in the brig hoping to find some answers that will get Athena to open up again. Except Tyrol won't give it to him. He tells Helo that the 8 models are all the same. Athena will betray him just like Boomer did to him.
On the Colony, Hera continues to draw her dots. Cavil and the others fail to recognize the meaning behind Hera's drawings. They're more concerned with the fact that she's not eating. Cavil orders Simon to insert a feeding tube into the child, and as he prepares his instruments, Boomer becomes more uncomfortable.
Back on Galactica, Adama runs into Hot Dog. The pilot had dropped pictures taken from the memorial wall. He was taking them, so they wouldn't be left behind. The ones left on the wall – they were probably put up by people who no longer live themselves. Adama sees a picture of Athena and Hera. He leaves but then returns to it and makes a choice. He goes to see Kara who is with Anders. After telling Kara that she's still his daughter, he convinces her to plug in Anders to get the information they need to find the Colony. The get the answer but we don't see it.
Kara and Adama go to the hanger deck and with red tape they make a line down the middle. They tell everyone that they have to make a choice. Hot Dog talks to the pilots, Nurse Ishay talks to Dr. Cottle as Roslin listens and smiles, and over the phone Lee says that everyone should be allowed to choose, even those arrested after the mutiny. Helo talks to Athena about Adama's announcement and the only thing she can say is that it's probably too late. He leaves her to go back to the deck. Roslin puts on her wig and gets up, also with the intent to go to the deck.
Once back at the hanger deck Adama reveals that he will take a one-way mission with Galactica to the Colony. He points to the red tape and states that those willing to volunteer should move to the starboard side, and everyone else to the port side. He then asks them to choose, and the usual suspects join Adama. Even Cottle wants to join, but Adama tells him that the fleet needs a doctor, and asks him to stay. Baltar stays as well, but I suspect that if the vision of the Opera House is to be fulfilled, he may be joining soon too. Roslin appears, frail but still able to walk and she and Adama embrace.
When everyone has made their choice, the port side has significantly more people than the starboard side. Does Galactica have enough people?
In the meantime, a raptor spots the Colony and the singularity near by. They report back to Galactica, and after seeing the pictures, they realize that the safest place to attack from is a rock formation that the Cylons probably know exists and have their weapons pointed at already.
This is Galactica's last trip.
Why was Lee drunk in the flashback?
Who killed Roslin's family?
What is the significance of the Opera House?
What is Hera drawing, and where does it lead?
Who is going to die?
This episode reused and remixed a lot of musical themes from the first three seasons. Can you guess which ones?
The series finale airs this Friday. "Daybreak, Part 1" will be repeated right before. Enjoy the ride.
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