Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 11

Colonial Day (18 Mar. 2005)

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President Roslin has rebuilt a new Quorum of Twelve, the legislative branch of the government, but terrorist leader/political dissident Tom Zarek is elected as a member, and immediately motions that the Quorum vote to appoint a new Vice President, and runs for the office.

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With Colonial Day approaching, it is time for a new Quorom of Twelve. Twelve representatives from the twelve colonies will decide on important matters. There's one problem however. Terrorist Tom Zarek is chosen as representative for Sagittaron and he immediately wants to discuss the issue of a vice-president. So far there's only one candidate, Tom Zarek, as nominated by Virgon and Gemenon. Meanwhile Starbuck and Apollo are in charge of security, some kind of attack on president Roslin is suspected. Back on Caprica Helo and Boomer have arrived at the city Delphi. Helo comes to the conclusion Cylons can look like humans. In an attempt to capture a raider, he discovers another truth. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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In the struggle on the floor of the bar, a beer bottle with the label "Hawryliw" is used by Lee to defend himself. 'Ken Hawryliw' is the property master for the production. See more »

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When we first see the members of the Quorum, one shot pans across a few of them. The sign reading Leonis is next to the sign for Canceron. Later, we see a close-up of the representative from Canceron and the sign next to hers reads Picon. See more »

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President Laura Roslin: Mr. Zarek. Oh, don't worry, I won't be kissing you today.
Tom Zarek: That's a shame. I shaved very closely in anticipation of being smacked by you.
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Democracy in the Eyes of the Unbearable President Roslin
14 September 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The twelve representatives of the survivors of their colonies gather in the luxury liner Cloud 9 for a meeting to discuss political issues. Sagittarion selects Tom Zerek to represent their interests and the former terrorist raises the need of a Vice-President in case Roslin has any problem. His proposal is accepted and he becomes the only candidate. President Roslin gives her best effort trying to find an opponent and promising that Tom Zarek would never be her Vice-President. Meanwhile the abusive Captain Apollo, who is in charge of security with Starbuck, turns off the speech of Zarek, creating confusion with his followers, and accidentally they find a man with a weapon. In occupied Caprica, Helo discovers the truth about the evolution of the Cylons to the human form.

The discovery of Helo in the end of this episode saves this show. The rest is the Machiavellian fight for power of the despicable President Roslin, using the force and all the political dirty tricks against the coherent speech of Tom Zarek. I am not sure whether I will watch the Second Season of "Battlestar Galactica" since I hate this unbearable and arrogant character, who seems to be the owner of the truth, reflecting the behavior of many politicians. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "O Dia Colonial" ("The Colonial Day")


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