Battlestar Galactica: Season 2, Episode 18

Downloaded (24 Feb. 2006)

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The Cylon baby is finally born, leading to some political decisions being made. Meanwhile, the Cylons on Caprica contemplate life and humans when they meet up with a certain human from a previous episode. This story explores the Cylon world.

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Nine months earlier Number Six died in Dr. Baltar's apartment and is downloaded into a new body on Caprica. Several Cylons await and try to comfort her. She also notices Dr. Baltar, but it seems she is the only one who can see him. Ten weeks later Boomer is killed by Cally and awakes on Caprica. When she realizes what happened, it freaks her out. In the present she still has trouble adjusting to her new life and keeps longing for Galactica. Number Six is asked to help out. Meanwhile Anders' resistance group seems to be still active. They are planning to bomb a café. On Galactica Boomer and Helo's baby is born. President Roslin and Adama decide the baby poses a threat to the fleet. Dr. Baltar tries to stop them from doing anything bad with the baby, but Roslin has to make a decision. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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"Downloaded" features the Cylon point of view of the show and shows an established society in the planet of Caprica. However, the staff didn't want to reveal yet the identity of the remaining Cylon models, so they decided to focus just in three characters: D'anna Biers (Lucy Lawless), Sharon Valerii (Grace Park) and Caprica Six (Tricia Helfer). The presence of Aarol Doral (Matthew Bennett) is very limited, and despite seeing what we can guess are some copies of Simon, the actor who usually plays him, Rick Worthy didn't actually appear in the episode and they used a double actor instead. See more »

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Caprica Six killing D'anna with a rock is considered the first act of violence, yet in season 1, a model 8 is shown killing a six (in saving Helo). Not only that, but a model 8 (Boomer) also blows up a base star in the season 1 cliff-hanger, right before shooting Commander Adama. However, both of these acts were in support of plans to trick the humans and were thus approved by 'Cylon Command.' The killing of D'anna by Caprica Six was not approved and was therefore the first unapproved killing of one Cylon by another Cylon. See more »

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Doctor Gaius Baltar: What are you suggesting?
President Laura Roslin: I'm not suggesting anything Doctor. If I want to throw a baby out an airlock I'll do it.
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22 October 2011 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

In DOWNLOADED - one of the best episodes of BSG's second season, we're given a peek at what is happening on the other - the Cylon side.

While the Cylons are synthetic humanoids, they still have much more in common with humanity - their enemy - than (some of them) would like.

We follow several story lines,: two Cylons, a Six - or,should I say, THE Six - the one who 'pretended to be human' to have Baltar give her the codes that would allow the Cylons to attack.

The other, is Sharon - an Eight, but, this one BELIEVED she was human, until her programming switched on, and she shot Commander Adama.

The Sharon has a hard time; she now knows that what she believed to be her life, was, a lie. Her memories - her loves... not real. She lives in 'her' Caprica apartment - listening to heavy metal (pun!) music, with this conflict she's feeling, growing.

The Six knew she was impersonating a human, she really DID fall for Baltar, but, she's finding that she's expected to 'conform,' to (Cylon) society, where she's looked on as a hero, but feels that she betrayed the (hu)man she loved.

When Six comes to Sharon's apartment, the turmoil Sharon's feeling, grows, with Sharon showing Six a picture - if her 'family.' she then.

When Six tries to say 'God loves you,' An enraged Sharon pulls a picture out, of her Galactica crew and rages, and screams how she lived them - and, her love was real.

But, because she is a Cylon, she had that love - that reality - taken away, with her attempt on Adama's life.

She feels used. She's hurt, and, this hurt, and conflicting feelings within her, will grow, as the series progresses.

These two machines - woman - both are beginning to explore what 'individuality' means, and, how it can be displayed, in a conformist society.

On Galactica, another Eight, the one known as Sharon Agathon, is giving birth - to the human/Cylon hybrid.

As the pregnancy unfolds with difficulty, Dr. Cottle says to Sharon; 'I find it absolutely amazing. You people went to all the trouble to appear human, and didn't upgrade the plumbing.'

I don't like to recite the plot, I think it more important to let you know what the strings are, what the ever-entangling plots, are showing.

But, with DOWNLOADED, we get a very strong exploration, of what it means to be 'human,' and 'individual,' as it is clearer, that the 'machines,' have more in common with their enemy - humans, and vice versa.


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