Battlestar Galactica: Season 2, Episode 9

Flight of the Phoenix (16 Sep. 2005)

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While Tyrol decides to start building a new fighter, the Cylon virus is rearing its ugly head again. Boomer tells it means a large Cylon attack is imminent.

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The crew is getting agitated and demoralized. Chief Galen Tyrol yet again has to scrap a viper, Gaeta yells at Tigh when he orders him to go through the computer program line by line to get rid of the Cylon virus still causing malfunctions. Meanwhile Helo is having trouble integrating in the crew. He even starts a fight with Tyrol over Boomer. Tyrol decides it's time for a change and starts constructing a new fighter. His crew, the pilots and Colonel Tigh all think it's a waste of time. Meanwhile the malfunctions caused by the virus are getting more severe. Dr. Baltar and Gaeta find out the virus is learning, already capable of taking over all the systems and very difficult to remove. Commander Adama asks Boomer for advice. She tells him it's a prelude for an all-out Cylon attack. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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This is the only episode of Battlestar Galactica, besides the first season episode #1.5, "You Can't Go Home Again" in which you see the biological insides of a Cylon Raider. See more »

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7:41 minutes into the episode, a cameraman can be clearly seen on the left side of the screen. See more »

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Commander William Adama: [after the first flight of the black bird, Commander Adama, President Roslin and Colonel Tigh go to the hanger deck to congratulate Chief Tyrol and cristin the black bird All personal come to attention and salute as they walk in] As you were.
Commander William Adama: Chief Tyrol.
[President Roslin shakes his hand]
President Laura Roslin: This is the black bird?
Chief Petty Officer Tyrol: Yes ma'am. Madame President this is an honor
President Laura Roslin: No, the honor is mine. It's remarkable.
Chief Petty Officer Tyrol: [as all crewmembers that helped build the blackbird sign their signitures onto it] Just a ship ma'am.
President Laura Roslin: ...
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A matter of trust
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It is some time since Colonel Tigh ordered the networking of Galatica's computers but it seems that even though they were only networked briefly the Cylons managed to implant a virus. At first it looks as if various events are just normal system failures but when an occupied room has the oxygen removed it is clearly something more serious. Geita and Baltar are given the job of removing the virus but it soon becomes clear to Adama that there is only one person aboard who could possibly solve the problem: Sharon Valerii… the only question is: can she be trusted? While this is going on Chief Tyrol feeling under pressure as more and more of the Vipers he is meant to be maintaining become unfit to fly, rather than give up he decides to make a new ship. At first everybody things he is losing it but soon they are joining in and offering ideas on how to improve the design.

While this was in some ways a filler episode it did subtly move the plot along; Adama was forced to trust Sharon, the crews collapsing moral was illustrated well before doing something to raise their spirits again. Aaron Douglas put in a good performance as Chief Tyrol; the character really looked as if he was struggling to create something against the odds. It was also nice to see the return of Nicki Clyne as Cally after her characters time in the brig.


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