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 (

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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 »


After the fight between Helo and the Chief ends, two crew members (one of whom is holding a camera) is seen crouched down behind them. See more »


Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon: Hey! Look, chief. I never intended for Sharon and I to - you know, it just kind of evolved.
Chief Petty Officer Tyrol: Just a couple lovesick kids, huh?
Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon: I know how she felt about you, okay? She loves you.
Chief Petty Officer Tyrol: Did she fill you in on the rest of the plan? She and I were going to muster out at the end of our service. You know, then we would get married. Maybe we would have children. I guess I'm just a big frackin' idiot, though, huh? Probably that goddamn Toaster's plan all along.
Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon: Don't call her that.
Chief Petty Officer Tyrol: Sucker some moron into ...
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References The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) See more »


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the paradox of the soul..
7 May 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

I mentioned in an earlier review that I missed the series on first-run but snagged the DVD set based on rumors that, in its day, this was considered the second-most addictive series of its kind, the frontrunner being of course Buffy. (Buffy was in an age before DVRs, people used to literally plan their week's activities around Buffy). The rumors were true. This show is amazing. This episode in particular, which was really about the paradoxical nature of the soul (Sharon/Boomer's soul, although as a Cylon, the question of whether she has one to start with is very much a part of the script's DNA, and presented as a puzzle for the viewer to solve). Reminded me of Angel in the Buffy series. One of the most vicious vampires in history. But he's here to help. Sharon is a Cylon, and there is a fleet of Cylon raiders about to wipe out the remains of mankind. But, hey, she's here to help. Other things happen in this episode, but this is the key, I think. Grace Park consistently delivered stellar performances in this series, sometimes delivering dialog with her eyes. She did not get proper acknowledgement for this, but she did for lesser parts in newer productions. It doesn't get any better than this.

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