Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 12

Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 1 (25 Mar. 2005)

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Galactica stumbles upon Kobol, the long-lost home world of humanity that the 13 Tribes came from, which legend says holds the only clues to the location of Earth. Roslin convinces Starbuck to steal the captured Cylon raider and return to Cylon-occupied Caprica with it to retrieve a religious artifact that will unlock the secrets on Kobol.

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While searching for supplies Boomer and Crashdown once again make an important discovery. It's a planet with a nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere. It seems some sort of calamity wiped out the population 2000 years ago. Still there are ruins left and the planet might be habitable. The dying President Roslin has visions however and she and priest Elosha determine that the planet is Kobol, the birthplace of mankind. The scriptures tell Kobol will lead the way to Earth. Meanwhile Kara spent the night with Dr. Baltar, leaving Lee very agitated. Galactica-Boomer has the feeling one day she might hurt somebody and is getting more and more suicidal tendencies, while Boomer on Caprica is about to be shot by Helo. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Went through a number of changes according to the Podcast commentary. Some of these early differences include: 1. Part One was to conclude with the Raptor crashing and Part Two would end with Starbuck stealing the Raider to finish the finale with a season-ending cliffhanger. This was changed when the original pacing wasn't working. 2. Originally, the ruins on Kobol were supposed to be a huge temple that was mirrored on Caprica. This was abandoned due to cost constraints. 3. What Baltar and Number Six experienced inside the ruins on Kobol went through a number of changes. Originally, Ron D. Moore proposed to the other writers that there was supposed to be a bright corridor of light. In a later version, there was to be complete darkness punctuated with music from a song recognizable by both the audience and the two explorers. Then, Dirk Benedict (Starbuck from the original "Battlestar Galactica" (1978)) was supposed appear and say something like, "Hi. I'm God." followed by TO BE CONTINUED... However, the other writers quickly disparaged the idea as implausible, and Ron D. Moore reluctantly agreed. 4. One concept that the writers liked, but were forced to abandon was the idea that the interior room of the ruins was to be located in "otherspace" or in a different spatial or dimensional location. See more »

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Socinus is on the Raptor that jumps to the planet, yet he has previously been placed in the brig for collusion and we did not see him released or acquitted. Actually a deleted scene shows Socinus released on parole by request of Chief Tyrol due to the extreme short-handedness of experienced crew. But the main point is that Socinus is a minor character and viewers cannot expect to see everything relating to a minor character. Usually a line of dialog is sufficient to explain this plot point, but as a scene was filmed and then deleted, there was no convenient place to loop it in later. Key here is that Adama held Socinus to teach the Chief a lesson. No one should have expected Adama to hold a valuable and trained worker for very long in those circumstances. See more »

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oh my fracking god(s)
28 August 2006 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Maybe one of the single best episodes of any TV series! All in all season one of BSG is brilliant, every single of the 13 episodes are a testament to the skilled people behind the series. But even in this lineup of episodes, "33" and "Kobol's Last gleaming" 1 and 2 stands out as a cut above the rest. From opening shot to the final sequence, this episode sucks you in like nothing i've seen before.

Everything from score to photography converges into a whole that is larger than the sum of it's parts. One of those rare moments when entertainment truly becomes art. Stunning!

The opening sequence, with it's slow and deliberate pacing makes us aware that we are at a turning point. That something bad is on the horizon. A dark and foreboding feeling sets the mood for an episode that one year and change after it aired still remains the high point of the series!


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