Infuriated that Roslin usurped his command by ordering Starbuck to steal the captured Raider, Adama decides that his only option is to storm Colonial One with marines and terminate her presidency. Starbuck reaches Caprica and finds the Arrow of Apollo in a museum, but she has to go through a copy of Number Six to get it.
Commander Adama is not amused when he finds out president Roslin convinced Starbuck to retrieve the Arrow of Apollo. He orders an attack on Colonial One to end her reign. To retrieve the Raptor away team crashed on the surface of Kobol, he sends Boomer and Racetrack. They're supposed to nuke the Cylon Basestar in a Raptor with a Cylon transponder. While Starbuck is approaching Caprica, Boomer mentions to Helo they're at the temple of Delphi. Somehow she seems to know the importance of the arrow of Apollo. She tells Helo their relationship is important and that she actually has feelings for him. To Dr. Baltar on the surface of Kobol it becomes clear why his Number Six wanted him there. She has some explaining to do. Written by
Arnoud Tiele (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Part of the score for this episode includes Latin lyrics which translate to, "All of this has happened before / All of this will happen again," and, "So say we all." See more »
A camera man in a red shirt is clearly visible behind the Arrow of Apollo display case seconds before Starbuck shoots the glass. See more »
Dr. Gaius Baltar:
I don't understand.
Life has a melody, Gaius... A rhythm of notes that become your existence once played in harmony with God's plan. It's time to do your part and realize your destiny.
Dr. Gaius Baltar:
Which is what exactly?
You are the guardian and protector of the new generation of God's children. First member of our family will be with us soon, Gaius. It's time to make your choice.
Dr. Gaius Baltar:
But I don't understand what you're talking about. Really I don't understand.
Come. See the face of the shape of things to come. ...
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Season 1: Solid sci-fi made more interesting by the topical themes and internal battles
It was about three years ago that I watched the miniseries pilot for this show and, to be honest, it didn't really hook me enough to justify picking it up although this was partly down to me already watching too much in the way of films and television. OK, so this situation hasn't changed too much but my recent discovery of how wrong I was to ignore 30 Rock made me wonder what else I had been too quick to dismiss, so I picked up a cheap copy of season 1 on DVD and decided to give it another try. It took me a minute for my brain to pick up the story again (really I should have watched the pilot again) but after an episode or so I was into it and it made sense in terms of its logic.
It does take a few episodes to really get into its stride but when it does it offers up plenty of interest in what it does. Like many viewers, I came to this expecting it to be quite action packed and quite grand in terms of what it does, loads of bigger picture stuff, lots of battles in space, cool robots everywhere and so on. This is not the case but, unlike some viewers. I have very little problem with this because to me what it actually tries to do is much more interesting and engaging to me. For a sci-fi, Battlestar Galactica caught me off guard by covering topics such as mistrust, humanity, torture, mercy, war and politics. All of these things are woven into the plots in ways that are relevant to both the narrative but also to the real world that we all live in. The slight downside of the writing is that it is not as smart nor as full of comment as I think the writers would have liked it to be. We're not in The Wire territory here and to a certain degree there is no point in denying this and trying to make out like BG is somehow akin to it in writing terms or that it really hits the mark in what it is saying. It does not.
However, while not hitting heights that I may have hoped for, season 1 still does achieve good things that I didn't see in the pilot and it deserves credit for this as well as your attention. The cast are better than I thought they would be on the basis of the pilot. Olmos and McDonnell are both strong in the central roles as they carry the main political back and forwards. Park delivered on her potential I thought with several good characters and ideas that she is able to deliver. Bamber and Sackhoff are both good enough but I am still to be convinced by them as I felt during the pilot. I liked Callis because he prevented his character being daft while still allowing some comic relief from him Helfer isn't that good as an actress but she does OK for what is asked of her. In the supporting cast there are quite a few actors who are of "tv standard" but not much is asked of them so they work and don't detract.
Overall season 1 was much better than I expected. The sci-fi base is provided for with some great effects (I still like the "search and focus" camera work in space) and action but the appeal is in the politics and the themes it deals with. The writing on these is good even if it is never as cutting or as insightful as some would say but it does make each episode interesting and engaging. Season 1 is not perfect but it is certainly strong enough as a piece of intelligent sci-fi and shows enough in the way of potential to justify me returning for season 2.
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