Battlestar Galactica: Season 2, Episode 4

Resistance (5 Aug. 2005)

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Tigh's decision to impose martial law is protested in the fleet as well as on Galactica. On Caprica, Helo and Starbuck meet other humans.



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Colonel Tigh is losing control. Martial law and the jailing of president Roslin aren't going down too well in the fleet. The tylium refinery vessel and other ships don't deliver to Galactica anymore. Galactica's crew has problems with him also. Tigh accuses Tyrol of being a Cylon, much to the dismay of Cally, and his decision to keep Lee Adama in the brig while off duty isn't popular either. Lee plots a mutiny to help Roslin escape. Tighs wife convinces him to take drastic measures when the ships refuse to resume delivery. Things go horribly wrong. Back on Caprica Helo and Starbuck are being shot at by a group of humans. Both think they are dealing with the human variety of Cylons. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Opening credits say there are 47,861 human survivors. See more »


Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You guys know you suck, right? You can't shoot, you can't pass, and you sure as hell can't take a point.
Samuel Anders: Everyone's a critic.
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Referenced in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) See more »


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Martial Law
14 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

At the end of the previous episode Col. Tigh declared martial law and it isn't long before he starts to question the wisdom of his decision. When other ships refuse to resupply Galactica his initial thought is to talk to their captains but his wife pushes him to be firm; this leads to him sending troops to restore order. With tensions high the situation goes badly awry and the troops fire on the unarmed crowd. When Apollo and the president learn of this they are determined they must escape from the brig before order breaks down totally and the fleet disperses. Back from Kobol Chief Tyrol is accused of being a Cylon due to the closeness of his relationship with Boomer. Dr. Baltar offers to test him but instead poisons him in order to get Boomer to disclose how many Cylons are in the fleet. Back on Caprica Starbuck and Helo encounter a group of survivors; at first there is distrust but they soon learn that they are a group of athletes who happened to be training in the mountains when the attack took place.

While this episode wasn't packed with exciting space battles and shoot-outs it was still packed with tension and ended with the death of a character who has been with the series from the start. Once again the acting was fine, especially from Michael Hogan as Tigh; a man who wants to do the right thing but ends up making things worse, Aaron Douglas as Chief Tyrol, Grace Park as Boomer and Nicki Clyne as Cally; a character who has developed brilliantly from the quiet deck hand it to a strong willed individual.

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