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The second part of a two-part season-opener, Precipice resolves some of
the subplots introduced in Occupation. The Cylons are cracking down on
the New Caprican resistance, which is becoming increasingly reckless.
Admiral Adama has finally decided on a course of action and a daring
rescue attempt for the New Capricans, employing an unexpected ally. Lee
and Pegasus are protecting the civilian fleet, and hope is hanging by a
The third season refocused BSG's central characters a bit. Tigh, Starbuck, Sharon, and Gaeta came into their own, and Sackhoff and Hogan rose to the forefront of the cast. hints of all of this showed up in Precipice and even more strongly in the successive episodes.
Though not as exciting as the two-part Exodus that followed, Precipice is an important episode for understanding the rest of the third season. As usual, the script, directing and cinematography are well-above standard TV.
... which oddly mirrors one of the many script paradoxes is this
astonishing episode, an episode which was independently nominated for
an EMMY and Writers Guild award .... written by Moore himself, the
story among other things questions the usefulness of extreme measures
(like suicide bombers) if you don't ever use them in extreme
situations...? (SEGUE -- little known piece of history -- when Israel
fought for its own independence, it too used terror attacks as a
If there was a ever a justification for a perfect IMDb score, this would be the place for it. My personal favorite scenes involved the ASTONISHING acting of Katee Sackhoff, who is generally something of a cipher for most of the series, alternating between a John Wayne swagger and bitchiness.
Here, on discovering that the Cylons made a daughter from her ovary, that she is a mother!, she delivers facial expressions and empathy with the audience to a degree that few Oscar winners have ever achieved.
There is a reason this is considered the second best series in the history of TV. Indeed there is.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In the opening episode of this season we see what measures the remnants
of humanity are willing to employ in their fight against the Cylons;
here we learn what retaliation the Cylons will take. Infuriated by the
continuing suicide bombings they first order the round up of all
suspects then decide that they must go further and order their
execution. The round up of suspects does nothing to reduce Colonel
Tigh's conviction that they must continue their actions so that the
Cylon's are distracted when Galactica returns. Back on the fleet
preparations are being made to rescue the people on New Caprica;
Adama's plans involve the inclusion of somebody that shocks both Apollo
and Colonel Tigh... the Cylon Sharon Agathon! Not all of the action is
physical; Leoben continues to wage a psychological war against
Starbuck; this time introducing a young girl to her saying that she is
her daughter; claiming that she was created from an egg harvested when
she was in the farm on Caprica.
This was another fine episode with plenty of great scenes; James Callis put in a fine performance as Baltar as he tries to stand up to the Cylons then is clearly shamed by his actions even though he had no real choice in the matter. We also see 'Jammer's' internal conflict when he realises that the Colonial Police is just doing the Cylon's dirty work and not helping the people in any real way... and that his friends would happily string him up if they knew he was part of the force. As the end of the episode approaches it looks as if several key characters might die... of course we will have to watch the next episode to discover what happens to them!
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