Battlestar Galactica: Season 4, Episode 15

No Exit (13 Feb. 2009)

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Eighteen months ago: Saul poisons Ellen, who then finds herself downloaded into a new body aboard a Cylon Base Star, with a single Centaurion keeping watch over her. After the initial shock... See full summary »

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Eighteen months ago: Saul poisons Ellen, who then finds herself downloaded into a new body aboard a Cylon Base Star, with a single Centaurion keeping watch over her. After the initial shock, she has a revelation as she remembers things she had forgotten. Present Day: Dr. Cottle is operating on Anders, who has a bullet lodged in his brain. Anders starts to remember things he had forgotten. Eighteen months ago: Cavil comes to see Ellen, who calls him John, because that's his "real" name. Cavil says he hates that name. John was the first Cylon model *Ellen* created. She also created seven others. So, there are actually only *eight* Cylon models and the "Final Five" are actually copies of humans who lived 2,000 years earlier and, together, created Resurrection, which allowed them and the Cylons to download. Number Seven, Daniel, was a favorite of Ellen. Jealous, John sabotaged the process of using Resurrection on Daniel, making him unique. John and Ellen start a months-long philosophical ... Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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This episode's opening - instead of a variation of the previous prologues, shows shots of a decimated Earth, and Cylon Centurions similar to those from the original series. This is because of both the earlier episode; Sometimes a Great Motion, and because of the major plot-point of this episode (the return of Ellen Tigh). See more »

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Anders states that the Final Five left Earth in a ship traveling at near-light speed, mentioning the relativistic effect of time slowing down for those aboard. It's stated in earlier episodes that the holocaust on Earth took place two thousand years ago. Given that amount of time, the Final Five's ship could have only traveled less than two thousand light years from Earth before they encountered the cylons. This is inconsistent with other distances mentioned in the series. See more »

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Colonel Saul Tigh: You point a finger back far enough, and some germ gets blamed for splitting in two.
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Because sometimes even your Backstory needs Backstory..
4 March 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Now personally I loved this episode. I was enthralled. In particular I thought that Kate Vernon, who BTW is a very accomplished stage actress, gave the performance of her life, subtle and nuanced and understandable only by BSGs regulars, not Johnny Come Latelys.

But the job of the critic is not subjective. As a free-standing sode, it is top-heavy, it is moody, it seems to be struggling to make sense of things that may never make sense, and most of all it suggests the writers were running out of time and had too many things to say.

Am I confident the remaining episodes will be less flawed? (not seen them yet) Yes.

Am I being too harsh? No.

Even now (2015) there are writers and academics who believe the two most influential shows in recent TV history were Buffy and BSG. Oddly they have little in common. Buffy changed the very DNA of TV writing but it was a very self-centered drama, much the way Seinfeld was a self-centered comedy.

BSG always had aspirations of greatness. It was about the whole and not the parts. It wanted to both tell a story and make a point. Usually it succeeds. But this particular episode is an acquired taste.


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