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 »


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 »


President Laura Roslin: You are the right one, Lee. You have always been the right one. My only concern about you is that you're so hellbent on doing the *right* thing that you sometimes don't do the *smart* thing.
Lee Adama: Well, I'll try to be smarter, and wronger.
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Ellen is not dead!
13 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Ellen Tigh was killed on New Caprica it was assumed that she was dead; but now we learn that she did in fact download in the same way as other Cylons; this fact remained hidden because she was kept hidden by Cavil. The episode follows her time aboard the basestar and current events on Galactica where a seriously wounded Anders remembers their past on Earth and tells the story of how the Final Five survived the nuclear holocaust there and returned to the Colonies. By jumping between the two time lines we learn that the five Cylons from Earth had intended to help the colonies avoid the problems they had but arrived too late; the first Cylon war was already raging. At this point they set about creating the eight new 'skin-jobs'; the first of which, John Cavil, didn't share his creators desire for peace and despised them for designing him with a human body with human weaknesses. For this he killed them and when they resurrected he stripped them of their memories and left them to live amongst humanity. We also learn of Daniel, Cylon number seven, who is permanently killed by Cavil. Away from the Cylon history lesson Tyrol informs the Admiral that he has discovered cracks in Galactica; not just one or two; the ship is riddled with them and without Cylon technology it is only a matter of time before there is a catastrophic failure.

After the non-stop action of the previous two episodes this episode seemed much slower paced; this was probably needed to settle things down and prepare us for the inevitable conflict when Cavil's Cylons catch up with the fleet. It was interesting to learn how the Final Five could be linked to an Earth that had been destroyed two thousand years before and what their connection was to the models we knew before. It was also good to learn why Sharon was number Eight if there were only seven known models... even if I do suspect it was just the series creators correcting an oversight! It was nice to see Kate Vernon return as Ellen and it is always fun to see Dean Stockwell's performance as Cavil; I hope we'll see plenty more of him in upcoming episodes.

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