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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Desperately Wanting to Like This Episode, This Season . . .
15 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Am I the only one feeling like this season is just not what it could be? As with the rest of the fourth season, this episode has a few shining pieces of brilliance in performance, writing and editing, but again, like most of this last season, it mostly fails. We can see that the writers are desperately trying to wrap up loose ends (the final five, Earth, Ellen to name a few) and explain things left so far unexplained (Cylon motivation, various mythologies), and clean things up that have been poorly done during the 4.0 season (Gaeta's change, Tom Zarek) but its like the main writers and director's are letting amateurs do it. To try to get Apollo and Starbuck back together they are unconvincingly killing off other attachments like having Dualla off herself and by killing Anders (we assume he's brain dead now). Then, to try to explain what's going on with the Final Five, they have Anders suddenly recover lost memories and read off Cylon history, like a poor dramatist trying to clean up a poorly written play in one speech during the last five minutes. And can somebody tell me who's knucklehead idea it was to bring an obvious, well-known contemporary comedian in his comic glasses, basically doing his standard schtick, onto the show doing brain surgery on Anders?!?!? Really? John Hodgeman? The few bright spots include Cavil's brilliant speech about life trapped in the limiting body of a human and as always, Mary McConnell's nuanced performance. I desperately want to like this season and this episode and I want to see an incredible ending to what has been an incredible series . . .but so far I can only like three or four 4th season episodes. But you know what . . .I've committed three years to this enterprise and I suppose I'm going to stick it out . . .hoping that the writer's can pull it together and thrill us at least once more.


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