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BSG 2.01 & 2.02

Battlestar Galactica

2.01 Scattered (2005-07-15)

With Adama in sickbay, Tigh is forced to take command of Galactica, but is quickly plunged into a crisis when the fleet and Galactica jump to separate locations.

2.02 Valley of Darkness (2005-07-22)

A Cylon boarding party wreaks havoc throughout the ship, while the stranded crewmen on Kobol struggle to stay alive.


A new series with new title sequence. The action and suspense continues from the end of the first series.

 

BSG 1.12 & 1.13 Kobol

Battlestar Galactica
Kobol’s Last Gleaming (2005-17 & 27)


(Ronald D. Moore, Executive Producer)

Part 1

The discovery of the lost birthplace of humanity causes a split between Roslin and Adama.

Part 2

The political crisis between Roslin and Adama forces Apollo to make a difficult decision, as Starbuck returns to Caprica on a mission for Roslin.


This is more like it. The final double season one cliffhanger, lots of plot threads finally come together in a spectacle of nuclear explosions and plot twists.

 

BSG 1.11 Colonial

Battlestar Galactica
Colonial Day (2005-01-10)

Tom Zarek seeks to become Vice President, but President Laura Roslin thwarts him by nominating the popular scientist Gaius Baltar, who ultimately wins. A possible presidential assassin is captured but cannot be linked to Zarek. On Caprica, Helo discovers that Caprica-Boomer is a Cylon.


A political very episode. Zarek shows characteristics of a populist politician like Trump. Despite the expected ending, this one works well.

BGS 1.10 HoG

Battlestar Galactica
The Hand of God (2005-01-03)

In the episode, the humans capture a fuel-rich asteroid from the Cylons using a plan devised by Lieutenant Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. President Laura Roslin begins seeing visions, and Gaius Baltar comes to believe that his contribution to the raid on the asteroid was guided by God. On Caprica, Helo and Caprica-Boomer keep running from the Cylons.


At last we get back into space and have a few battles. Sending in fighters to destroy the Cylon base is just for effects, and some of them show their age. The better solution would be to emulate the beginning of Babylon 5. Just take a big rock bring it near the planet and let gravity take hold.

Refa had developed a plan that would avoid major Centauri casualties by not landing an invasion army on the Narn homeworld; instead, a Centauri fleet would bombard the planet’s surface with large meteors fired from mass drivers attached to Centauri warships. The meteors would simply “flatten” Narn cities and civilization, and the Centauri could then land and take over whatever ruins were left. Following Refa’s plan, the Centauri fleet began to bombard Narn from space using the mass drivers illegally fitted to their battleships (mass driver bombardment is considered the equivalent of using Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Babylon 5 universe, with every major race having treaties against it). The mass drivers rained huge meteors down onto the planet’s surface, reducing most of Narn’s cities to rubble, killing millions of Narn civilians, and effectively shattering the Narn’s infrastructure and defensive abilities.

 

BSG 1.09 Tigh

Battlestar Galactica
Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down (2004-12-06)

Suspecting that Commander Adama may be a Cylon agent, President Roslin tells Dr. Baltar that Adama should be the first person to undergo the now-functioning “Cylon Detector” blood test, a process that takes eleven hours to complete.

A lone Cylon Raider appears when Adama is suspiciously off-ship. A combat air patrol disarms it, but Col. Tigh deploys a Raptor to gather data on the enemy. Shortly after, Adama appears with Tigh’s estranged wife, Ellen, who everyone thought had died in the initial Cylon attacks. Adama is suspicious of her sudden appearance and orders Dr. Baltar to put her blood test ahead of anyone else’s.


The plot on the Cylon Raider is superfluous as it just goes nowhere and the ship is destroyed. Tigh may be No 2 in command, but appears to lack discipline for the purpose of the story. His drunk wife just gets annoying. What they do with her in the future will be interesting as Tigh may resort to drinking again.

 

BSG 1.08 Flesh

Battlestar Galactica
Flesh and Blood (2004-12-06)

Starbuck interrogates a captured human Cylon as Roslin begins to have strange visions of the same Cylon.


Starbuck tries to be bad-ass by beating and drowning a prisoner. We know now (thanks to the CIA) that these methods just don’t work. The problem is that what will work just isn’t good TV. Still, a nice  scene as he is blown out into space.

 

BSG 1.07 6 Deg Sep

Battlestar Galactica
Six Degrees of Seperation (2004-11-29)

Baltar comes under investigation when Number Six appears in real life, accusing Baltar of helping the Cylons achieve the genocide of humanity and destruction of the Colonies.


Baltar is another character that is getting really annoying. The actor just overplays everything and loses touch with reality. Is he supposed to be this neurotic,  or some silly stereotype of a brilliant mind. Either way, I’m not buying it. The sooner he finishes his damn cylon detector and we can get on with the plot, the better.

 

BSG 1.06 Litmus

An investigation into a Cylon infiltration comes to focus on the relationship between Chief Galen Tyrol (above) and the Galactica copy of Boomer, who is a Cylon sleeper agent in order to weed out other sleeper agents.


This feels like the first filler episode. A Cylon human detonates a bomb and an investigation reaches the wrong conclusion.

This could all have been avoided if the Captain has installed security cameras at points around the ship when he discovered the human Cyclons.

BSG 1.04 & 1.05

Battlestar Galactica
Act of Contrition/You can’t go home again
(2004-11-15)

An accident on the hangar deck forces Starbuck to begin training new pilots, bringing back old memories of her training of Zak Adama.

As Starbuck attempts to escape the barren moon she has been stranded on, Adama and Apollo risk everything to find her, putting them at odds with Tigh and Roslin.


So a flight trainer decided to put untested rookie pilots into real fighters. How unbelievably stupid. (obviously something will go wrong). Starbuck just doesn’t have the attitude or skill to be a trainer. Apollo would be the obvious choice, but we need a hero for the episode

Regarding the search for Starbuck. Where are the drones, just put a few in orbit around the moon and have them search for a human heat signature.

As for the cyclon craft, why is it bio-tech ?
The information so far indicates that they are mainly machines (with a few human clones). It can only be plot-onium that powers these craft. And finally, where did Starbuck get the paint to put her name on the wings of the cyclon ship ?

 

 

 

 

BSG 1.03 Bastille Day

Battlestar Galactica
Bastille Day (2004-11-01)

As water riots break out in the fleet, Apollo tries to convince prisoners aboard the Astral Queen to help with collecting the water; however, the appearance of a famous terrorist complicates his plans.


An interesting premise, however all the criminals are depicted as violent mass-murderer types. Given the population of over 1,500 I would expect that the crew could pick and choose some of the less violent men to help with the water recovery. A better strategy would be to NOT announce the intentions to everyone and avoid the A-type personalities to take over.

Also, the trouble here is that Apollo is starting to look like a ‘Mary Sue” character and is starting to get really annoying.

Regarding the water recovery. Most of the water in the galaxy is probably in the form of ice. Asteroids have been found to contain ice and without an environment to keep temperatures above zero, it’s going to stay that way. I would have thought that this problem would have been solved long ago.

Their solution appears to be labour intensive and unnecessary. The easiest way would be to break off ice blocks and launch them into space using unmanned tugs.