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Dr Who 10.03 Ice


In “Thin Ice’ the Doctor and Bill find they have arrived in London in 1814. They find themselves on a frozen Thames, during a frost fair. They dress in period clothing to set out and explore, unaware the TARDIS’ sensors have picked up a large life form under the ice.


A rather thin plot with little excitement, intrigue or danger (apart from the ice).

 

BSG 3.08 Hero

Battlestar Galactica 3.08 Hero (2006-11-17)


Adama confronts one of the darkest moments of his career when “Bulldog” Novacek, a pilot who was thought to have died years ago during a secret mission, escapes the Cylons and arrives on Galactica.


Nothing like dragging up the past to add some filler episodes. This one does that with the pretense  of adding to Adama’s  character. All it shows that he makes tough calls in times of war.

BSG 3.07 Salvation

Battlestar Galactica 3.07 A Measure of Salvation (2006-11-10)

With the discovery of a dying Cylon Basestar, Adama and Roslin debate the morality of deploying a biological weapon against the Cylons with the intention of eradicating them.


This could have ended here if not for stupid command decisions. All Adama needed to do was put Helo in the Brig for the duration of the operation. Then there is the implausible plot point of a virus being able to transfer with the consciousness of the Cylons.

 

BSG 3.06 Torn

Battlestar Galactica 3.06 Torn

 

As Starbuck and Tigh seed discontent among Galactica’s crew, Baltar attempts to help the Cylons deal with a virus spreading among their race


The best part of this episode was Caprica Six in a bikini. Otherwise a rather slow plot moves things along. Baltar appears to be helping the Cylons find Earth. Meanwhile Starbuck and Tigh just act like assholes to everyone.

 

BSG 3.05 Collaborators

Battlestar Galactica 3.05 Collaborators 2006-10-27

The Circle, a secret tribunal onboard Galactica, decides the fate of Colonials who collaborated with the Cylons during the occupation of New Caprica.


It’s easy to dispose of characters never seen before. So 13 anonymous crew can go missing. But when it comes to a known character, the writers have to pull something out of the hat to save him. Everyone manages to justify their position, but it’s not surprising when the episode ends with a South Affrican solution.

 

BSG 3.03/4 Exodus

Battlestar Galactica 2006-10-13/20)

The plot details the struggle of the human refugees, led by Colonel Saul Tigh, as they lead an insurrection on Cylon-controlled New Caprica. Meanwhile, Admiral Adama and the crews of Galactica and Pegasus plan a rescue attempt of the survivors.

 


Another 2 hours of tense and exciting television. At the end of it all, the fleet is back together, Dr Baltar is with his favorite Cylon and we are left to wonder what will happen for the rest of the season.

 

Dr Who 10.02 Smile

The Doctor and Bill arrive on one of Earth’s first colonised planets, Gliese 581d. They are greeted only by two different types of robots: swarm robots (Vardies) and slow but sentient emojibots. An emojibot give the Doctor and Bill discs that communicate their true emotions. The Doctor theorizes that the planet is awaiting the colonists but soon realizes that the skeletons of a set-up crew have been crushed to feed the plants. Determined to blow up the city, he finds the main ship within it and its engine room, but Bill runs into a child who has awoken from a pod. The colonists were cryogenically frozen, with a few “shepherds” woken early to work.


An actual science fiction story about colonisation and the problem with autonomous robotics. It features a fantastic white set depicting a future cityscape. This is actually the City of Arts and Science in Valencia, Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

BSG 3.02 Precipice

Battlestar Galactica 3.02 Precipice (2006-10-06)

 

This episode focuses on the New Caprica Police and Jammer’s role in it. The Sharon model imprisoned on Galactica is released.

Ron Moore’s writing of the episode was nominated for an Emmy and Writers Guild of America awards.


This continues the tensions built in the previous episode. The Galactica establish communication with the settlers and it looks like a rescue is on it’s way.

 

BSG 3.01 Occupied

Battlestar Galactica 3.01 Occupation (2006-10-06)


The third season premiere and 34th episode of the re-imagined American science fiction drama television series Battlestar Galactica. The episode was written by re-imagined creator Ronald D. Moore, and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.

The Cylons are in their fourth month of a military occupation on New Caprica, where the majority of the human population are residing. A resistance movement is trying to drive the Cylons away. Meanwhile, Admiral William Adama continues his plan to rescue everybody there.


It seems that the producers of BSG just want to repeat American wars. First it was all the Vietnam war movies, now it’s the Iraq war.

It’s been four months on the planet. So why are people living in tents not buildings. Was there a settlement plan. Did everyone go down to the planet ? And where did they get all the resources to build. A lot an unanswered questions. So it’s more intrigue than action  that moves this along.

 

BSG 2.19/20 Burdened

Battlestar Galactica 2.19 & 2.20 Lay Down Your Burdens

Part 1
With the presidential elections weeks away, a new discovery could turn the entire election around. Meanwhile, Starbuck leads a team back to Caprica to rescue the resistance fighters.

Part 2
With the elections underway, Starbuck returns from her mission along with a Cylon who delivers an unexpected message to Adama and Roslin.