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BSG 2.09 Phoenix

Battlestar Galactica 2.09 Flight of the Phoenix (2005-09-16)


In the episode, the Number Eight copy being held on Galactica (Sharon) helps delete a computer virus created by the Cylons, and Chief Galen Tyrol builds a stealth fighter from spare parts.


Better than the previous episode, this one has a few special effects and a new fighter. Unfortunately, centuries in the future spacecraft are still made of steel and the only way to show one under construction is to have someone use an angle grinder. It is strange that the existing craft don’t use carbon composites like the new one.

The scene where Sharon inserts a fibre optic cable in her arm suggests that Cylons are not entirely made of flesh and blood. Maybe someone should tell Balter to use a metal detector to find Cylons.

 

BSG 2.08 Cut

Batthestar Galactica 2.08 – Final Cut (2005-09-09)


In the episode, journalist D’Anna Biers tapes a report on life aboard Galactica and uncovers a plot against Colonel Saul Tigh. She discovers the pregnant Number Eight copy (Sharon) being held secretly aboard the ship, but Commander William Adama forbids her to include it in her final report. However, Biers is a Cylon, and she shares the footage of Sharon with her Cylon brethren.


This was a filler episode, brief character studies fill the episode to no end. However it was good to see Lucy Lawless in the episode.

 

BSG 2.06 & 2.07 Home

Battlestar Galactica 2.06/7 – Home (2005-08-19/25)

In the episode, Starbuck returns to the human fleet bearing the Arrow of Apollo. President Laura Roslin leads a team to the surface of Kobol to find the Tomb of Athena and a map to Earth. Commander William Adama overcomes his anger at Roslin and her allies and joins them on Kobol, where the Tomb provides a clue to Earth’s location. The fleet is reunited.

According to executive producer David Eick, who wrote Part 1 and co-wrote Part 2 with executive producer Ronald D. Moore, “Home” is more about character development and relationships than about story. The episode received favorable critical review.


Moves the story forward, but with little action.

 

BSG 3.05 Farm

Battlestar Galactica 3.05 The Farm (2005-08-12)

In the episode, Cylons capture Kara “Starbuck” Thrace and hold her in an abandoned hospital, where they are performing experiments with human reproduction. Starbuck escapes and leaves Caprica to return to the human fleet. Commander William Adama returns to command of the fleet, but President Laura Roslin persuades almost a third of the fleet to follow her back to Kobol.

According to executive producer Ronald D. Moore, the production process for “The Farm” was one of the most contentious of the second season.

Starbuck’s portrayal in “The Farm” has attracted academic study. Critical reaction was mixed.


This episode manages to actually present a Science Fiction theme – the role of women in a post-apocalyptic society. Then it just throws it away as we know Starbuck (a main character) will ultimately return to the fleet. It would have been interesting if it has involved a female that really had an option.

 

BSG 3.04

Battlestar Galactica 2.04 Resistance (2005-08-05)

Marines fire on civilians following Colonel Saul Tigh‘s declaration of martial law. President Laura Roslin and Lee “Apollo” Adama escape Galactica, Commander William Adama recovers, and Specialist Cally kills Galactica-Boomer. On Caprica, Starbuck and Helo join a human resistance group led by Sam Anders.


More examples of lots of shooting but nobody gets hit. These ‘soldiers’ are useless shots.
Discovered the podcast “Battlestar Recaptica
It’s re-watching the whole ┬áseries and is up to S2 E19. Starting to listen from the beginning of series 2.

 

BSG 2.03 Fragged

Battlestar Galactica 2.03 Fragged (2005-07-29)

On Kobol, Crashdown leads an ill fated assault on a Cylon missile battery. Gaius Baltar frags Crashdown, to Head Six’s approval, shortly before the survey team is rescued. On Galactica, Colonel Saul Tigh’s gambit to discredit President Laura Roslin fails, and he declares martial law.


Finally, Baltar get to shoot someone and become a better character. And Tigh finds what it’s like to have a job he doesn’t like. Suddenly this show is getting better, mainly because the conflicts are between humans.

 

 

 

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.