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.
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.
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 series and is up to S2 E19. Starting to listen from the beginning of series 2.
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.
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.
Kobol’s Last Gleaming (2005-17 & 27)
(Ronald D. Moore, Executive Producer)
The discovery of the lost birthplace of humanity causes a split between Roslin and Adama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.