So, one of my favorite writers, Jane Espenson, wrote this episode, so I'm extremely stoked to recap it for you. But before we dive in, did any of you read the play by play from my time at Comic Con? It was a really fun, and very soon, I'll have my interviews with Anders, Tory and the awesome Tigh up on the site. Seriously, these three are the perfect people to tackle the insane acting job of becoming cylons after years of thinking they were human. They were so fun, gracious and easy to talk to... what more could a
Battlestar fan ask for?
Hey, did you notice that
Edward James Olmos directed this episode? Wicked. We begin the episode with a very sweet memorial for Cally in the ship's chapel. Chief delivers such a lovely tribute to his wife, who they all think killed herself. The president, now wearing a wig to show the progression of her illness (though is it just me, or does she not really seem sick at all?), and Adama sit close together. She leans on him and says this is the kind of service she likes, and when he says it's not his style, she leans closer and says, "But I want you to know what I'd like." Hmmm, I like that these two are not overtly a couple, but seem to be in every other sense. It's a kind of chaste intimacy that Mulder and Scully had while she was ill. Nice work.
At the end of the service Adama and Roslin pay their respects to Chief, and then he suddenly grabs Tory and Tigh with a freaky and intense look in his eye. You can see Tigh and Tory tense up because they have no idea what the Chief is about to do or say. Tigh says, "What the frak was that?" Indeed.
In one of the cooler parts of the episode, Tigh wanders to the brig for his daily (interesting) visits to Six (wearing a strangely slutty shirt. Why isn't she in prison garb? Ha.). She asks why he comes every day and he immediately gets pissed and storms off. However when she stops him, he turns to see his dead wife dressed as Six, wig and all. It's a creepy comparison for a lot of reasons, and it makes Tigh stop dead in his tracks. I love it. Six asks if there's something that he wants or needs from him. He's wigging out and tells her to back off.
Tigh and Tory visit Chief and cry-baby Nicky (seriously, the poor kid needs to be picked up by CPS) in his rack. They ask him what the hell he was doing at the memorial by grabbing them like that. Tory says she thinks he blames himself for Cally killing herself. Chief says Cally thought they were having an affair, but Tory shoots that down by saying, "But we weren't." Basically, he's having a crisis about who he is and if everything he's ever done has just been a program. This again! Come on, guys, be like Tory! Embrace your new selves! Kidding. But when Tory says, "You're perfect, you don't need guilt, we were made to be perfect," Tigh aweseomly retorts, "What is that more of Baltar's crap?" (Please insert his pissed off, gravelly voice). I love Tigh even more as a cylon than I did before. Didn't know that was even possible. We can tell he's having issues about Ellen every day - haunted by what he did to her even more so now that he knows he's the enemy. He tells Chief he'll think of Cally every day, but that he has to be a man and move on.
Back in the bat cave, er, cult room, Tory crawls into bed with Baltar and starts plucking hairs off of his head spouting nonsense about pain and pleasure happening at the same time (she strokes his nether regions while plucking the hairs). I'm not sure what the point of all this is, but one of the best lines of the whole show is when Baltar says to her, "I think I liked you better crying." Ha! The point is actually that she's talking about sin and forgiveness, and bad becoming good, and that if you become one with God, you can never truly do wrong. As this diatribe is going on, the cult is invaded by some sort of rebels (Sons of Aries) that beat up the innocent women looking for Baltar. Of course, they all protect him.
Back on the flight deck, the chief is repairing one of the birds and flashing back to his memories of Cally, some good, some bad. He's totally distracted, and I can tell this flight won't go well. It's an ugly crash landing for the crew because Chief didn't swap out the right parts, and even though they try to give Chief a break because what he's been through, he wants no part of it. He screams at them to tell him he "frakked up."
Six appears with Baltar to give him clues as to who attacked the cult. Baltar also realizes that his followers are having a hard time giving up the old gods. He rallies the troups to stand up for what they believe in and not accept persecution. He storms the chapel during a service and trashes it in retaliation.
In sick bay, Roslin and Adama hang out while she gets a blood test. He brings her a book (aww) and says it's his favorite, but he doesn't want it to end. That sounds like a metaphor if I ever heard one. Roslin says, maybe I should do that... then realizes she can't save it for later because there really is no later for her. Debbie Downer time! Roslin decides she wants to visit Baltar for a chat.
Ellen/Six is back begging Tigh to see that she's the same as he is... made of flesh and veins. She says, "Are you asking for absolution? I can give you that." Tigh snaps out of it and says she can't offer him anything, and leaves. Oh, but he'll be back. He'll be back.
Roslin and Baltar talk in the brig. She admits she's dying and that because of that she's not in the mood to be indulging him any longer. You go girl!
Adama tries to help the chief by saying he can have time off or more work... whatever he needs. Chief imagines him saying, "She probably couldn't handle being married to a cylon and that her son is a half-breed abomination." This makes chief snap; he says horrible things about settling for Cally because Boomer was a cylon, and that she was no angel. It escalates until Adama reassigns him to another ship. In-to- the-tense!
Back in the cabinet room the members of the government (especially feisty Lee) are arguing with Roslin about the attack on Baltar's people. Lee thinks it persecutes one group and favors mainstream religion. The prez wants to slap him so badly... what a brat that Lee Adama is!! She says her job is to keep people safe; end o' story.
Tigh is back with Ellen/Six and is falling under her spell. Meanwhile, Baltar's Six tells him to cross the military protection to get into his bat cave and she promises he won't be hurt. After a total beat-down by the soldiers, we can actually see him being picked up by an invisible Six until Lee comes to save the day. Cool special effects there. Even cooler? Tigh has Six in the brig beat the crap out of him to obtain clarity. Hot stuff.
In the end, Baltar delivers a rousing speech about god loving us all because we're perfect just as we are. People cry, Tory and Six smile.
What did you think of the episode? How long do you think it'll be before Chief loses it completely?
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So one of my favorite writers Jane Espenson wrote this episode so Im extremely stoked to recap it for you But before we dive in did any of you read the play by play from my time at Comic Con It was a really fun and very soon Ill have my interviews with Anders Tory and the awesome Tigh up on the site Seriously these three are the perfect people to tackle the insane acting job of becoming cylons after years of thinking they were human They were so fun gracious and easy to talk to what more could a Battlestar fan ask forHey did you notice that Edward James Olmos directed this episode Wicked We begin the episode with a very sweet memorial for Cally in the ships chapel Chief delivers such a lovely tribute to his wife who they all think killed herself The president now wearing a wig to show the progression of her illness though is it just me or does she not really seem sick at all and Adama sit close together She leans on him and says this is the kind of