Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus
And speaking of... Ladies, if the baby-farm episode didn't set your female panic button off then this one certainly will. As their civilization is collapsing you quickly learn so does civility when you are on your own. The Pegasus has a Cylon as well, only theirs is not nearly as well cared for as Sharon. There is no greater fear among women than what the crew of the Pegasus put their version of Six through.
I really have to applaud some performances here regarding these difficult scenes - James Callis as Gaius Baltar brings such a tragic humanity into his trying to settle the imaginary Six, as well as somehow reach the catatonic, tortured, gang raped shell of Six's duplicate... that's just all kinds of immoral, wrong, and evil. Cylon or not. (By the Way, according to Ron Moore's podcast, Six's name is Gina.)
Tricia Helfer's portrayal of the distraught imaginary Six, and that of the abused clone, was hard to watch. Even though she did little but lay there, when she did move it was heartbreaking as her mind finally connects back to cruel reality and a shaky hand reaches for food. You really feel they are far more human than they are getting credit for, but at the same time you have a problem trying to feel sympathy for any form of Six. She's always been so manipulative and domineering, at least the version we know, to see one so vulnerable is almost as shocking as what they did to her.
And when Thorne comes in for Sharon's "interrogation" it's intercut with all the Pegasus pilot's sickening confessions of what they did to their Cylon, you just hope for all that's holy that Tyrol and Helo can run fast enough. Was nice they worked as a team again, but I'm jut sorry they couldn't have found a way to push the bastard into a meat grinder instead of a bolt on the wall. It was an inadvertant killing. It wasn't like they shot him point blank so to hear that Cain ruled singly to execute them is shocking.
Adama's snap was almost audible. He'll take you relieving him of his fleet he's managed to keep together because you out rank him, he'll step aside and let you break up his "family", he'll maybe even let you bad talk his command because he has no choice but to take it - but you do not mess with his people. Watch out woman, you have no idea who you are dealing with. After all isn't there a saying about "An Adama scorned"... there's not? Well there should be, and quite likely will be soon.
Admiral Cain is one bad mammajamma who you can tell has started to prove that other saying about "absolute power corrupts absolutely" is absolutely true. The Pegasus was out there alone, not knowing if they were the last vestiges of humanity or not, as did Galcatica and the rest of the fleet. The difference is whereas Adama let his people go a little off the rule book time to time to keep morale high; Kane kept her ship in strict, if not maniacal, adherence to it. That is a Olde Tyme recipe for tyranny.
When she, at the end of the ep, issues the order to dispatch fighters (btw, "action stations" is really lame) you see the same look of hesitant fear on her CIC staff that Galactica's had when Tigh was in charge and ordered what has been since named the "Gideon Massacre". The actress who plays Cain, and her name escapes me, always manages to play the world's biggest coldest ball busting bitches so I know she's capable of playing it as large as this might need to go.
This is what I love about this show, as soon as you get all comfortable they go and throw it in your face and stomp on you.
Already the spoiler's are coming out for the last half of season two in January, but we'll save those for other posts.