Battlestar Galactica: Black Market
This seemed like a filler episode to me. No real advancement toward the overall plot, barely a word spoken of Cylons,
no space dogfights. I understand they can't all be like that, which is why I'm saying this was a little "calm after
the storm" of last week's episode. We definitely get a good hard look into Apollo's thoughts and emotions, and what
may have gone through his head as he neared on death last week.
At first the whole notion of underground, black market dealings just seemed unrealistic to me. Until now, I'm not sure the show did a good job in really giving the viewers a feel for how many people are among the fleet. I think the occasional appearance of the Presidential people-count whiteboard is meant to help give us a sense of how easy it would be to disappear among the ships and people in the fleet, though it's not always that effective.
In this episode, the "boss" of the underground empire seems to have no fear at all for the governing body controlling the fleet. I just had a hard time understanding how he'd so easily hide in plain sight, when it'd be all too easy to take him down and take everything he owns.
By the way, didn't anyone tell the guy that anytime you say "you're not gonna shoot -- you're not like me," you're so going to be shot? Such a cliché.
We do learn a bit about Apollo that we didn't know before; he lost someone on Caprica. Would they go so far as to bring her back somehow, much like the Colonel's wife suddenly appeared? I really hope not, but if they do, it'd better lead to a lot of suspicion.
Current fleet population: 49,595
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