Battlestar Galactica: Six of One - VIDEO
by Keith McDuffee, posted Apr 11th 2008 11:06PM
(S04E02) Let me start out by saying that Sci Fi airing these episodes online at noon is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing that we all get to see our favorite show well ahead of time. It's a curse because it's smack in the middle of a workday for some (though at lunchtime) and at the start of a workday for others. There's no pausing or rewinding, so if you get a bad connection or miss something, you still need to tune in that night to keep up. Not that that's such a bad thing, really, but man it's frustrating.
The second thing I wanted to get out of the way concerns one of the polls from last week, where I asked if you wanted a chat this week (yes, yes, I will get to the review in a minute). The poll was really, really close, with more people wanting the chat than not. However, I think it might be a bad idea for a couple of reasons, most important dealing with what I just mentioned regarding the noon showing. I'm concerned we'll have jerks ruining things for everyone with spoilers, for example. I'm still open to hearing what you all have to say about it in the comments, though.
I forgot to note last week about one important part of Starbuck's story, how she seems to think she's been away for only hours while, to everyone else, she's been gone for months. With that in mind, besides the strange Earth cramps she's been having, she's been acting odd for someone who thinks she's been gone for such a short time. Even the point when she approaches Apollo is strange. I can't wait to see the reveal of what really happened to her, whether she was caught in some sort of wormhole or if she really blacked out for such a long time.
Sticking with Starbuck, is the consensus from everyone that Roslin purposely missed when she shot at her? It certainly looked like she had every intention of taking her out, and it could be that her complications from cancer are what caused her to not see straight and miss. Then again, maybe she's just a really poor shot; it's not as if she's done a good job handling a weapon before. She is one self-righteous crazy person, and I was glad to see Bill put her in her place.
I'm betting that more than quite a few of you guys reading this were thanking the gods for your DVR's rewind and pause capability during the Grace Park dancing scene. In fact, you're probably watching it again right now, aren't you? Yeah, you know who you are.
When I saw the promos for this episode, I knew already what was going to happen, since it was the Cylon meeting table scene that I got a peek at during the BSG set visit last year. This scene spells out one of the larger themes of this final season, probably the entire series. "This has happened before, and will happen again." Those words are reflected in what Cavil was trying to do with the Raiders.
But doesn't it seem a bit too convenient? It makes sense that this would happen, but now it's slapped us over the head, just like that, within one episode. Shouldn't this have been something we'd see throughout maybe the last season or two? The Raiders are acting up, Cavil decides they need configuring and that they're "tools" that do their bidding, and boom -- it's like humans to the skin-jobs.
As for the four newly-revealed Cylons, why are they so hell bent on finding the last Cylon? Is it because they can use this last "person" as a scapegoat of sorts, throwing everyone off their scent by throwing him or her to the dogs? What do the four hope to gain by meeting together all the time, in secret? Gods, even Tory took one for the team, though it seems she's not feeling all that bad about it.
I'm not sure what to make of Lee leaving the Galactica, but I'm a sucker for the familiar Adama Celtic music. Gets me right there, I tell ya. I imagine we'll see Lee working his legal mojo, only to be dragged back into battle at least one last time before all's said and done.
During Lee's farewell scene, I was reminded of how easily a Model 8 Cylon is able to walk amongst the rest of the crew, skip-happy and smiling all the way. Is this something Saul and the other three have thought of yet, that they could possibly be somewhat overlooked should they come forward and let it be known what they experienced? What more do they have to do to be "cleared" as really being the good guys like Athena has been?
It was good to see the scenes with Bill and Kara, both the hostile and the friendly. It shows that Bill definitely has a father-daughter bond with Kara, where there are major ups and there are major downs. We saw this with Bill and Lee, and commenters even made note of how quickly Bill got over his issues with Lee and the court case.
One last thing: what the heck can they recycle sewage for?
Current fleet population: 39,676
Quote of the episode:
Cavil: "Centurions can't vote, Six."
Number 6: "Oh they're not here to vote. Cavil."
Second best quote of the episode:
Number 6: "The telencephalic inhibitor that restricts higher functions in Centurions. We had them removed."
Cavil: "Say what?!"