Battlestar Galactica: The Ties That Bind - VIDEO
by Keith McDuffee, posted Apr 18th 2008 11:01PM
(S04E03) At the conclusion of last week's episode, I made mention of how quickly things were moving along, specifically with the Cylon Centurions' evolution. I thought for sure things would settle down this week, but they gave me a surprise. Hell, I think they gave everyone a surprise. Sorta.
By "sorta" a surprise, I mean the death of Cally. As I was taking notes watching this episode, I was going to mention how obvious it was that Tory would eventually get rid of Cally. She had some newfound Cylon-ish motive to take Cally out of the picture, and she just seemed ... suddenly evil. What surprised me was how quickly Cally was done away with, as I figured for sure it would happen in a future episode. You just knew what was going to happen when Cally so foolishly handed Nicky over to Tory.
Speaking of Tory's evilness, if we keep seeing Cylons taking such pleasure in harming or killing humans, how are we ever expected to sympathize or side with them, if that's what's meant to happen when all's said and done? They seem to be the embodiment of evil, whereas I don't recall humans enjoying killing Cylons (with the exception of Starbuck.) Could it be that there are just some "bad apples" to the bunch, just as there are with humans?
From a half-naked Sharon last week to a fully-naked Cavil this week. Yeesh. Y'know, even though Cavil had a half-naked Sharon dancing for him last week, I was still surprised at the kiss in this episode. That Number 8 is sure turning out to be the slut model of the Cylons. Or is it Number 6? Who can tell.
Maybe it was mentioned last week that the ship Starbuck would be on was named the Demetrius. I guess I should have made the connection, as it was a ship we saw being built during the BSG set visit last year. What surprised me most was the crew that was on-board with Starbuck. Anders was a surprise, even though he has a relationship with Starbuck. He mentions that "some" of them volunteered to accompany her on the ship, but Gaeta?! Doesn't he hate Starbuck? Isn't he crucial to the operations of the Galactica, especially should it come under fire? Maybe someone can explain to me why that made any logical sense at all.
I thought for sure we were going to get more answers regarding the final Cylon tonight, as I swear the promos said "all will be revealed" for this episode. It's possible to overanalyze Cally's death and how the Resurrection Ship wasn't with the Cylon Basestars. Was it transported somewhere closer to the Galactica fleet? I doubt it. Cally is gone for good, though every time I saw Doc Cottle ... I'm keeping my eye on him.
I need to rant one last time about this -- they use "frak" way too much. In fact, I'd be less offended if they used the honest to gods, Earthly curse word "fuck." Every time they say "frak," I cringe just a little, because it's silly. And when they say it ten times in one scene? I have no problem suspending disbelief for most everything else on this show, but this one gets to me. I'll get over it.
There's not a whole lot to say about Starbuck's journey right now. Her conversation with Anders makes you wonder how long she's going to be kept in the dark about what he is. Clearly she seems nuts to everyone, and there's a lot of foreshadowing of a mutiny. I suspect that as soon as they are within range of Earth, the crew will be on the verge of taking over the ship when, suddenly, "what's that on the screen? It's a gas giant with rings!"
Some final thoughts:
- How does Tory, a presidential aide, know how to operate what should be a complicated (and guarded!) airlock? And what are her plans for little Nicky? Remember, she still knows about Hera too.
- Baltar was totally absent from this episode. It's interesting how people either hate or love the guy, usually nobody in between.
- Lee is already showing his strength in his new position, though is he more of a puppet for Zarek? Roslin seems to be overstepping her bounds and is going to have a little mutiny of her own soon.
- Could it be that some of the Cylon models are now dead at the hands of Cavil? It's as though Cavil is the Roslin of the Cylons; his way or the highway, bub.
- Some commenters keep bringing up the "ship of lights" from the original series, and I'm starting to wonder if that might hold water, after seeing Starbuck's vision. Please, please Ronald D. Moore, make it not suck.
Current fleet population: 39,675 (-1 for Cally)
Quote of the episode:
Cavil: "We're machines dear, remember. We don't have souls."