Battlestar Galactica: Water

Galactica’s sleeper agent is up to no good and causes the fleet to lose a good chunk of water reserves. The crisis brings together our military and civilian leaders, along with a truck load of friction between the two. Chief Tyrol and Boomer conceal her involvement in the sabotage; Helo and not-Boomer run around on Caprica and try not to flirt too much. 

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

(Don’t worry, more movie reviews coming later this week)

Here’s an episode I’ve always liked a lot; it’s not about space battles or hot robots, it’s about the nuts and bolts of survival. Where are they going to find water once their supply is mostly depleted? Where are they going to get food once that’s gone? How are they going to keep the peace when they have soldiers not police?

Good questions all. It’s stuff like that that made BSG a different kind of sci-fi show. They don’t have the inclination (or the money) to do space battles every week, so instead they pump up “The West Wing” aspects of the show. We get to see how the decisions are made, for what reasons, and how our leaders are going to deal with each other.

Yeah, it’s a little dry at times, but so was “The West Wing” and I loved that show too.

On the character side, we get a lot of setup here for stuff down the road. Gaius begins his shameless flirting campaign with Starbuck, who likes to play with Gaius but isn’t really interested in him. The Gaius Fan Club (members: Felix Gaeta) also begins, which is another relationship to pay more attention to this time around.

On the larger scale, it’s heartbreaking to see how much Boomer has Chief under her thumb.  Anybody else, and he would immediately suspect a Cylon agent, but because he loves her, it’s got to be another reason. He wouldn’t love a machine. He wouldn’t be fooled. He wouldn’t sacrifice his life to inadvertently help her kidnap a child.

You have to feel for Boomer here too; she knows, deep down, she’s a Cylon, and at times she can control those impulses, but she can’t hide among the humans forever. It’s possible that had she come clean here, or any time before shooting Adama, they wouldn’t have rejected her and hated her so much. Unlikely, I know, but all this cover up did was make her life, and her deaths, that much worse.

Something I hadn’t noticed before – Lee’s decision to become Roslin’s military advisor both sets up the mutiny at the end of the season and the simmering tension between Adama and Roslin. She’s pulling his son from him, and that’s another reason (on a long list) for him to dislike her. No wonder he took her betrayal so personally. No wonder he threw her out of office with such glee.

Next up: “Bastille Day.”