Battlestar Galactica: Six Degrees of Separation

After Gaius angers Head Six, a mysterious (Six-shaped) woman named Shelley Godfrey arrives on the Galactica and accuses (with proof) Gaius of aiding the Cylons in their attack on the colonies. After seven episodes (weeks), Helo and not-Boomer make Hera and finally get themselves a plot.

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.

Man, I have seriously misread this episode throughout the year I’ve been watching the show.

Granted, it’s never going to be a favorite of mine, just like Gaius Baltar is never going to be a favorite character for me, but I really did not see just how much humor he brings to the show. That bathroom scene is something that almost comes out of “The Office” rather than BSG, but damn, it just works.

“Six Degrees of Separation” is really the first Gaius episode, and it’s a doozy for the character. We can already see Gaeta’s faith and devotion to his mentor that will eat him alive later. Gaius sincerely comes to God when he feels he’s about to die, and he means it in that moment, but afterword, it’s back to the status quo. Interesting though, that he pledges his life to God’s work, and he does fulfill that vow; convenient that’s God’s plan was to keep him alive.

But of course, there’s more going on here than just Gaius being funny and weird. First up, we get the first hint (more like a flashing neon arrow) that there is more to Head Six than she’s been telling Gaius. Toward the end of season three (“Taking a Break From All Your Worries” to be precise), I suspected that she was real and corporeal, but watching this episode, it would be really hard to say definitively that it’s the Angel and not the Cylon trying to frame Gaius. (Serious kudos are in order for Adama for seeing through her seduction techniques.)

Of course, I’ll say right now it’s the Angel teaching her blasphemer a lesson (and securing his innocence), but it’s always fun to speculate, even now. That’s part of the reason that while I will absolutely watch “The Plan” when it comes out, I’m a bit leery of it; I like that there are these little mysteries still hanging about and I don’t want them all wrapped up.

Another interesting moment: Roslin and Baltar’s confrontation in the brig. How many times will we see this scene? How many times will he plead his innocence to her smug self, regardless of which side of the bars he’s on? How many times will they part enemies?

“Each of us plays a role; each time a different role. Maybe the last time I was the interrogator and you were the prisoner. The players change, the story remains the same.” – Leoben Conoy (Flesh and Bone)

Next up: “Flesh and Bone”