Battlestar Galactica: Colonial Day

As the Fleet prepares to celebrate their version of Independence Day, President Roslin call a summit of the Quorum of Twelve (one delegate from each former planet), including the newly elected Sagittaron delegate, Tom Zarek. During the first day, Zarek calls for a vice presidential election, where he is conveniently nominated. On Caprica, Helo gets his brain back and discovers there is more than one Sharon Sharon Valerii.

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.

“Colonial Day” largely picks up where “Bastille Day” left off; having regained some legitimacy, Tom Zarek finds himself in a position of power, a member of the new government he *says* he wants to transform to make their lives better.

Here’s the tricky thing about Zarek; he’s charismatic, a leader, dangerous, power-hungry, but he’s not wrong. The civilian government does need a vice president. If money is worthless, there really is no reason for people to still do their jobs. If the world has ended, they shouldn’t be acting like nothing has changed.

It’s weird to think of him as an optimist, but four years before Lee Adama came to the conclusion, Zarek saw that this is an opportunity to transform themselves and their lives into something better, to not make the same mistakes all over again. If only he wasn’t a terrorist with dictator leanings, his arguments would carry a lot more weight. (But what would be the fun of that?)

And again, we get to see just how ruthless President Roslin can be; here, she bullies her friend and ally into running for vice president, but when things aren’t going too well, she tells him to bow out so she can give Baltar her support. That’s just cold (and awesome!).

That side of the episode was pretty cool, and Roslin and Zarek’s relationship is definitely one to keep an eye on, but I think one major misstep of “Colonial Day” is that the episode brings up a lot of threads that never come up again.

As far as I know, we never learn what happened to that ill-fated assassin; we never see Ellen and Zarek together again; we never hear about or see Roslin’s friend Walter again. That happens a lot in the first season, and while I still think it’s a solid start, it definitely suffers in comparison to the rest of the show.

One last note here for my fellow ‘shippers; their relationship hits a serious roadblock in the next two episodes, but right here, we can see the beginnings of the epic romance between Roslin and Adama. Take heart and remember that while there is a long way for them to go, the producers opened that door; we just walked through it. The blame is all on them.

Next up: “Kobol’s Last Gleaming”