Battlestar Galactica: Home, Part One

Starbuck reunites with Roslin’s faction, and the gang, including Sharon “Athena” Valerii, head down to Kobol to look for the road to Earth. After the fleet divisions of last week, Adama tries to move on from the betrayals but faces some stumbling blocks.

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.

“Home” is a two-parter that comes down to choices. In this crazy ride we all call life, we’ve got to make some, big ones, small ones, etc. Most of the time, they don’t really make a difference to anyone but us, but BSG is a show all about those huge choices.

No matter what path you walk, people die because of the choices the folks in charge make. Here, we’ve got two leaders, Roslin and Adama, who are dead set in their goals and both who refuse to see any other options.

Roslin will lead her people to Earth, consequences to her be damned. She doesn’t demand loyalty (not yet), and she will take the risks, but she never has to pay “the cost in blood.” She suffers, she loses (and has lost) a lot along the way, but she’s right. We know it, she knows it, and with that rightness as her shield, she will make her life matter before she dies, even if it means sheltering a most-hated enemy.

Adama’s choice brings him back to the beginning: stay and fight or run and build? If he runs, he takes the people who stuck with him and tries to build a life with the best of what’s left to him, knowing full well that he left his prodigal ‘children’ to their deaths. If he fights, he takes the high road and makes himself vulnerable to his enemy, his former ally. He spends the entire episode stuck in place, trying to make his poor choice of CAG work, trying to live without the people who matter most to him.

Dualla was never much of a character, she functioned more as a mirror for other characters, but her scene with Papa Adama, where she has the guts to tell him what he doesn’t want to hear, but what he needs to hear, is a favorite of mine. Dualla basically lives in the background, but she’s always watching, always listening to what everyone else is doing, and when Adama pulls her aside for a chat, she is the only one to push him to move forward and fight for their family.

We all know how the story ends, and the good and bad that comes from these choices, but right here, we see the greatness in Mom and Dad, their determination, their love for their children, and their desire for some kind of future. They falter on all these points down the road, but they are magnificent right now.

Next up: “Home, Part Two”