Battlestar Galactica: Home, Part Two

Adama sucks up his pride and flies down to Kobol to patch things up with Roslin. Once the ex-enemies decide to play nice, they discover the Tomb of Athena and a surprising mutiny. Back on Galactica, Head Six has enough of Gaius’ lip and tells him the truth: she doesn’t live in his head, he’s just crazy.

 

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.

In many ways, “Home” feels like a season finale. All the plots of the previous episodes congeal until the fleet is one big, mostly happy family. Roslin, along with Lee, Starbuck, Athena and Helo, are back home where they belong, another Tom Zarek plot has been foiled, Roslin and Adama officially become friends, and Gaius has some evidence that he’s nuts and some that proves he’s not.

 

In a lot of ways, Season Two of BSG feels like two mini-seasons grouped together (coincidently, so does Season Four); the first part pretty much ends here. While some groups have been coping with the end of the world and constant fights with their enemies in the here and now, one group has been looking for a future, and they find it.

 

Earth turns out to be real, and while it will take them a long time to find it (longer than they ever thought), they know that it’s not a fantasy or a beautiful lie.

 

This longing for home comes up a lot in this series, not surprising considering that all their homes were taken from them, but it’s not until the last few episodes in Season Four that the characters really begin to ask themselves what that means. When they are stuck in such misery (and it’s only going to get worse), can that place really be home?

 

I’ve always found the expression “A house is not a home” to be fairly dumb, but just because it’s dumb doesn’t mean it’s not true. Right here, they been looking for a place to live and grow and prosper, and they never realized that where they are now matters too. They are home, even if they don’t know it. What makes the final moment of “Revelations” so bitter, and that seed was planted in the miniseries by Adama and heartily fertilized by Roslin, is that they never thought the present was as important as the future (something Roslin only figures out on her deathbed). Foolish humans.

 

But for now, the Fleet has just come through its first crisis and not everybody made it through, but the people who survived know that they are a family.

 

For better or worse, they are all in this together, and with their first Civil War ended, they all vow to move forward. Together.

 

Next Up: “Final Cut”