Battlestar Galactica: Final Cut

One investigative journalist, D’Anna Biers, tracks down some footage of the riots on the Gideon that left four people dead (back in “Resistance”). She’s going to release it to the public, but Roslin and Adama convince her to make a balanced video of Galactica’s soldiers instead (with the promise of an all-access pass to the ship’s inner workings). Meanwhile, Tigh has been getting death threats.

 

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.

As my work buddy Curt pointed out to me after watching the BSG finale, one of the great things about the show was how well the writers utilized the supporting cast. Yes, Laura Roslin will always be my favorite character, and I will always love William Adama too, it’s good to see an episode shove them to the back and let the background characters shine.

 

Here, we get some small glimpses into what their lives are like. Racetrack, Gaeta, Dualla, and especially Kat get screen time that would normally go to Starbuck and her issues or Baltar and his scheming ways. We still get some moments with them too, but this time, it’s not their hour.

 

During my first watch of the show, I’m sure I didn’t even know those characters’ full names (hell, I don’t even call Racetrack by her real name), and while Racetrack and Kat were never favorites, Gaeta and Dualla (the ultimate background character) were ones who grew in surprising (and not all good) ways, and the actors and writers always justified my liking them.

 

Of course, that’s not all we’ve got going on here; the biggest news is we have met another Cylon model, the duplicitous and at times unhinged Number Three in D’Anna Biers.

 

The reporter cover story is just a front, but it’s something that fits who she is too. When she and Baltar began their quest to find the final five, she was looking for the truth of the Cylons. Here, she’s looking for a scoop, but the real story is more than the scoop. Again, I know it was just a front to get the footage of a still-alive and still-pregnant Athena to the Cylons on Caprica, but it works on both levels.

 

I didn’t think too much of the episode the first time through, and I still think the Tigh assassination plot was silly and unnecessary, it works more for me this time. I doubt RDM and company planned it this way, but all the characters they focused on here didn’t survive the series. It was nice to see them all again, even for a little while.

 

Next Up: “Flight of the Phoenix”