Battlestar Galactica: Exodus, Part One

After resovling last week’s cliffhanger, everyone’s getting ready for the Cylon/human showdown; Adama has gathered his soldiers, the civilians are ready to move, all they need to do is wait for the signal.

 

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.

Remember last week when I said “Precipice” was the setup episode? Well, “Precipice” has got nothing on “Exodus, Part One” when it comes to putting the pieces in motion.

 

But while it’s a total setup episode, the good parts here get overlooked in favor of the massive smackdown that will happen next week.

 

Remember again, it’s the third episode of the season, and it’s not only responsible for setting up next week’s part two, it’s also got to set up the rest of the season, and while I always forget about D’Anna and her Season Three journey, here we see the beginning.

 

D’Anna’s goal was to find Hera, and if you watch the deleted scenes of “The Captain’s Hand,” she was supposed to kidnap the newborn and raise her (and probably study her) among her Cylon relatives.

 

But then Hera died, and D’Anna’s faith began to falter. She went along with the New Caprica occupation, reluctantly, but if the Cylons could bring God’s love to the humans, it would be worth everything they went through.

 

Well, we know how that turned out, and once again, she’s dreaming about her lost purpose; she would have raised Hera and loved her and brought a revolution to her fellow Cylons. With one dream, and one visit to an understanding (and probably trippin’) oracle, she’s back on her path: Find the baby, find love, save them all. It’s a little moment for the show, but a huge moment for a character coming into her own (and one who inadvertently proves to the viewers that Athena is on the side of the Colonials).

 

Another little moment that nearly kills me is Adama’s goodbye to Lee. “Don’t make me cry on my own hangar deck” is all I need to get a little teary eyed. Lee and Adama’s issues have always been front and center in this show, and not too long ago, Lee wouldn’t have cared to even say goodbye to the ‘Old Man.’

 

It’s a larger extension of the pilot’s pre-battle ritual. They pour a line of salt on the ground, acknowledging their differences and grievances, but they step forward and rub them away, pushing away all the little things that don’t matter in favor of their mission. Lots of little things have gotten between Lee and Papa Adama, but when they hug goodbye, believing it to be the last time… (Just give me a minute, I’ve got something in my eye).  

 

Not all the little moments are the warm fuzzy kind; after the rescue of the doomed 200, Cavil lies on the ground, slowly dying from a bullet wound. Seelix (one of the more ardent Cylon haters in the show), leaves him like that.

 

It’s a little moment that speaks volumes; before, the humans got all the points. Cylons are genocidal monsters, killing 20 billion people without blinking, and then hunting down the survivors to finish the job. The humans fought back to survive, but now, on New Caprica, they’ve lost their moral compass.

 

Now, it’s about winning and retaliation and revenge. Humans have taught the Cylons how to be cruel, and they proved to be apt pupils.

 

A parting thought; thinking ahead and thinking behind me, I’m picking my MVP for the season: Col. Saul Tigh.

 

Never saw that one coming, but Tigh has transformed from a loud, drunk bastard into a tragic hero, who loves his people so much he’s willing to become a monster to save them all. He even gives up his most precious love to accomplish his primary goal.

 

But before the sad comes the funny, and he wins the best-line contest for this episode:

 

“Chief! Pull it together. You won’t do her any good if you
get caught too. Besides, the last thing your son wants is me and Ellen for parents.”

 

Next up: “Exodus, Part Two”