Battlestar Galactica: The Passage

The fleet’s food gets contaminated somehow, and while a search for nearby sustenance is fruitful, one obstacle stands in their way: a radiation field too big to go around and too dangerous to go through.

 

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.


I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I never was a big fan of Kat; in many ways (but not all), she’s a mini-Starbuck, and I really don’t think this show needs two Starbucks (one is more than enough). But it’s too easy to write Kat off as a Starbuck clone, and mostly, this show doesn’t take the easy way out.

 

She’s more maternal that Starbuck is, which means she’s not afraid to get in Starbuck or Lee’s face when she feels they are being cavalier about the safety of her crewmates. Flying is her life, just like the other pilots, but she seems to maintain a healthy balance and she’s not prone to self-destruction – she had a stim habit that she kicked and never looked back (Lee could pick up a few tips from her).

She even had the dark and checkered past (she was a drug runner before the Cylon attack), but she used her second chance to get her a new life as a hero pilot, who struck down Scar, who stayed on the ship when other pilots fled to New Caprica, who died after saving a wayward ship lost in the radiation fog.

When Starbuck begins badgering her, and gets the truth of her past out of Kat; the shamed pilot confesses her sins and begs for secrecy and forgiveness, but really, she already had it.

Adama had the right idea; Kat is not the same person she was before the Cylon genocide, none of them are, and knowing the details of the distant past doesn’t really change the details of the near past. Kat ran drugs for money; she saved lives in countless battles.

As she lay dying, Adama promoted her to CAG, to say thank you for saving that lost ship, and for helping complete this difficult mission (and all the other difficult mission). At the end of the day, she meant a lot to him; the man has flown across the universe, collecting fake daughters and sons, and she died knowing she made the cut.

At their confrontation, Starbuck tells Kat to embrace who she really is, but we knew who she was. We’ve known all along. She’s Louanne “Kat” Katraine, hero.

Stray thoughts:

                  Tigh’s return to the CIC was a great moment, with the muted applause and his barking at them to stop. Did you notice who didn’t clap – Felix Gaeta. That’s one dude who can hold a grudge.

                  When Starbuck puts Kat’s picture on the memorial wall, she hangs it next to the picture of Reilley’s girlfriend, whose name she couldn’t remember back in “Scar.” Later, Starbuck’s picture will be next to Kat’s, a nice nod to the little sister Kara had a lot of issues with.

                  “The Passage” is Jane Espenson’s first BSG episode; she’s a “Buffy” alum, and I’ve always been a fan. Leave it to her to make me all weepy during a Kat episode when I don’t even like Kat that much.

                  For “Stargate” fans, Enzo, Kat’s former associate, is played by G. Patrick Currie, (“Fifth” in “Unnatural Selection”). Bonus trivia – Tahmoh Penikett (Helo) was in that same episode.

                  I’ll touch more on the Basestar stuff next week, but wow, Baltar wants to be a Cylon, to alleviate his guilt. This is how far he’s come; little by little, he’s growing a soul.

Next up: “The Eye of Jupiter”