Battlestar Galactica: The Eye of Jupiter

It’s been two weeks since the fleet landed on the algae planet, and while the food stores are being replenished, Chief Tyrol finds a temple that might contain the Eye of Jupiter, which might guide the way to Earth. Unfortunately, the Cylons show up and demand the Eye. Chaos ensues.

 

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.

That was a lot more entertaining than I remembered, which I guess it the whole point to this rewatch in the first place. I already know a lot about the episodes I love, but it’s high time I took a closer look at the ones I don’t remember as well.

 

“The Eye of Jupiter” is a perfect example. I think I was actually, dare I say it, bored during the first watch of this episode. Granted, it’s better than my memory, and while it’s not a great episode, it really is one gripping 45 minutes.

 

All season (and hell, during the entire series) these plots strands have been percolating, and here they all crash in to each other.

 

Sharon and Helo (and Adama) learn that Hera is alive, and that Laura Roslin kidnapped her and faked the girl’s death. Starbuck and Lee have been sneaking around, and with the siege on the planet, they are forced to deal with their feelings with their spouses present. Baltar and Three take off toward the planet to discover the Final Five (guys, it’s gonna be a while). Three also begins to assert herself as group leader of the Cylon collective (and stokes some ire of the current leader). And lastly, for better or worse, the religious tones of the show start to come out in full force.

 

Whew. That’s a lot of threads for one episode, and while some dialogue sections can be a bit on-the-nose, it mostly works.

 

Since there is so much going on here, I’m just going to touch on the highlights. Hopefully, I’ll get back to my normal exhilarating prose next week.

 

Highlights:

                  Athena and Boomer’s meeting – here are two women who at some point switched lives and never switched back. In many ways, Athena stole Boomer’s life and her family, and Boomer just cannot resist the temptation to tell her sister that the ‘family’ isn’t as loving as she thought. Bad Boomer! But it all works out in the end, right?

                  Adama and Laura’s confrontation – he’s furious, but he still loves her, so he keeps himself together as long as he can. She, *knowing* that she did the right thing, is all excuses and nerves, but really, what could she say? He’s lost a child, he lives with that, and she stole a child and told her parents she was dead. Again, he loves her, but I guess love really is blindness.

                  Baltar – he’s not in the episode much, but wow. He betrays Caprica, a woman who loved him with all she had, who died for him (twice), but, hey, knowledge is more important. Then, he comes back to Galactica as an enemy, and he’s homesick and still seeking the approval of Roslin and Adama, in all his pathetic glory. He’s a shit most of the time, but I tell you, he’s even getting pity points from me (an avowed Baltar hater). Damn, show…damn.

                  Chief in the temple – not for the first time, a character is lead on a quest they don’t understand, and this week it’s Tyrol’s turn. He finds the Temple (that he knows more about then he wants to), and he remembers the scorn of religion he used to hold. Maybe the memory is fake, but really, next episode, he’s going to be ordered to blow up this holy space, and he won’t do it. These people don’t have a lot of temples left; how can you blow even one up?

                  Lee Adama – a man with no temples, no code to live by except his own, is faced with his own showdown: his sure thing wife or the woman who teases him but promises nothing. Eventually, he’ll make up his mind, sort of, but you can already see the troubles now. He wants to be honorable, but really, he just wants Starbuck (who is surprisingly religious when you get past her flaws), but he’s not willing to have her at any cost. He needs to be able to live with himself, and an affair is just not the way to accomplish that. He’s got a way to go before he’s awesome, but here the beginning.

                  D’Anna (Three) – at the start of this season, she was a woman looking for love, not romantic love, but a parent’s love. She needed to find Hera to know what love was because she felt God’s love was too remote. She found it, and now she wants the other half, to know a child’s love for her parents. She begins this quest to find the Final Five, a taboo subject in her monoculture, because she is the only one with the tenacity to break her programming and find her missing parents. Like the humans, the Cylons are a fleet without parents, without guidance, and here is the Chosen One, leading the way to them.

 

Next up: “Rapture”