Battlestar Galactica: A Day in the Life

On his wedding anniversary, Adama gets ghostly visits from his long-dead (and long ago divorced) wife. Meanwhile, Tyrol and Callie find themselves in a jam when a cleanup job takes a deadly turn.

 

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.

Well, I hope you’ve recovered from the series low point last week. I have, mostly, and while this week’s episode is an improvement, the show is still not performing at full strength.

 

The big problem here is that while the episode is made up of little scenes that play off the longstanding relationships we’ve come to care about, the episode as a whole just never gels. Sure, I’m interested in Adama’s inner life and all that, but really, Baltar-esque visions of his ex just don’t seem to vibe with the man we know.

 

Speaking of his ex…talk about some lazy writing. Take all the heart and soul out of Ellen Tigh, add in some mediocre acting and poor writing, and bam, you’ve got a shrew of a woman who no one would tolerate, let alone marry. And her out-of-nowhere alcoholism and rage issues are beyond clich.

 

But really, that’s all the bad here. It’s a big chunk of the episode, but the rest of it is worth watching.

 

I’ll never be a Tyrol and Callie ‘shipper, but like it or not, they are married with a kid (but not their kid, hehe) and that’s not often something you see on a sci-fi show. They love each other, in healthy and unhealthy ways for sure, but they really are trying to provide the best life they can for their son, and we get to see, in this typical ‘slow’ day, the challenges of raising a kid in the fleet.

 

They barely see each other, and as Callie points out, Nicky sees the daycare folks more than he sees his parents. So, in an effort to forge some quality couple time, Tyrol schedules them for some grunt work together. But of course, something goes horribly wrong, and they both nearly die. This time around a lot of the tension is removed from the action, but I do applaud the effort to spend some quality time with a pair of background characters.

 

Callie is mean and insufferable as always, but well, she’s got a point (say what you will about Carolanne Adama, but she did make me like Callie more by default). Tyrol has been neglecting his family, and he needs to be there for them more.

 

Tyrol is trying to find the balance Adama never could; he’s trying to be an involved dad while also honoring his duties, and well, you can’t really do both in their line of work. As my viewing buddy pointed out (Hi Jim!), both he and Adama put the ship first in their personal lives, but at least Tyrol is making the effort to spend more time with his wife (poor guy, you’ve got no idea what’s coming). But at the end of a very, very long day, he knows what’s important, even if it’s just for the one day, a lesson Adama learned far too late.

 

Stray thoughts:

        I give this episode a huge pass because well, it contains two classic Roslin and Adama scenes (maybe not in the top three, but definitely the top ten. And any reference to “Unfinished Business” is a plus in my book). I know they end up together (for a while anyway), but still, my stupid heart longs for them to speed the process up.

        Another touching scene is one between Adama and Lee in the briefing room. It’s easy to forget, but they have come such a long way from their mini-series relationship.

        Hey, Adama had daddy issues too. Shocker. (But after watching “Caprica,” can’t say I blame him, even if he and Joseph are more alike than Bill would care to admit.)

        And look, Starbuck and Lee are friends again! Hallelujah!!!

 

Next up: “Dirty Hands”