Battlestar Galactica: Guess What’s Coming to Dinner

After a brief scare, the Baseship arrives at the Fleet, and the Cylons give the humans an offer that will lead them to both Earth and the Final Five Cylons.

 

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.

If last week’s episode was all about faith, this one is all about betrayal.

Both the humans and the Cylons realize they need each other, but neither side is willing to make the crazy leap into trusting their former enemy and both set up scenarios to betray their fragile alliance. The Cylons decide that, once the hub is destroyed, they will take hostages until the Five are turned over, and they can make a break for Earth.

 

Not to be outfoxed, the humans plan to find out who the Five are, go to Earth, and then let the Cylons go their own way (funny enough, both of these plans ome to fruition). It only shows what we’ve all known for a long time, even our beloved characters; both sides are ready to stop the fighting and the running, but they aren’t quite ready for forgiveness. Sure, they can work with each other and use each other as needed, but real change is not going to happen just because.

A Cylon of all people was the first to recognize the dangerous pattern they were all jumping in to again. Natalie opened herself up to scorn and hatred and came out glorious, even if she ended up dead.

 

Both sides have to really want change, and maybe that’s what the debacle of Earth will show them all; this is what happens when change doesn’t happen, so let’s move on now, before it happens again.

 

They definitely have got a way to go on that front.

 

As a whole, this episode has it both ways; the story moves briskly, all the pieces fit together and make sense, the characters are believable in speech and action, but there are also these little moments that just stick out and make you (or me) want to hug this episode(amazing to think that the same writer wrote “The Woman King”). So, since I want to give them each a well-deserved shout out, I’m going to expand the bullet points this week.

 

Stray thoughts

  • Somewhat continuing the betrayal theme from up top, in one scene, Roslin and Tori’s relationship just crashes and burns, never to be repaired. Let’s be honest, Roslin feels so hurt by Tori’s affliation with Baltar that she betrays her right back and sends her aide to find information Roslin doesn’t need. I really wish this subplot could have been explored more in the final ten episodes…but ah well, it was good while it lasted.

  • But it’s not all bad for our beleaguered president. Lee is finally able to reach her, and he gets her to budge, just a bit, and start playing nice with Quorum delegates she thinks of as children. Even Starbuck is willing to show the president all is forgiven when she (Starbuck) tells Roslin of the Hybrid’s message and Starbuck even arranges her trip to the basestar, Baltar included. Not bad for a few day’s work, Ms. President.

  • Athena gets her own little subplot here, which tragically results in Natalie’s death, but especially when you factor in her point of view shots, it’s hard to blame her for flipping out. Since she picked her side, her daughter has been away from her longer than she’s been home, and that’s going to get to a mother after a while. Factor in a culture that’s creepily obsessed with the little tyke (not to mention a little girl who grows creepier each episode), and well, Athena shoots an unarmed woman to keep her daughter safe, once and for all.

  • And how cool is Tyrol; he’s another one whose life has been shit since he discovered his sweetie was a machine, but damn, an Eight is in trouble, and he’ll help out, no matter what. Poor fool.

  • Even back then the Opera House was Galactica. Foreshadowing or just a fortunate coincidence???

  • My gods, what a voice Alessandro Juliani has. Unfortunately for Gaeta, he does lose his leg, and he spends the rest of the episode singing this lament about trying to rescue a loved one from death. I asked my mom to buy me the Season Four soundtrack just because this song is on it (worth every penny; the rest of the music is really good too).

  • We also get to see a brief shot of Baltar looking in on his former chief of staff. He so wants to comfort his former aide, but he just doesn’t have the courage, a great moment for such a schmuck of a man.

  • Best line of the week goes to Saul Tigh: “Weapons hold!”

Next up: “Sine Qua Non”