Battlestar Galactica: Revelations

D’Anna, who didn’t get the memo about peace and friendship between Cylons and humans, takes hostages in an effort to make the Final Five reveal themselves and come over to the Cylon side, bringing a tense situation to a dangerous head on the eve of peace.

 

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.

D’Anna has been asleep too long.

She’s missed about a year of the action, and it’s been one hell of a year for both sides in this conflict. The Cylons have faced their first internal disagreement, and they’ve come through it a divided nation. They have changed, and they made the choice to ally themselves with their former enemies, and she didn’t.

 

She is still stuck in the moment where Cavil boxed her, where she was betrayed by someone she trusted, and she will be damned if she’s going to let that happen again. She drags her people into a cold war for their own good, because after seeing Roslin’s casual betrayal of the Cylons last week, D’Anna is going to get Earth for Cylons and only Cylons (little does she know that already happened).

So, after a brief rest, it’s showdown time, complete with meaningless death, nukes and mutually assured destruction. Yeah, everybody wins (and loses).

But finally, finally, Tigh reveals his darkest secret to his best friend and his CO in the hopes of easing the situation and rescuing the hostages (including his best friend’s woman). Tigh has the best intentions, and he succeeds in breaking Adama’s heart (but not for long).

As he and Lee discussed way back in the season four premiere, does it really matter now? Yes, it’s a shock, but Tigh is still Tigh, and he’s still the guy who always has Adama’s back. He’s the guy who urges Lee to toss him out the airlock in the hopes of getting D’Anna to back down.

I’ve got some problems with this episode, but it got a lot of little things right. The resolution of the hostage crisis, and agreement to go to Earth together, was way, way too quick (here is one episode that really could have used an extra 10 minutes). Adama’s breakdown was one heart-breaker of a scene (and touching too, with Lee for once being commanding and confident), but his return to normality took place in the time it takes to put on his uniform.

But, once you get to the home stretch, and Roslin gives the order to fly to Earth, all is forgiven. The music and the joy surrounds our most somber crew, and they are all happy. Relief flows from them like never before; they are finally home. They crawled through hell and “came out clean on the other side.”

They should have known better. They put all their hopes and dreams around one goal, and it didn’t work out. They came all this way, lost so much, to end up back where they started, where this whole journey started.

It will kill some of them, but it’s what they all need to see.

Frak Earth. Frak this frakked-up planet. They have a better one a-waiting them.

Stray thoughts

  • Around the time I saw this episode, about six months after it originally aired, I remember hearing this nasty rumour that because of the writers’ strike, the producers considered ending the show here. Now, it was just a nasty rumour, but even though the last two minutes of this episode are far superior to the last two minutes of “Daybreak,” I will be forever grateful the show didn’t stop here. I love this show and these characters, and here is one frakked-up place to leave them. Sure, the finale had its problems too, but this episode is not the way to end things.

  • But the final shot along the beach…damn. No one does bleak quite like this show, and without words, every character mirrors the devastation around them. It’s one completely true moment in an otherwise uneven episode.

  • Hi Kat! Lots of characters have died on this show, and while they couldn’t include all of them, Starbuck would remember the pilot who gave up her life to save a ship. Kat may be dead, but she gets to be remembered too.

  • And looks like the Baltar-Roslin truce is still going on. In this one perfect moment between the two of them, there is no hostility, no cutting remarks, just honesty. Like the Cylons and humans, they don’t have to like each other, but they need to learn to live with each other. If she can live with Baltar, anything is possible.

 

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