Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock

An old friend returns to the fleet, and all sorts of problems spark up. Baltar also returns to his people only to discover they don’t quite need him back.

 

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 kind of a weird episode. Like “No Exit,” certain moments stick out (we’ll get to those, don’t worry), but as a whole, it’s a little too scattered for greatness.

 

As much as I love me some Ellen Tigh (for all Ellen’s faults, and there are many, Kate Vernon infuses her character with so much heart I can’t help but love her), she can’t help but frak up the situation around her.

 

She’s been dead for 18 months, and out of nowhere, just like before, she shows up and havoc ensues. She has certainly changed (learning you’re a Cylon, and you’re also a member of the 13th tribe is bound to have some effect), but she’s still the boozin’, lovin’ Ellen who will be damned if she gives up her man without a fight.

And she does try to come between Tigh and Caprica, mainly because she’s hurt that he moved on. She’s been waiting to get back to him for all those lonely months, and here he is, with a family they could never have, living a more peaceful (although not more happy) life without her.

It had to be devastating for our long lost Cylon, and she decided to strike back and hurt the one she loves (don’t we all). Of course, it’s Caprica who suffers, but here is one idea that just doesn’t quite gel. I think episode writer Jane Espenson was trying to say the Tigh and Caprica were able to conceive because they loved each other, and that the baby died because they stopped…but they didn’t stop.

Tigh loved Caprica before their baby died, and even after, and the love explanation really doesn’t hold up in a second viewing. I can buy that the show’s writers didn’t want another Hera around (the same reason Tyrol is not really Nicky’s father), but it’s more likely that Liam was just a fluke. His parents found some comfort in each other, made a baby, and the baby wasn’t strong enough to survive.

Tigh states quite bluntly that humans and Cylons’ destinies don’t work out too well when they’re apart, and that they need to build a new future together. I think the subtle approach with his son’s death works better than the love angle.

 

The more I watch this season, the more I’m continually surprised by Baltar’s behavior. Here, he comes back to his people, who have more or less gone on without him. He’s hurt (what’s worse, being the leader of a bunch of outcasts or being the rejected leader of a bunch of outcasts?), and looking for an angle to reclaim them, he sets them on a path of helping out the civilians still living in Dogsville.

Yes, it’s selfish intent and totally Baltar, but along the way he discovers that he likes helping people. It gives him that warm fuzzy feeling that nothing else in his life has provided, and he will be damned if some losers with big guns will take his one joy in life away.

So Gaius Baltar, suspected traitor, Cylon lover, deposed president, meets with his adversaries (Roslin, Lee and Admiral Adama) and proposes a plan to arm civilian charity workers so the hungry will get food. It must have been humbling and humiliating to have to ask, but for once, he didn’t let his pride or his bruised ego stop him from completing his mission (hell, he even managed to get Laura Roslin on his side).

I’d be downright proud of him if I didn’t dislike him so much. Who knew that was even possible?

Stray thoughts

  • Enjoy your last bit of time with *good* Boomer, because next week, the treacherous one returns.

  • Damn, I’m already sick of crybaby Adama. I may still love him, but I really don’t like him anymore. His drunk scene with Tigh was very well played, including the sly way he asked Tigh to keep the Cylons with the fleet, but yeah. Not looking forward to all those upcoming scenes of him drinking and crying.

  • Even the first time through, Chief’s vote to leave the fleet bothered me, mainly because it feels more like a device rather than something the character would really do (especially after coming back as the chief in the last episode), but I think I get it more this time. God, I wouldn’t want to be with those people anymore either, and if I had a shot to leave, I would probably have taken it too.

  • Line of the night: “Floor or table?” – Ellen Tigh, because that’s just her style.

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Next up: “Someone to Watch Over Me”