Battlestar Galactica: Someone to Watch Over Me

Starbuck bonds with a mysterious piano player, which reignites an old passion, while Chief spends the episode trying to save Boomer’s life, with some disastrous consequences.

 

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.

During this rewatch, there have been a few episodes I’ve been downright nervous about revisiting. Some because I’m not sure if I will love them as much, some because I really disliked them the first time around and some because I’m not sure how fresh eyes will react to an odd episode.

Someone to Watch Over Me” falls right in that latter category, and while there is a lot to love here, the reveal over the piano player just doesn’t make sense the second time around.

Starbuck has been a bit neglected the last few episodes; she’s been around, but she’s been forced into the B-plot, and I’ve been missing her brand of crazy, so it’s great to bring her back to the forefront in all her messed-up glory.

She still is haunted by Earth, and she still hasn’t told anyone that she found her dead body on that nuked-out planet. She’s still fretting over Sam, and she’s still leading her pilots in a *fruitless* effort to find a new home.

She’s been running in place for weeks, doing the same things over and over and over, and finally, someone new comes along just when she needed him. They bond, she works out some childhood issues with her dad, then realizes this guy IS her dad…and then he promptly disappears.

Sigh. I was really on board for this episode until that “Sixth Sense” reveal had to go and ruin a pretty good Starbuck episode. I don’t mind that he wasn’t real, or that he was her father and his mysterious song has this connection to the Cylons and whatnot, but the device itself, like a lot of M. Night Shyamalan films, just doesn’t make sense.

No one even looked her way when she started shouting at someone who wasn’t there? Or holding a conversation with an invisible person? Starbuck is weird and all, but people do notice that stuff. Even Baltar got funny looks now and then before he learned how to multi-task two conversations at once.

I found the other side of the story much more satisfying, even though it suffers from some of the believability issues the A-plot had (Wouldn’t Hera have known it wasn’t her mother? Wouldn’t some of the other Cylons recognize Boomer?).

Chief once again finds himself caught up with Boomer; she confesses that she still loves him, has never stopped loving him, and she has even created a Cylon projection of the house that might have been had the war not happened.

It’s very sweet, and just what our beleaguered Chief needs after his wife’s death and learning of her betrayal. It’s also exactly what he wanted to hear, which should have sent up a red flag immediately, but this is Chief here. He’s a loving and forgiving man, and he loves and forgives with his whole body.

And all that does is get him in more trouble, but this time, he hurts a lot of other people along the way too. I’ve felt sorry for Boomer for a long time now, and I still feel pity for her, but this episode pretty much burns away all that. She had every opportunity to just run away, run back to Cavil, anything, but she choose to hurt the people she once loved in the most vile and devastating way she could.

I don’t say this lightly, but she gets what she deserved, an end to her (and our) misery.

Stray thoughts

  • As much as I complained about the ghost device, I cannot complain about the performances. Katee Sahckhoff once again shows just what an asset she is to this show; even when the writing is a bit weak, she always brings the depth to this unbalanced and memorable character.

  • And of course, Roark Critchlow shines in a role that could have been a big joke but instead manages to be quite moving.

Next up: “Islanded in a Stream of Stars”