February 27, 2009
— Gabriel Malor Well, we had three weeks in a row of good stuff. And then last week. My short recap is below the fold.
In tonight's episode, we deal with Starbuck's special destiny and just about everyone wants to make Boomer pay. After this, three episodes to go. When do I get my Lucy back?
Spoiler Policy: Anything from the miniseries and the show up to and including tonight's episode is fair game; no need to warn or in some way obscure text for anything that comes from that material. However, anything you may have heard about future episodes should be kept to yourself. Thanks. Deadlock Recap:
This is not a good episode. In short, it is a soap opera. I know people say that about the show all the time, but usually it's a soap opera with science fiction trimmings. This episode could have been taken directly from a script for any of a dozen soaps. The TV Guide version:
Ellen returns after her apparent death in Season 3 to find that her husband has moved on. Now, with his new lover expecting a child, Ellen forces him to chose between his new family and his old life. But after discovering that there is a third true love in his life, his best friend the Admiral, she conspires to kill his unborn child. DRAMA.
The teaser catches us up on all three plots. Galactica is wounded, but repair teams are slathering Cylon goop all up inside to make her better. Caprica is pregnant and once upon a time was a real fighter. Also, the Cylons in the fleet face discrimination in Dogsville. And Ellen is back and eager to see the Final Five.
As far as Galactica's lube, the plot goes nowhere. The Admiral is still all broken up about it, both guzzling more drinks than Tigh and popping more pills than Roslin. What a loser and that's all I'm going to say about it.
The other plots get most of the attention and, of course, Ellen's return is integral to both of them. So let's start there. Last week we saw Ellen and Boomer escape from Cavil. Now they've arrived at the fleet (how'd they find it again?) and landed in the hangar bay. The Raptor's door lifts up and --
"How many dead chicks are out there?" Hotdog quietly asks. Tell me about it. So Ellen's back and neither the Admiral nor the President are happy about it. Tyrol IDs Boomer at a glance and the Admiral sends "that Eight" off to the brig. Tigh immediately begins to suck face with his ex-dead wife and every viewer simultaneously says, "Oh, hell, it's going to be that episode." Cut to Opening Credits.
It is fairly predictable and quite disappointing. The poised, elegant, superior Ellen which confronted Cavil just last week is gone. Instead, we've got a jealous shrew with none of the wisdom of her age. Her goal is simple, frak her husband and when she's done with that break his new girlfriend. It's ugly. It's base. And it's absolutely calculated.
"You just can't stop poisoning me," Ellen accuses Tigh. But, she figures out faster than anyone else that "love" was keeping Tigh and Caprica's unborn baby alive. All she has to do is get Tigh to love her instead -- say, by selflessly stepping aside, perhaps? -- and the baby goes bye-bye.
Along the way she sides with Tori, a Six, and an Eight who want the Cylons to abandon the fleet. They want to have a majority vote because it is "the Cylon way." Tori, Tyrol, and Ellen vote to get the heck out of dodge. Tigh and unconscious Anders want to stay with the fleet. Ellen gets bent out of shape when she realizes that Tigh's true love isn't Caprica and it isn't her imperilled pregnancy that's keeping him (she thinks this for a while because he forgot to tell her that little inconvenient fact before Tori spilled the beans). He wants to stay because of his Epic Bromance with the Admiral, who would have been the namesake for Tigh and Caprica's son. How this surprised Ellen after she bitched about it all the way through Season 2 is left unexplored.
After it's all done: the baby is dead, Caprica is laid up in the medical bay, and Tigh goes to the Admiral to confess that he was going to name the baby "Liam". They have a good cry and my mother called bullshit on this scene and the whole concept just because she doesn't buy into all this Guy Love crap. So your mileage may vary.
Oh. Right, Baltar also got a storyline, but it was boring and mostly pointless, but hey Baltar has a bastard. He takes shit from some character we've only seen once before who wants to run his little cult now, so we know how that's going to turn out. Baltar wins. Oh, and the Admiral lets him arm his cult. The only important part of the whole thing is that Head Six, the Angel, is back and advising him again.
Finally, at the very end we see that Anders' little brain monitor gets all jumpy, so presumably he will be back in the next episode.
Did I miss anything?
Posted by: Milesdei at February 27, 2009 03:42 PM (FS9ko)
Posted by: steevy at February 27, 2009 03:45 PM (OF4WB)
(this show is really, really gay)
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Posted by: BSG Oracle at February 27, 2009 04:12 PM (W3OwL)
If Starbuck has to be a woman, the least Apollo can do is grow some boobs to make him feel better. It's the right thing to do.
Posted by: estee at February 27, 2009 04:15 PM (xlYqZ)
Posted by: Fios at February 27, 2009 04:20 PM (SsMER)
How about some good old fashioned BSG violence? Shit, at least on the Soaps you get chicks wearing barely nothing.
Posted by: William Teach at February 27, 2009 04:20 PM (7yTel)
Posted by: David Mickelson at February 27, 2009 04:29 PM (pRxrH)
But not Cally, that bitch was annoying.
Posted by: mrcaniac at February 27, 2009 04:38 PM (Rbulg)
Posted by: shoey at February 27, 2009 04:39 PM (RxUMK)
Posted by: mrcaniac at February 27, 2009 04:45 PM (Rbulg)
I've never watched this show but the moobs pic was pretty funny.
Posted by: armybrat at February 27, 2009 04:46 PM (gKERI)
Posted by: EC at February 27, 2009 04:47 PM (iWj1i)
Odds are 2 of the remaining 4 episodes will kick butt.
Posted by: andros at February 27, 2009 04:48 PM (k39jK)
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Posted by: The Church Lady at February 27, 2009 05:22 PM (iafWn)
Klaatu barada niktu
Well... sorta. Look maybe I didn't say every single tiny little syllable, no.
But basically I said them, yeah.
Posted by: Entropy at February 27, 2009 05:35 PM (cok/k)
Funniest part to that show was Duchovny - he plays a cross-dressing Fox Mulder.
Posted by: A.G. at February 27, 2009 05:35 PM (JoIvi)
Dammit - one of the good things about BSG was having a Centurion or two stomping around kicking butt. What happened? Did some household appliance grievance group threaten a protest?
Cylons are doing cap and trade. Just doing their part to stop delay global universal warming climate change!
Posted by: mrcaniac at February 27, 2009 05:35 PM (Rbulg)
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Posted by: CoolCzech at February 27, 2009 05:45 PM (iafWn)
Hmm. 8 slathering goop. I'll be in my bunk...
Posted by: Anachronda at February 27, 2009 05:47 PM (xkzG7)
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Posted by: Silk at February 27, 2009 06:03 PM (kIz/p)
#28 - It's a little different now, although I don't watch it. Starbuck is a girl. Boomer is possibly a girl, too. Apollo is still a guy, as far as I know, and Pa Cartwright is the captain from Miami Vice. I'm not sure about Boxy and that little pet thing he had. Did I mention that Starbuck is a girl?
Posted by: estee at February 27, 2009 06:05 PM (xlYqZ)
re:41. vaseline is petroleum based.
so I guess the moral of the episode is: "dont trust deceitful bitches. even if they are hot."
Posted by: A.G. at February 27, 2009 06:12 PM (JoIvi)
Posted by: William Teach at February 27, 2009 06:13 PM (7yTel)
Posted by: William Teach at February 27, 2009 06:13 PM (7yTel)
Well, it didn't disappoint in that it was a disappointing episode. More out-of-character actions and a self-indulgent episode that sapped whatever momentum remained from two weeks ago.
I kind of bristled at Tyrol being treated like a lackey by the Prez, QuorumSix, and Adama. Dude's a Final Fiver, and they're acting like he's a nobody. Yet last week the entire Cylon Rebel Squad was ready to leave the fleet based on the votes of the Five. And Tyrol's character was way off tonight...actions were coming way out of left field and were inconsistent with what we know of the guy.
Oh, and how was Kara Thrace's Special Destiny expanded upon, other than via retcon (which is, frankly, how this entire damn show is wrapping up.)?
Posted by: John Tant at February 27, 2009 06:15 PM (9mGhH)
Posted by: Anachronda at February 27, 2009 06:15 PM (xkzG7)
Posted by: nutmegory at February 27, 2009 06:17 PM (2bYlb)
Creamed corn...you get into the creamed corn...it'd set a nice example for the other girls.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at February 27, 2009 06:32 PM (MlEgW)
Posted by: Snoop-Diggity-DANG-Dawg at February 27, 2009 06:42 PM (ysCm3)
My theory now is her father was a Daniel, the lost #7 "artist model". That makes her half-Toaster. Still doesn't explain her rebirth though.
Posted by: SGT Dan at February 27, 2009 06:49 PM (bzYZw)
LeVon: This is a box of puddin', Barry.
Barry: What does it say?
LeVon: It says "cook, and chill."
Barry: Aw yeah.
LeVon: and baby, that's what I do every night. I cook, and then I chill.
Posted by: Anonymous at February 27, 2009 07:07 PM (EtTEh)
Then along comes the bullshit. Are the Cylons REALLY the bad guys? Are humans really any better than them? Maybe we should just try to understand their motives and meet with them without preconditions! (jee, where have I heard that before?)
Bull. Thanks for taking what might have been a decent sci-fi and turning it into a human-hatefest. Fuck it, I'll be watching Firefly.
Posted by: Revvy at February 27, 2009 07:25 PM (j82G4)
Posted by: Muskwa at February 27, 2009 08:50 PM (MUWdy)
Well, they did introduce the bit about her father and the connection to the song. But that still doesn't raise the total amount of content in the show over 10-15 minutes.
I wonder if the whole cycle thing is going to play out with the Starbuck father figure having the relationship to the Earth-born final-5 "Cylons" as they do to the Colonies' skinjobs. That's the only way I can see it being resolved in the remaining episodes if they keep up this pace.
Posted by: Anonymous at February 27, 2009 09:32 PM (EtTEh)
Posted by: Anachronda at February 27, 2009 09:41 PM (xkzG7)
Except... the show kept getting dumber, and dumber, and dumber...
It's like they built this great series, and then decided to piss it down their legs. I just don't get it.
Posted by: Merovign at February 27, 2009 09:50 PM (or0jG)
Posted by: starkid at February 27, 2009 10:27 PM (539lF)
"Did I miss anything?"
Do you really want to go there?
Posted by: Jess at February 28, 2009 01:51 AM (kRVIg)
Posted by: Ann NY at February 28, 2009 04:05 AM (n82VB)
Maybe, by saying we're all Cylons, what they're trying to say is that we're all special, that we all have a special destiny. Whether it's helping children or just making the world a better place, maybe we all have that special song playing in our head, the one that makes us happy and sad at the same time, but mostly happy, and we can share that music with the universe.
Because the universe is a song, and each one of us sings a bit of the harmony.
Posted by: FireHorse at February 28, 2009 04:17 AM (5KNeJ)
But that still doesn't raise the total amount of content in the show over 10-15 minutes.
I'd give it about 4.5 minutes of content. First minute was a nice twist, since I'd assumed it was Adama who was going to try Boomer for treason.
Then we needed a minute or two to get Starbuck and the Finals to start figuring out who Starbuck's dad was. (The piano guy is being very fatherly to Starbuck. Just cause she obviously needs it and it helps the flashbacks?) Wow, the name on the tape starts with D but isn't acutally Daniel. Sneaky, eh?
Then there was another minute of Boomer roping in the Chief. Another minute for her to snatch Hera--remember Hera is important again!
Did I miss anything?
Oh, yeh. If Boomer could find the fleet, Cavil knows where the fleet is.
For the fourth-to-the-last episode, I couldn't figure out why they spent the whole time not moving the story much.
They just have taken too much time with the show. If they had done 4 seasons in 4 years, they wouldn't have had the time to get so "clever". The half-season idea was bad the strike didn't help. They know that if you're still watching now, you want to see how it ends, so they can stretch a 2 hour finale into this whole half season.
I miss the feature on my old DVR where I could fast forward and still see the closed captioning.
Posted by: MamaAJ at February 28, 2009 04:20 AM (X6Zdh)
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Posted by: Fios at February 28, 2009 04:28 AM (SsMER)
Posted by: Anonymous at February 28, 2009 04:42 AM (EtTEh)
So BG is something like this:
"I'd like to build the world a home and Furnish it with love, Grow apple trees & honey bees & snow white turtle doves..."
Let's see: have my sack tied down while hoboes sweating val-u-rite perform a drunken rendition of the "Safety Dance" video on it...
Hmm. Tough choice there.
Posted by: Jess at February 28, 2009 05:03 AM (kRVIg)
Well geez, Jess, at least the first option you mentioned is at least an option for you; be grateful for that.
But it kind of sucks that those are your only two choices on how to spend your Friday nights. I won't envy you come April.
Posted by: FireHorse at February 28, 2009 05:46 AM (5KNeJ)
Sure looks like Boomer likes the high hard one, eh?
Honestly, the character of the Chief is the biggest dupe and lackey on the show. His only storyline role is to get played or betrayed by various women.
Posted by: Trump at February 28, 2009 06:41 AM (hK2Ya)
Posted by: Ktnxbai at February 28, 2009 07:12 AM (MU8FI)
Story of my fucking life.
Posted by: Ktnxbai at February 28, 2009 07:20 AM (MU8FI)
"but hey Baltar has a bastard."
Baltar only thought it was named after him and he was named for his father coincidentally named gaius. there was never any paternity hinted at.
baltar's storyline has been uninteresting for a very long time. they should have killed him off.
I feel like the writers already have their paycheck for this season and when they're not out spending on whatever they please, they show up for 5 minutes and hash out the script for each show (or perhaps the whole season.)
looking to be a weak finish.
Posted by: heinricho at February 28, 2009 10:51 AM (wBNH7)
Posted by: Newsweek Editor at February 28, 2009 03:56 PM (iafWn)
I think there's some significance to this wrt the other "final cylon" that what's-her-face said he was married to, which happens to be the one who killed the other chick. They're all assholes, though, so it ought to be satisfying when they betray each other.
Posted by: Anonymous at February 28, 2009 06:41 PM (EtTEh)
Posted by: Anonymous at March 01, 2009 03:00 AM (EtTEh)
It's on Friday nights? Hm. Who knew?
'splains the vast viewership.
Posted by: Jess at March 01, 2009 03:08 AM (kRVIg)
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Posted by: remy hair at March 01, 2009 04:55 PM (poHFL)
It appears they recap the previous episode as a foundation for discussion about the current one. Or something. Yes, it confuses the shit out of me, too.
Posted by: Anonymous at March 01, 2009 07:44 PM (EtTEh)
Yeah, but Big O was actually entertaining and managed to tell (most) of its story in 13 episodes instead of making shit up over four seasons.
Posted by: fiatboomer at March 02, 2009 07:23 PM (lOfbh)
1) Boomer. Nasty, manipulative bitch. Stupid Asian face with horrible expressions, basically ugly all the time, probably has a gray vag. She needs to be killed again (probably by Tory so she meets the qualifications to date the chief again), and I'm looking damn forward to seeing it. Look, let me reiterate. This bitch is ugly whenever she is making any sort of facial expression and her sex-face is probably the worst.
2) Cally. Unbearable bitch. Chief described her best when he was talking to Adm. Adama in the bar after she got spit out the airlock (I was hoping she'd die the first time that happened). Uglier than even Boomer, possibly the ugliest woman under 40 in this series. Lied about the baby. Wish we'd get to see Chief beat the snot out of her again.
3) Tory. Once dated the Chief, so obviously she's a retarded bitch. This time though, she's actually somewhat attractive and they're bound to hook up before this series is over. I've got the feeling every girlfriend Chief has has killed his ex. Anyway, she's consistently proven to be a two-timing Cylon bitch who goes against the grain on every plan the Five come up with. She too will dick him over.
Who is his baby's real father, BTW? I missed that last 15 minutes of that episode.
Also, this episode was decent (the piano thing was AWESOME) and Tigh is still the baddest motha in the fleet. Only thing is now Helo is the straightest since Ellen basically told everyone he was gay for Adama. But he still has the most badass expressions, voice, and one-liners.
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