Monday, January 26, 2009

Battlestar Galactica - Recap & Review - A Disquiet Follows My Soul

Battlestar Galactica
A Disquiet Follows My Soul

Original Air Date: 23 Jan 2009

Brittany –TwoCents Reviewer

Battlestar Galactica
wrapped up its second episode of the season, leaving us with eight weeks to go before the finale. Here are the top five things you need to know from the most recent episode.

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  1. Battlestar Galactica wrapped up its second episode of the season, leaving us with eight weeks to go before the finale. Here are the top five things you need to know from the most recent episode.

    Number one: Caprica Six isn’t just pregnant; she’s pregnant with the savior of the Cylon race. She explains to Tigh that the Cylons can live on without the Resurrection Hub now that they know procreation is possible. While Cottle seems to take all of this in stride during an ultra sound, Ishay seems to have a problem processing the knowledge that the Cylons might get to keep living after all.

    Number two: Gaeta has a really big problem with the Cylons in the fleet being treated just like everyone else. He dislikes seeing them getting medical attention, and he really doesn’t like Chief’s idea to use the Cylon’s FTL drives in civilian vessels. After confronting Starbuck and trading insults with her, he gathers a band of people together to start a revolt; to stand up to Admiral Adama and tell him that they will not stand for any kind of alliance between Cylons and humans.

    Number three: Tom Zarek also seems to have a problem with cooperating with the Cylons. During a Quorum meeting, he preaches their dishonesty and everyone but Lee votes to give each civilian ship the choice to let Cylons board their ships to install FTLs or not. When the Cylons try to install new FTL drives on the tyllium ship, Zarek (over loud speaker on Galatica, unbeknownst to him) instructs the fuel ship to jump away if it will make the crew feel more secure. The ship does just that. After ordering the arrest of Vice President Zarek, Bill visits him in the brig and by ‘appealing to his intellect’ gets the coordinates for the ship. All of the action has thrown Gaeta into a tailspin, and he goes to visit Zarek in the brig. Not even the slightest bit reluctant, Gaeta falls into an alliance with Zarek, promising that he has more men willing to fight for the cause and show Adama that things can’t keep going the same way forever.

    Number four: There aren’t as many hybrid children as we thought. Chief takes Nicky to sick bay because he’s urinating blood. Cottle gives the prognosis that the little boy may need a kidney transplant, and Chief offers to start donating blood. Ishay demands that Cottle tell Chief the truth, and after taking Chief somewhere private, he tells him that he is not Nicky’s father. Cally was never sure who the father was until she had a blood test done shortly before her death. Chief leaves to go listen to one of Baltar’s speeches and spies Hotdog there. The poor pilot had no idea he was the father until Cottle told him, but Chief won’t hear any of it. He fights the other man until they’re broken up, and eventually they make their way to sick bay together. Hotdog gets first shift to watch over the little boy and Chief leaves to go drown his sorrows.

    Number five: Laura has decided to throw in the towel. After staring at all the medication she has to take every single day, she throws it all away and gives a satisfied smile at knowing she’s no longer bound by the medicine. Wearing Galactica issue sweats, she meets with the Admiral briefly as she exercises in her quarters. He tells her that she needs to address the Quorum and after hesitating, she tells him that she just needs a little more time. Softly, Adama tells her that the fleet still needs her, even if she is tired. Later, she’s jogging through the corridors of the old ship and almost runs right into Adama. He calls her out, knowing she’s not taking her medication because she’s not supposed to feel (and look) this good while on Diloxin. In a moment of brutal honesty, she tells him she’s done what she was supposed to. When he protests her want to tenure her resignation, she finally stops to explain that she was the dying leader ‘blah, blah frakking blah blah’, and she deserves to live the rest of her life in peace. He agrees, and after a quick peck on the lips, she’s off and jogging again. Later that evening, after a phone call from Tigh to learn the tyllium ship is back with the fleet, a naked Admiral and a naked President are wrapped up together in bed.

    While this episode certainly wasn’t that strong plot wise, it did have some incredible acting by both Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell. And shippers everywhere rejoiced (including me) to finally get visual confirmation of how deep Adama and Laura’s relationship runs. Aside from that though, I wasn’t shaking with all of the revelations. I’m not a fan of Gaeta; I never really have been and as someone who has been on the fence it seems since New Caprica, I’m wary of where all this is heading. I did enjoy Starbuck’s barbs at his expense though: “Is this how you get your kicks these days? Oh, I’m sorry. I meant half kicks.” What did you think? How do you feel about Zarek, and why oh why can’t Lee be President again? Email me your thoughts, or leave your Two Cents in the comments below!

  2. Have you seen the webisodes "The Face of the Enemy" with Gaeta? I think they are very important to watch to understand his pure and unadulterated loathing of the cylons... dude is fracked up, but I totally understand why he's going all Mutiny on the Bounty.

    And I saw the Cally thing coming... I mean, everyone is freaking out about Hera, dreaming about her and all, but Chief's kid? Nothing. I knew there had to be an explanation for that, so there you go.

    And Saul and Six?... eww.


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