Battlestar Galactica: Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down
As much as part of me wants to say--not a lot really happened in this episode, I will admit that I enjoyed the chance to slow down and get inside the minds of the characters and explore where they all are in relation to one another. I have this strange feeling that we're going to find out in the coming weeks there was a lot more happening here than met the eye--such as the wounded Cylon raider that kept buzzing the fleet and Tigh's wife Ellen.
Interesting that the show takes Tigh, who until now we've seen as a relative hard-ass and shows us why he's a hard-ass. There was no attempt to humanize him, to make him more warm and fuzzy in the course of the hour. Instead, we're given a bit of insight into his character--why he drinks, why he's so hard on himself and others. I think it's because as XO is the only time he actually has any kind of authority or power. Certainly we see that Tigh's homelife ain't all that great since apparently his beloved wife, Ellen, has had relations with half the fleet. So, no wonder Tigh is so highly strung and tightly wound around the troops--wondering if your wife hooked up with the troops would kind of do that to you. I loved watching Tigh run the gamut in the course of the episode from being happy to see here, to the ambrosia drinking scenes to the dinner party and then the non-argument arguement the two have about Ellen's behavoir. I think part of the reason Tigh is so tightly-strung is he has to be to counteract the view of his wife and how that reflects on him with those under his command. And, I liked seeing Adama's admission that he liked Tigh more without Ellen around and that Adama needed Tigh to be the XO he's been over the course of the series.
All of this is really great stuff.
Of course, the frustrating thing about this episode it left a lot of questions unanswered--such as is Roslin now convinced that Adama is not a Cylon? I think she may be, but I hope we get a line or two where Baltar gives her the results of the test in the next one, if that is where we go with this. Of course, it's not as if Baltar's telling you the results is going to be gospel truth anyway. Which is my other frustration. The episode leads us down a path of suspecting that Ellen Tigh is a Cylon agent. But in the end, Baltar says she's not. Then Six shows up and says that no one will ever know but Baltar and he's not telling. So, is Ellen part of the Cylon's plan? And would it not be interesting if she's been brought in as a divisive point to break up the upper command structure. She distracts Tigh, she comes onto Adama and she sews seeds of mistrust between Tigh and Adama at dinner. She's a female version of Leobon. She's sewing distrust between the highest levels of power and that could benefit the Cylons later on.
So many unanswered questions.
Also left out there was--what is the long-term signficance of the injured Raider. It's near the fleet for so long and our heroes treat it as if it's a boon of information. But were our heroes getting played as well? Was the Raider also collecting data on them for the Cylons to use later? Also, I have to think that Boomer is falling for Helo and this situation will not end well. Will this be how our heroes discover that Boomer is a Cylon?
Only time will tell, I suppose.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 3/07/2005 11:24:00 AM