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Monday, September 12, 2005
TV Round-Up: Battlestar Galactica
"Final Cut"
Having wrapped up most of the major plots of season one two weeks ago in "Home", when can finally turn out attention to getting season two up and running this week with "Final Cut." It's not that "Home" necessarily ended every subplot of season one, but it did conclude most of the major arcs begun there and forced some new ones to the front. And this week with "Final Cut" we get some glimpses of just where season two might take us (assuming you've been living in a cave and don't know what's coming in two weeks....which I won't ruin here.)

Now, Babylon Five did this type of let's embed a journalist/outsider among the regulars and crew and see the familiar characters as the outside world might see them in two stories during its run. One of them produced a piece that was complimentary of the station and it crew and there was another where Sheridan and company are blind-sided when the story is told through the filter of his then emerging relationship with Delenn and what does that mean about him as a leader and a person? It's interesting that both angles are used here--the Galactica crew is pretty distrustful of Lucy Lawless's journalist character and try to keep her at arm's length. Also, we find that she has an agneda of her own--to investigage the "massacre" that took place under Tigh's watch. (One nitpick: Were there cameras at the scene with the marines boarded?)

I have to admit, going in to this one, I was wondering just how they'd match the intensity and edge-of-your-seat nature we got in "Home, Part 2." And the answer is--we're not going to really try and match it. Instead, we're going to tell a different kind of story that will be equally as intriguing. It's one that focused on characters, continued some of the subplots from season one (interestingly enough, it asks the hard question of why is Tigh second in command and is Adama's loyalty to him going to cost Adama at some point?) and it starts to push things foward into season two. And I will admit I never saw the twist of the end coming--that Lucy Lawless turns out to be a Cylon. So, that's one more of the eight Cylons in the fleet and it's a pretty nice twist. How better to spread propogranda and sew seeds of insurrection or splinter the fleet than by having a Cylon as part of the media? Though it did make me wonder--was the entire purpose of this mission not to show the daily workings of Galactica so much as to find out if Sharon were still alive and still pregnant as they saw there? I have to admit that final scene was very, very cool.

I also liked the little touch of the musical cues during the news story being musical cues from the original show.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/12/2005 09:37:00 AM | |
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