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Monday, November 06, 2006
TV Round-Up: Battlestar Galactica
Torn
With "Torn" the next story arc begins for Battlestar Galactica. Having escaped from New Caprica and dealt with some of the after effects of that last week, we can now move forward to the next crisis--the Cylon virus.

I have a feeling we're coming to a crisis in the Cylon empire. We've had mention of the difficulty related to downloading a few weeks ago and now we've got the virus. Throw in the conversation Baltar has with Six wondering where these other five clone-model Cylons are and we've got some intriguing ways the storylines could go. I refuse to speculate too much on where it might all go because I want to just sit back and enjoy the ride. That said, I'm fascinated by this and love how Ronald Moore and company are structure this season. It's also interesting that the new Battlestar is told in shades of gray, to the point that we feel some sympathy for the Cylons. Contrast that with the original show in which we might have cheered had the crew found a way to utterly destroy the Cylons, such as we see here.

So, now the Cylons can't download becuase the virus will be carried back to the bigger fleet. It makes me wonder just where this virus came from--did the humans create it or did the Cylons accidentally engineer it? Also, I have to wonder if this was some marker to find Earth, was that some type of Cylon defense system? If they pick it up, they get infected and won't be able to find Earth. And why are the Cylons so interested in Earth?

The one thing I will say about the show is I'm not sure how much time passed between the end of "Collaborators" and the start of what we got here.

Meanwhile, over in the fleet, the differences are still apparent. The crews still feel this gap between those who remained in the fleet and those on New Caprica. This is not helped by the tag-team duo of Starbuck and Tigh, who sit below decks, running down the command structure. Now if you'd told me in the mini-series that three years in, Tigh and Starbuck would be on the same side about anything, I would never have believed you. In the overall New Caprica storyline, both characters paid a high price and neither is dealing with it well. Both are bitter and withdrawn from the society, at least until Adama steps in. The scene with the gun as he tells them to just go ahead and shoot him was nice. And it was interesting that it possibly served as a wake-up call for Starbuck while it's sent Tigh further down a spiral. And he may not get out of it...which could be interesting.

I do have to wonder if part the Cylons not attacking at this point is to sew these seeds. Do they know that without the external threat attacking that humanity will turn on itself along such lines? And is that part of their overall plan? Or perhaps there is another Cylon in the fleet pushing these things along in an attempt to make sure the Cylons reach Earth first.

Of course, this is only the first of two parts, so next week should provide us with some answers.

And, oh yeah, you can never go wrong with an episode that starts off with Six in a red bikini..that's all I'm saying.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 11/06/2006 01:01:00 PM | |
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