August 19, 2022
Battlestar Galactica: Our Prolonged Recap of “Revelations” [See that scroll bar over there? See how

Battlestar Galactica: Our Prolonged Recap of “Revelations”

[See that scroll bar over there? See how long it is? Yeah, this baby’s a long one. You’ve been warned!]

The stage was set – the temper across the Frak Celebration this previous Friday eve was of a palpable, barely suppressed jubilee. You would possibly assume it was the single-malt whiskey being handed round (because of all of RDM’s podcast strategies), however our pleasure was not one you might discover in a bottle. Having been witness to season-ending plot-twists the likes of which had us leaping up, clutching our heads, and yelling, “Holy Frak!” – we may solely stand round and guess at what Ron Moore and firm had in retailer for us this go spherical, particularly with the collection ender looming within the far-distance.

However you might guess, between the sips of whiskey and the chain drags of the Baltar-sized cigars, that we had smiles on our faces as we analyzed each plot strand and questioned on the destiny of our favourite characters on tv. The crystal-clear evening underneath the celebs, with the BSG soundtrack blaring within the background, appeared ripe for grand revelations certainly.

And boy did our beloved writers, actors, and administrators ever ship on the guarantees that had been growing over the course of the season – and the collection!

Journey with me on an in-depth overview of this good episode, and possibly, simply possibly, we are able to push again the look forward to episode 10 (formally #12) just a bit bit longer.

(All through the recap we’ll be linking to the Battlestar Wiki, an unbelievable repository of factual details about the present. Do your self a favor and immerse your self within the rabbit gap that wiki leads you down. We’ll additionally reference our personal earlier recaps to refresh your reminiscence on key factors.)


The lights dim, everybody takes their locations within the room, and in his finest Admiral Adama impersonation our host yells “No person higher say a frakking phrase for the subsequent hour!” which elicits a chuckle from the group.

Then the acquainted stuttered keyboard strands of the BSG intro blare from the stereo – “bum – bum, bum, bum – bum, bum – bum, bum, bum,” and a hush instantly settles over the basement leisure room.

Within the official recap, the producers pepper us with key moments that arrange the brilliance of this episode: Tyrol and crew marvel at Starbuck’s mint situation Viper after her return; Roslin, having made her method to the insurgent Cylon base ship, orders the hybrid to be plugged in, which instantly jumps them from the fleet; Zarek informs the Quorum that Roslin and Baltar have been aboard the Cylon ship that jumped away; Lee questions his father’s plan to attend behind for Roslin, as we see Invoice drift in house alone aboard a Raptor as a result of “…[he] can’t dwell with out her”; Helo and Sharon escape The Hub with D’Anna and order the nukes to fly, which destroy The Hub in a fiery explosion; Roslin informs D’Anna that she is aware of the Ultimate 5 are presupposed to understand how to Earth, and D’Anna states that she has to guard herself and won’t reveal the Ultimate 5 till Roslin takes her again to the fleet; Invoice Adama is studying “The Searider Falcon” when the insurgent ship jumps again to the rendezvous level, and Roslin and Adama are reunited in a teary union born of the revelation of the love they’ve for each other.


Because the episode begins, Lee is in his father’s quarters, flipping by means of the Sacred Scrolls (particularly, the Guide of Pythia). He stops on a 2-page illustration of an historic metropolis, but it surely’s not till Starbuck walks in that we study what Lee is – The Temple of Aurora. Lee remarks that Pythia, the traditional oracle, says in her writings that the temple is on Earth, however he doesn’t look too sure about it. Starbuck reassures Lee that they’ll get there and stroll the halls collectively, however Lee remains to be unsure that they’ll ever get there.

You’ll keep in mind that the Aurora reference holds particular significance to Starbuck. Throughout “Maelstrom,” she picks up the Aurora figurine for the primary time when she visits the native oracle, who tells her to maintain it till she figures out who it must be given to. Earlier than the ultimate flight that results in her dying, she provides it to Admiral Adama, somebody producer Ron Moore has all the time stated is a father determine to Starbuck. Adama locations Aurora on his mannequin ship as a figurehead when he learns of Starbuck’s dying. Given different prophecies of Starbuck’s future because the one that can lead the people to their finish, solely time will inform if Starbuck is a literal or figurative illustration of Aurora, presumably one of many Lords of Kobol, because the Galactica’s figurehead main them towards Earth.

Starbuck shortly adjustments the topic away from Lee’s doubt, remarking on the strangeness of Roslin and Adama not being current. Lee says that nobody sits in his father’s chair; in reality, Tigh received’t even have a look at it. As we pan to the empty chair, Lee says that the scariest factor his mother used to inform him was that his father was ready for him within the research. He would knock on the door and make the lengthy stroll throughout the room to the precise desk that now sits within the Admiral’s Galactica chambers.

Starbuck, oddly sufficient, brings up a quote that Leoben as soon as stated to her whereas she was in captivity on New Caprica – “Youngsters are born to interchange their mother and father. For kids to succeed in their full potential their mother and father should die.” This foreshadowing makes later scenes of the Admiral’s break-down all of the extra harrowing.

On the insurgent Cylon base ship, Leoben informs Roslin and the others that they may rejoin the fleet in lower than an hour. Roslin states that she’ll return the Ultimate 5 to the Cylons, however D’Anna cuts her off by telling her that there are solely 4 on the human fleet! Wait, what? Is D’Anna enjoying some type of recreation right here, based mostly on her information of seeing the ultimate 5? Or is she talking the reality? If she is talking the reality, the place is the fifth Cylon? Are they on the Cylon base ship? Presently, Roslin, Adama, Helo, Baltar, and the Galactica pilots and crew are the one supposed people aboard the Cylon base ship. Or is the fifth Cylon some other place that we haven’t considered? At this level, whereas we’re definitely enthusiastic about who the fifth is, the finale of this episode put that curiosity on the back-burner. Extra on that later.

Roslin asks the place the fifth is positioned, however D’Anna remains to be holding her playing cards tight to her chest. She reiterates that she needs the 4 Cylons aboard the human fleet. Adama states that it’d be simpler if she would simply inform them who the 4 are, however D’Anna dismisses the likelihood for the reason that people may simply flip round and kill the 4. Roslin tries to assuage D’Anna’s paranoia by reminding her that the people want the 4 since they understand how to Earth, and Leoben agrees. He tries to coax D’Anna into cooperation, however the reborn D’Anna remembers all too nicely what occurred once they cooperated on New Caprica (though, to me, that time is debatable). She declares that the people aboard the bottom ship are to be held hostage till the 4 are safely aboard the ship, motioning to the Centurions to carry them at gun-point. Helo and the marines leap to motion, pointing their weapons at D’Anna and the opposite Cylons. Adama even attracts his pistol and factors it straight at her face. Lately, pointing a gun at a Cylon is an precise risk now that The Hub is gone, however D’Anna doesn’t appear to be too involved. Roslin finally intercedes and asks Adama to belief her and order a stand down. Adama complies reluctantly.

D’Anna, clearly in management, informs them that 8 has had a Raptor ready for departure for once they arrive on the rendezvous level, and that Adama can be going alongside for the journey. Adama, reluctant to go away Roslin, at first refuses, however when Roslin hugs him she whispers in his ear that if the Cylons get the 4 they get Earth, so if that occurs he should destroy the Cylon base ship, even with all of them on board.

Again on Galactica, we witness the fallout of Gaeta being again in CIC together with his amputated leg, making an attempt to helm his previous place. He doesn’t look so good, and when he by chance knocks his ache capsules off the console, he has such a tough time recovering them that Dualla retrieves the capsules for him. Tigh, nonetheless appearing Admiral of the Galactica, asks Gaeta if he needs to be relieved, however Gaeta says that he’s “good to go” and turns awkwardly again to his radar – when the CIC warning bells go off! We’ve received Dradis contact! It’s, in fact, the Cylon base ship and a Raptor, bearing for the Galactica.

When the Raptor lands within the Galactica hangar bay, a squadron of marines and officers greet the ship’s touchdown. The Sleeper 4 are in attendance, absolutely wanting to learn how D’Anna’s arrival goes to play out. Tigh and Tory are down on the hangar flooring as a part of the official delegate, whereas Anders and Tyrol watch from the balcony. Anders whispers, “Perhaps she received’t have the ability to determine us,” however Tyrol simply stares at him like it’s an unlikely state of affairs.

Lee embraces his father as Adama and D’Anna exit the Raptor, welcoming him residence. D’Anna stares at Tigh with a realizing smirk, then at Tory, after which presumably at Tyrol and Anders who’re off display screen. She stands earlier than the BSG crew with an 8 and informs Lee that Roslin and the others are alive and nicely. Attempting to wrestle some management again from D’Anna, Adama tells Lee that she needs the 4 Cylons which might be on the fleet and can maintain the people hostage till she will get them.

D’Anna tells Lee that they really don’t have to do something – she’s already involved with them, so BSG simply wants to remain out of the best way. D’Anna, clearly laying not-so-subtle orders for the Sleeper 4 within the room, states that now that the 4 know they’re protected that they need to discover their very own means over to the bottom ship. She requests that Galactica doesn’t intervene with any shuttle site visitors within the fleet.

Lee balks – that may give the Cylons the 4 who understand how to Earth, leaving the people behind, however D’Anna says that it’s as much as the 4. Lee concedes, Adama agrees, and D’Anna prepares to depart and await the return of the 4 on the bottom ship.

At this second Tory makes presumably the neatest transfer she has made all collection. She approaches Lee and tells him that Roslin wants her drugs and Tory needs to be the one which takes it to her. Tigh, realizing that certainly one of his Cylon conspirators is about to leap ship, tries to cease her by telling Invoice Adama that they will’t give the Cylons any extra hostages. Although Lee agrees, Adama says that one other hostage is just not going to vary the equation (and, he little doubt needs Roslin to get her drugs), so he permits Tory to go away. The opposite Sleeper 4 look on in shock.

Again in Adama’s quarters, Lee, Starbuck, Tigh, and Invoice plot future plans. Lee’s subsequent step is to have Starbuck put collectively a mission to get Roslin and firm again by pressure. Adama lets them in on Roslin’s final request, that if they will’t cease the Sleeper 4 from reaching the bottom ship she needs it destroyed, however he leaves the choice in Lee’s arms since he’s appearing President. Lee watches his father put the Admiral pips again on his uniform, after which agrees with Roslin that in the event that they lose these 4 they lose Earth. If every thing goes south, he’ll destroy the bottom ship and everybody on it. The digicam closes on Tigh, who is clearly distraught over the turmoil he’s feeling inside.

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I’d prefer to pause for a second right here and level out the magnificence of director Michael Rymer, whose deft digicam work throughout D’Anna’s unstated communication with the Sleeper 4, with fast photographs to the assorted Sleeper 4 so as to add emotional resonance to the scene. Rymer’s work is all the time exemplary on BSG, and his expert hand is quickly obvious throughout this whole completely sculpted episode.

After we return to Galactica, BSG Sharon Agathon is within the state of affairs room briefing Lee, Admiral Adama, Tigh, Starbuck, and Dualla on the prisoner state of affairs aboard the Cylon base ship. Since D’Anna will most likely have surmised that BSG Sharon has knowledgeable the Galactica of the prisoner maintain, Sharon means that D’Anna could have moved the prisoners, which might imply a compartment by compartment struggle. Lee cautions that the Cylons may open fireplace on the civilian fleet whereas they’re boarding, and Tigh finishes the thought that they’d wipe out the human race immediately. When Starbuck states that’s why the Raptors must be on standby, able to launch nukes, Tigh says that there must be different choices, to which Starbuck sarcastically replies that the 4 may simply give themselves up. Little does she know that she’s planted that seed within the head of the one Cylon within the room, Colonel Tigh.

Arriving on the insurgent base ship, Tory is led by means of the hallways, and she or he doesn’t but look snug in her environment. Once they get to the Cylon bridge, D’Anna proclaims that certainly one of their misplaced siblings has arrived, ushering Tory into the room. What’s intriguing is that the Twos, Sixes, and Eights that greet her don’t even sense whether or not Tory is without doubt one of the last 5 or not. Leoben even asks D’Anna if she is without doubt one of the Ultimate 5. D’Anna says that she noticed Tory in her imaginative and prescient of the 5 (the faces of which we by no means noticed). Tory smiles uncertainly. Are Tory and the others really Cylons, really a part of the Ultimate 5? Are they not acknowledged as a result of they’re completely different than the others? We’ve seen a captive #6 on Galactica sense the ultimate 5 on board the fleet, so why do the Cylons on the insurgent ship (which embrace 6’s) not instantly, completely know that Tory is without doubt one of the 5? Once more, solely time will inform.

In one other a part of the bottom ship, Roslin is dressing Baltar’s wound. Baltar feels compelled to thank Roslin for not murdering him. He is aware of that it wasn’t a straightforward determination to make, however he loves dwelling and needs to thank her for saving his life. After a second the place Roslin seems to be genuinely apologetic, she explains that his thanks may be misguided since she has ordered Adama to explode the bottom ship ought to D’Anna not again down. Baltar seems to be incredulous, and is about to follow-up, however is interrupted by Tory’s escort into the room.

Whilst she is puzzled over Tory’s look, you may inform that Roslin is relieved to see her on the identical time, which makes the approaching moments such a stab to the guts. After telling Roslin to sit down down, she provides Roslin her remedy. When Roslin inquires how she introduced this about, Tory informs her that she got here again with D’Anna – to be along with her folks! Amazingly sufficient, Baltar instantly pegs her as one of many Ultimate 5, and a #6 confirms that D’Anna noticed it in a imaginative and prescient (discover once more that the 6 doesn’t say she is aware of it herself, however is counting on D’Anna’s imaginative and prescient).

Baltar says he knew it, possibly not on a acutely aware degree, however he all the time knew there was one thing odd about Tory. As Roslin seems to be on with shock nonetheless etched on her face, Tory asks her if she ever knew. Roslin confirms that she had no clue, to which Tory replies, “It may be value pondering what else you’ve been flawed about.” Ooh, I simply need to poke her within the eye!

As Tory is strolling out, Roslin shortly gathers her wits about her and admits that it’s true, she was flawed, and since Tory is certainly one of many Ultimate 5, and for the reason that different Cylons will hearken to the Ultimate 5 she asks Tory to persuade D’Anna to launch all of the hostages. Tory quips, “I’m completed taking orders from you.” Ouch!

Within the vacuum of house, we see a humanoid determine being tossed out of the Cylon base ship’s airlock. On the Galactica intercom, D’Anna informs Lee that there was a change of plans – she has simply executed the primary of the Colonial hostages, and one other will observe each hour till the opposite Cylons come residence. Tigh is visibly distressed by the information, and I believe that is the precise cause for D’Anna’s gambit, against what she is telling Lee – she is aware of that the Sleeper 4 may have emotions for the folks aboard the human fleet, so by executing hostages she is making an attempt to pressure their hand and make them lastly head again to the bottom ship (particularly after she witnessed Tigh try to cease Tory). That is why she terminates the transmission, at the same time as Lee is pleading that they’ve been cooperating. Having no different selection, he provides Admiral Adama the go-ahead for the rescue mission, and failing that, destroy the bottom ship.

Down within the Galactica hangar, the pilots urgently prepared their Vipers for the mission. Tyrol, for the primary time since that mind-frakking Season 3 finale, hears the excitement and distorted hum of the music that triggered his revelation as a Cylon. Within the pilot ready-room, as Starbuck and BSG Sharon temporary the pilots on the mission, Anders is assaulted by the identical buzzing in his head. In CIC, Tigh hears the sound as nicely, and aboard the Cylon base ship Tory practically faints from the impact the sound has on her thoughts.

Later, the Sleeper 3 meet at Starbuck’s pristine Viper, not sure of why they’ve all been summoned there. Tyrol senses that one thing has modified, however he doesn’t know what it’s. Anders means that Starbuck would possibly have the ability to assist. Tigh tells him to speak to her, however accomplish that shortly as a result of loads of good individuals are about to die. He marches resolutely away from the hangar.

As Tigh walks by means of Galactica’s corridors, we are able to inform he’s transferring with a objective. He results in Adama’s quarters, instantly telling Invoice to clean the mission. Adama, curious as to why Tigh is away from CIC, questions his presence. Tigh goes on to say that the Cylons will kill each hostage earlier than they will even step foot aboard the bottom ship. He is aware of that Laura Roslin would be the subsequent to die. Adama turns off the comm and says that he’s open for choices.

And right here we go – the outing of Saul Tigh, by some means devoted to the top, Cylon nature be damned. With all he has been by means of – the drunkenness, the lack of his eye, killing his spouse (which has stayed with him since), the invention that he’s a Cylon and what impact that can have on his long-time friendship with Adama – is it any marvel he presents himself up as a hostage and a possible dying sentence? Right here is Tigh’s probability for launch from all his ache. There is no such thing as a resurrection from dying anymore. His final nice act may be to save lots of the trail to Earth for his long-time comrades.

This scene, which we’ve been dreading all season lengthy, is as painful as we’d feared. Tigh reveals that he’s been activated and is without doubt one of the 5, and Adama reacts precisely like we the viewers did the primary time we discovered that Tigh was a Cylon – how the frak may Adama’s pal of 30 years be a Cylon? Adama, in reality, makes a superb level – when he met Tigh the person had hair. He’s by no means heard of a Cylon growing old earlier than.

Tigh, nonetheless, insists that the actual fact doesn’t imply they don’t exist. Earlier than the assault on the colonies they didn’t even know that the skin-jobs existed. As this sinks in, Adama is clearly unraveling. Tears threaten to spill. With extra hope than certainty he tells Tigh that whereas in captivity the Cylons will need to have completed one thing to him, like an implant or post-hypnotic suggestion. He’s able to take Tigh to see Doc Cottle.

Tigh grabs Adama and makes him hear, forcefully stating once more that he’s a Cylon and has fooled Invoice for months. He didn’t need to however he did. Adama tells Tigh to get his arms off him.

Tigh continues on, now daring in his declarations. He tells Adama that if he’d had the heart to airlock himself when he first came upon they wouldn’t be on this mess, however that’s the best way out not this suicidal assault. With the elation of launch he declares once more that he is without doubt one of the Ultimate 5, and that D’Anna will again down if Adama threatens to flush Tigh out of an airlock. Adama – tears, anger, and confusion in his eyes – is shocked into silence.

In some of the heart-wrenching, hard-to-watch, but unbelievable scenes, Tigh is escorted away from Adama’s chambers by marines, angst riddling his options. Adama, alone in his room, doesn’t know the right way to set free the horrible vary of feelings which have been bottling up inside, so he lets out a primal yell that raised the hair on my arms. Anger rises up as he destroys the contents of his desktop, grimaces at himself within the mirror, and resorts to consuming straight from the bottle – by no means a superb signal for our beloved Admiral. However are you able to blame him? Seething anger lashes out once more as he punches his mirror, leaving streaks of blood on the glass. In the meantime, Tigh is taken straight to the airlock the place he’s watched at gunpoint.

Lee finds his father within the toilet in a ruined state, utterly drunk, mendacity on the ground. He cradles his father in his arms as Invoice completely melts down into heavy sobs. It’s stated {that a} man is not going to cry till he’s utterly shattered, and I think about that is ever extra so the case with Invoice Adama, whose steely resolve has seen him by means of various trials. Right here we see Invoice Adama damaged completely, placated by his son. On this second we’re reminded of Starbuck’s opening quote, “Youngsters are born to interchange their mother and father. For kids to succeed in their full potential their mother and father should die.” We cried tears of ache with and for Invoice Adama, and we feared for his self-preservation.

When the Admiral agonizes over what he has completed to the fleet, Lee tries to reassure him by saying that he did it for Earth, however elder Adama is having none of it, spitting out the phrases, “It’s a frakking joke. there is no such thing as a Earth.” It’s in these moments that we start to see the fruits of Lee’s transformation into true statehood, into a pacesetter that everybody can observe. In essence, we see him turn into his father. Lee grabs his father’s face in his arms and tells him to tug it collectively, however Invoice is just too far gone in drink and sorrow to tug out of it simply but. When the Admiral says that he can’t kill Tigh, Lee soothes him with the phrases, “It’s going to be okay. I’ll maintain it.” And we consider him. Lee IS President now, in mind-set in addition to perform.

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Lee marches straight to the launch tube the place Tigh stands tall and belts one throughout Tigh’s face, to the Colonel’s shock. Lee needs to know who the opposite Cylons are, however Tigh needs to know the place Adama is. Lee snarls, “Proper the place you place him.”

The engagement is damaged by Dualla within the comm room – she’s received a message from CIC that D’Anna is on the road. Lee takes the comm, and when D’Anna informs him that he’s operating out of time, Lee says that it’s her flip to hear. He then threatens to launch Tigh out of the launch tube in the event that they a lot as give any of the hostages on the bottom ship a black eye. D’Anna stoically proclaims that she has no want for additional bloodshed, and when she requests the Admiral, Lee denies her request and says that she’ll should take care of him. He delivers an ultimatum in splendid Adama style – launch the hostages inside 10 minutes or kiss one of many valuable last 5 goodbye. He hangs up the comm with finality.

Turning to Tigh, Lee tells the colonel that if he needs to save lots of the fleet that he wants the others, and he wants them now. Aw, look who’s all grown up now! Was it simply me, or did he sound like Roslin when he demanded the opposite Cylon names?

In the meantime, Anders has succeeded in getting Starbuck to take a look at her Viper once more, however Starbuck isn’t in tune with the sign that the Sleeper 4 have been receiving and wonders how they know that one thing’s completely different. Anders performs his response nicely (not that it issues, he’s about to get busted!), saying that it’s only a feeling he has. Starbuck, sarcastic as ever, remarks that she has a sense too – that they’re out of their frakking minds. Anders and Tyrol play the belief card – they trusted her “feeling” for the pathway to Earth. Earlier than we are able to discover out Starbuck’s response – in come the marines, right here to bust the newly-outed Cylons.

Because the marine squadron chief asks Anders and Tyrol to boost their arms and put them towards the viper, Tyrol smiles and shakes his head with amusement as Anders seems to be on with fear. Starbuck asks the marines what the hell is occurring, and the chief informs her that Anders and Tyrol are Cylons, similar to the XO. Starbuck’s response is somewhat priceless, and performed completely by Sackhoff. We watch as a myriad of feelings play out throughout her face, a lot the identical as Admiral Adama – bewilderment, shock, anger – earlier than she turns and questions Anders by calling his identify with confusion. Anders glances questioningly at Tyrol, who says, “Go forward.” Anders can barely have a look at her when he says, “It’s true, Kara.” As he’s pulled away by the marines, Anders pleads along with her that one thing has modified with the Viper, and that she has to seek out it. Starbuck can solely stare in shock as he’s led out of the room.

Aboard the Cylon base ship, issues are coming to a head. #8 drafts a pair of Centurions as they hustle the hostage pilots to a different space of the ship.

Again on Galactica, Anders and Tyrol be part of Tigh within the launch tube the place Lee seems to be on with steely dedication. Anders, in an unusually humorous second for his character, turns to Tigh and says, “This can be a wild guess, however…you instructed him?” Tigh nods his head and says that they need to have completed it day one.

Lee asks Dualla to get the bottom ship on the horn (I questioned briefly how Dualla now feels concerning the new and improved Lee – does she nonetheless resent him? Have her emotions resurfaced? We could by no means discover out.) Dualla orders communications to hail the insurgent ship.

Within the hangar, Starbuck climbs into her Viper in gradual movement, little doubt making an attempt to suppress the crushing emotional weight of the current revelation to be able to work out what the hell Anders was referring to. Can she really feel it too, that one thing is just not fairly because it appears right here?

In Roslin and Baltar’s room aboard the Cylon base ship, they hear the pilots being herded, and Leoben rushes into the room to tell them that D’Anna is about to start out executing extra hostages. Roslin begins to go away, asking Leoben to take her to D’Anna, however Baltar says that D’Anna received’t hearken to her. He was the one within the temple along with her when she had the imaginative and prescient, so he asks Leoben to take him as a substitute. Roslin agrees, so Leoben and Baltar rush to get to D’Anna earlier than any extra executions can happen.

Within the Cylon management room, D’Anna – now involved with Lee – asks the President if he’s prepared to return to his senses. Lee responds with, “Anders and Tyrol have simply joined Tigh within the airlock. They’re in line for an specific journey right into a vacuum. You need them alive – stand down.” It’s fascinating to notice the expression of one of many #6’s on this scene, who’s frightened face exhibits that she, in addition to Leoben, should not complicit within the strategies D’Anna is utilizing to get the Sleeper 4.

In Galactica’s hangar, Kara powers up the Viper, clicking on laptop and communications techniques one by one.

Aboard the bottom ship, Tory says, “I do know Lee. Press him and he’ll again down.” D’Anna orders a #8 to focus on their nuclear weapons on the civilian fleet. Baltar seems on the scene supported by a Leoben and calls her identify.

In her Viper, Kara fiddles with the panels, turning on one of many comm devices. Enjoying with the controls, she’s capable of tune in a mysterious sign.

On the bottom ship, Baltar informs D’Anna that coercion received’t work with Lee, since he’s too much like his father. Tory nonetheless thinks Lee is bluffing, however Baltar’s satisfied that Lee now doesn’t give a rattling concerning the 3 Cylon hostages. If Lee’s pushed, he’ll kill them. D’Anna, somewhat incredulously, states that your complete human race would die with them.

Starbuck races by means of the halls of Galactica because the Cylon base ship’s nuclear launchers take their intention on the fleet, a truth of which Dualla informs Lee. They work out that if any of the fleet have been to spool up their FTL’s that they wouldn’t have time to leap earlier than the Cylons opened fireplace. Lee orders marine Sgt. More durable to clear the tube of everybody however Tigh.

Baltar, in the meantime, nonetheless continues to try to speak D’Anna down, asking her if she thinks that is what God introduced her out of the darkness for. Perhaps, he provides, God introduced her again for a special objective, to finish this peacefully. D’Anna says that the people won’t ever forgive them for what they did to the twelve colonies, and orders 8 to proceed.

As Tigh is sealed into the launch tube by himself, Starbuck continues to race by means of the halls of Galactica. She is aware of that point is operating quick on revealing her discovery earlier than one other battle ensues.

On the insurgent ship, Baltar reminds D’Anna that pressure didn’t work on New Caprica nor on the algae planet, so why would it not work this time?

Within the launch tube comm room, Lee begins the sequence to open the launch tube. Lee, prepared with the important thing, seems to be out on Tigh who’s standing resolute to simply accept his dying.

#8 informs D’Anna (somewhat coldly) that they’ve weapons lock on the human ships. D’Anna seems that she could, certainly, be having doubts.

Lee hesitates to show the important thing. Tigh turns to Lee and says, “What are you ready for Apollo? Do it.” Simply as he’s about to, Starbuck bursts into the room and yells for Lee to cease. Out of breath, she says, “These 3 frakkin Cylons simply gave us Earth.”

For those who couldn’t inform from that barrage of quick sentences, the BSG editors out-did themselves with splicing these interweaving scenes collectively in dramatic excellence. Coupled with Bear McCreary’s unbelievable rating (with operatic voices!), RDM and firm had many people fairly actually on the sting of our seats.

After we return from break, Lee is sitting in Starbuck’s Viper inspecting the unusual sign Starbuck found. He identifies it as a Colonial emergency locator sign. He asks Starbuck to substantiate that no different wi-fi within the fleet is choosing it up. Starbuck attests that Gaeta confirms that the channel is empty aside from this Viper. She states that it must be a sign from Earth. Lee, for as soon as, thinks that Starbuck is reaching. Starbuck asks him so as to add it up – she vanishes right into a storm, rides this Viper to Earth, coming again she will get a imaginative and prescient that leads her to the bottom ship, the hybrid of which tells her that the Ultimate 5 have been to Earth however they want the lacking 3 to convey them out into the open.

Lee says, “And now we’re beginning to get messages from the past, ” with a contact of sarcasm.

She reminds him he heard the sign, that the Cylons led her to it, and that if it’s Earth, they’ve given them the house of the thirteenth tribe, simply the best way the hybrid stated it could occur. She tells him that prefer it or not, one thing is orchestrating this for a objective. Lee wonders skeptically, “A better energy?” Kara says name it no matter you need, but it surely appears to need us to seek out Earth with the Cylons.

Subsequent factor we all know, the Cylons are coming aboard (you might name it “Guess What’s coming to Dinner, Half Deux”), clearly on the invite of Lee. #8 examines the sign within the Viper, confirming one thing to D’Anna. D’Anna says, “One tiny needle in the entire fleet. Effectively you’re proper, it’s wafer skinny.” Lee, a smirk planted firmly on his lips, says it’s the perfect he may do at quick discover.

D’Anna then polls the Ultimate 4, asking them in the event that they assume it’s the best way to Earth. Tigh confirms it’s a stretch, but it surely’s the perfect they’ve received. Lee turns the assertion in his favor, letting D’Anna know that they shared the data with the Cylons somewhat than leap away and go away them behind, which might have led to a different confrontation.

D’Anna says, “All this has occurred earlier than…”

Lee shortly provides, “However it doesn’t should occur once more. Not if we make up our minds and alter. Take a special path – proper right here, proper now. You have been afraid we’d kill these 4, but right here they’re, standing proper behind you, free to go, or keep – I’ve granted them an amnesty. So the query is, the place can we go from right here?”

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D’Anna, apparently sensing that Lee’s change of coronary heart is real, agrees to launch the hostages and be part of the people in heading to Earth. Lee places out his hand, and D’Anna willingly shakes it.

Again in Admiral Adama’s quarters, Lee factors to a map the place the projected course towards the sign lies – vacation spot Earth. With a smile on his face, he asks for the Admiral’s orders. Invoice, with a bandaged hand and nonetheless wearing a gown, doesn’t seem able to be giving any orders, which prompts Lee to ask him if he’s prepared to steer the fleet to their new residence.

Invoice, clearly nonetheless in a state, responds that he doesn’t know. After which a candy voice to Invoice’s ears says, “You don’t know what?” after which Roslin enters the room, recent off the bottom ship. She brings a light-weight to Invoice’s face, and he acknowledges that it’s good to see her as she sits subsequent to him. Roslin reminds him that that is it – that is every thing they’ve been working for. She needs to see him choose up that first fistful of Earth (man does that sentence damage given the ultimate moments of the episode). Go away it to a girl you like to get you motivated – Invoice says he’ll be proper again, and steps away from the 2.

In his absence, Roslin remarks to Lee that she now sees Invoice’s way of thinking (we are able to solely presume that Lee had knowledgeable her of his father’s despair earlier than she got here into the room). Lee thanks her, after which says that he’s glad to see her once more, calling her Madame President. He additionally mentions that the Quorum is joyful too, and that he has simply accomplished the shortest Presidency in colonial historical past.

Roslin tells him to not look so relieved, as a result of he was dealt a disaster and knew precisely what to do, and confronted it boldly. Gazing at him in that means that solely Roslin can, she tells him that the fleet goes to want that management within the days to return (boy will they ever), so he’s not off the hook simply but.

Simply as Lee is getting emotional, Adama seems out of nowhere totally wearing his army uniform, and says, “You guys gonna sit right here and maintain flapping your lips or are we gonna go discover Earth?” The Frak Celebration room busted out in laughter and cheers at that one. Our Admiral was again!

Lee informs the Admiral that he and Kara have been engaged on a recon mission. The Admiral says it’s the top of the road, that they’ve received nowhere else to go. If they offer the alliance an excessive amount of time it would collapse once more. He says they’re going to roll the onerous six and all go collectively as quick as they will. Lee says, “Sure sir, ” with a smile on his face, glad to have his father again in additional methods than one.

Earlier than we enter the ultimate act (and oh what a last act it’s), I simply should say that I by no means anticipated the producers to get them to Earth this early. I figured that the collection finale would come with reaching Earth after which no matter shock awaited us there. However right here RDM and firm twist away from our expectations but once more, which is why I really like watching this present. I used to be type of hoping they’d give us the Ultimate Cylon and get that out of the best way, however that’s not as essential to me now as what the frak goes to occur on “Earth” – however I’m getting forward of myself.

On the open of the ultimate act, Roslin and The Adamas are in CIC ready for all of the leap preparations to finalize to allow them to hit the ultimate coordinate. When Dualla informs the Admiral that the ships are prepared to leap, Invoice turns to Roslin (addressing her as “Madame President”) and says that with out her they wouldn’t have made it, so she ought to give the order to leap. Roslin chokes up, after which provides the order – “Take us to Earth.”

Zing – zing – zing – zing…..the ships leap one after the other to their vacation spot, Galactica taking middle stage because it jumps in final. Gaeta proclaims that Dradis is evident and the fleet is checking in. When the Admiral asks for nav, Gaeta replies that he’s confirming place. The Admiral tells him to take his time and get it proper. We the viewers have but to see the massive blue marble within the sky.

The fleet checks in, and so they’re all accounted for. Gaeta turns to the Admiral – and confirms that seen constellations are a match. Outdoors, we’re proven the fleet hovering in orbit round a large blue planet (however dammit, we are able to’t make out any continents). The Admiral takes the comm and addresses the crew. Presently, given all that we the viewers have been by means of, I’m going to put up the complete speech as if it’s addressed to us in addition to the fictional crew:

“Crew of Galactica, folks of the fleet, that is Admiral Adama. Three years in the past I promised to steer you to a brand new residence. We’ve endured a troublesome journey. We’ve all misplaced. We’ve all suffered. And the reality is, I questioned whether or not this present day would ever come.

However right this moment, our journey is at an finish. We’ve arrived…at Earth.”

Adama places down the comm and hugs Roslin because the crew erupts into joyous celebration. It feels good, doesn’t it? In spite of everything we’ve endured with these characters, after all of the emotional ups and downs, we now have a vibrant gentle to stay up for. However one thing doesn’t sit so nicely with us, does it? For us, the viewers, we all know that there are 10 extra episodes to go. One thing begins to really feel bitter within the pit of our stomachs. The Frak Celebration room has gone eerily silent with expectation. What’s awaiting them, and us, down on the floor?

Within the midst of the celebration we see Tyrol, nonetheless on the Galactica, taking good care of his little one. We see BSG Sharon kissing Helo, and marvel concerning the unusual look on Hera’s face. We see Baltar, elevating arms together with his followers in worship. We see Tigh, nonetheless on Galactica as nicely, nursing a drink (uh oh). Starbuck seems to be at an image of Kat on the memorial wall and says, “We made it, child,” as Anders walks up beside her, hope written on his face. Invoice hugs Lee and says, “We did it.” Lee corrects him – “You probably did it.” And the viewers – nicely, we’re given some of the unbelievable orchestral works to ever hit tv, entitled “Diaspora Oratorio,” the phrases of which McCreary revealed on his weblog:

Journey’s finish
Weary travellers
Strategy a distant shore
Verdant peaks
Pierce the melancholy haze
The sky breaks
Like a wave
We’ve all suffered
We’ve all survived
We’ve arrived at Earth
Brothers and sisters
Enemies and associates
For we now have come residence

But I weep
But I weep
Not for the fallen
However for the unforgiven

Inexperienced hills await
With wind at our backs
The heavens half
As we strategy

And man, is that strategy ever superior. If any FX crew ought to win an Emmy this go round, the voters want solely check out this scene and know which one ought to win. Have you ever ever seen precise emotion expressed within the flight of spaceships? Yeah, neither have I. The ships flying all the way down to the floor gave the impression to be beaming pleasure of their strategy.

And that’s why the episode’s last scene is ever the extra devastating. Keep in mind when Roslin stated she wished to see Invoice choose up that first handful of sand on the planet’s floor, and the way it revived him out of his depressed stupor?

Right here she will get her want in essentially the most horrifying of turns. Invoice’s hand picks up a fistful of grime, and as he pulls it up, a radioactive counter is ticking off the charts! The motherfrakking soil is irradiated!

The digicam pans up, and the Admiral angrily tosses the grime to the bottom. The sky behind him is an ashen grey. Beside him, with none emotion by any means, Roslin says, “Earth,” as if she has no extra room for despair. D’Anna does, nonetheless, as she walks up subsequent to the couple and surveys the horror that has but to be revealed to our eyes.

We see BSG Sharon and Helo stroll by others – Anders, Tory, Lee, a #6, Baltar, Tyrol, Dualla, and Tigh – all standing or strolling round like zombies. Caprica 6 touches Tigh’s arm from behind, however the emotion dies there as Tigh doesn’t reply.

The digicam pans previous ruined buildings that might presumably be historic buildings, however they’re in an excessive amount of of a state of disrepair to inform. We go a forlorn Leoben, and eventually an anguished Starbuck, earlier than the digicam pulls again and exhibits us a large shot of the devastation – your complete place is destroyed, and based mostly on the radiation within the soil, it seems to be due to struggle.

Welcome residence.


– Did the alliance actually land on Earth? We by no means see any precise continents in our space-view of Earth, like we did on the finish of Season 3. Is it attainable that they don’t seem to be really on Earth?

– Earth or not, what brought on the devastation? Is that this going to be a life-lesson for our people and Cylons? In different phrases, “See what devastation is wrought from struggle?” We will see some highly effective statements being made right here, and given the refined method during which the writers have commented on fashionable points previously, we’re positive they’d deal with it with aplomb.

– Who’s sending the colonial emergency sign that’s solely being picked up by the Viper? Is that this particular person on the planet? Are they the ultimate Cylon to be revealed? This might jibe with what D’Anna stated about there solely being 4 Cylons on the fleet, however we’re not completely positive she’s telling the reality.

– Is that the Brooklyn Bridge?


– Is it 1st Quarter 09 but?

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