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Battlestar Galactica (2003)]
This is a documentary to promote the new re-imagining of the classic 1970s TV show. Ron D Moore ( Star Trek ) is in charge, and the SPFX are mostly CGI. The cast includes a female Starbuck and Boomer, and a mix of humanoid and CGI cylons.
As further promotion, NO6 does a Maxim shoot and the Producers do a ComicCon panel.
The documentary-makers interview Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, the stars of the original show.
Edward James Olmos ( Blade Runner (1982) ) works well as Adama. The female Starbuck looks like a teenage tomboy. Boomer is an oriental babe, Tigh is a caucasian male - there is no African-American in the main cast! Although there is the Black chick from Jeremiah lurking in the background. Space: Above And Beyond used mixed fighter squadrons - but the women looked like twenty-somethings.
Mary McDonnell is the Minister for Education (a role literally written for her).
Baltar has an English accent. He is a smug boffin, with no sense of responsibility. He looks like Dr Bashir ( Star Trek: DS9 ), but he is the GBF (Gay best friend) from Bridget Jones.
Cylon No6 is Trish Helfer , a 6ft blonde. She is the infiltration stealth model that the T-X ( Terminator 3 ) should have been. The other cylons are CGI, and their ships use missiles so there are few dogfights.
The show is heavy on plotting (the theme is that people should take responsibility for mistakes) but it is part 1 of a 2-part, four-hour miniseries pilot! It is a 9-11 allegory, updated to feature nuked homeworlds (not World War 2-type strafing!).
There is lots of CGI. Except for the cast (newbies and B-listers) it is a movie-scale production. And unlike the original (a TV show shown in cinema) it is shown in LBX format.
Boxy is aboard Boomer's shuttle. The Raptor Shuttle performs recon, AWACs, targeting (and FTL) for the whole squadron.
Galactica has a big line of corpses (like 9-11, Ground Zero). It seems to be a religious conflict, too. The Cylons talk of God, while Humans say Lords of Kobol.
The Prez collects a ragtag fleet. There are fifty thousand refugees. Do they have Conscription? They have eighty-five vacancies for techs!
Adama and a mysterious black-marketeer named Leoben (Callum Keith Rennie - eXisTenZ ) get lost on the space station.
Now they look like us is 1950s paranoia meets 1980s cheap SPFX. Baltar has a cylon as his conscience (in a sexy red dress) and a chip in head (like in Farscape ).
The Cylons attack every 33 mins. The humans have gone 130 hours without sleep! They have no shifts or down-time.
Doctor Emmerich (why do they use Earth names?) is on to Baltar's secret!
Boomer's sidekick is still alive (part of a Cylon plot).
The difference between this and the original is genre. This is a Drama, not action-adventure.
Boomer wakes up - she has missing time, and there are bombs aboard the ship! She tells her BF.
The Prez boards BSG - they have enough water for four years, but only three sets of clothes! The short-haul ships are running low (riots, troops deployed!). They do not recover the ice from space. Boomer must choose (subconsciously).
Baltar and Starbuck flirt (he is still deceitful, etc). Apollo's guilty conscience about destroying a passenger ship.
On Caprica - Cylon foot-patrols are searching, but the evaders light a campfire!
A convict - a political prisoner, really - named Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) and some low-pay workers take Apollo hostage. Mason (Brent Stait - Andromeda ) is a Rapacious Convict.
Starbuck, as well as being the best fighter pilot, is also cross-trained as an expert sniper. She leads the rescue squad of marines. We don't respond to violence (we just use it against democracy).
Boxy attends a briefing.
An accident kills some fighter pilots. Starbuck has flashbacks to the death of Apollo's brother (her BF, who gave her sweaty sex). She confesses to Adama. They are training rookies ...
Baltar plays poker.
Helfer tracks Halo and Boomer on Caprica.
This is Part 2. Starbuck is alone on a planet, so she hotwires a cylon fighter.
Adama and Apollo extend the search, but Baltar and the Prez and Tigh are cautious.
Boomer and her BF on BSG are interrogated (a witchhunt for Cylons). The illicit actions (free love and moonshine) are misinterpreted.
Boomer and her other BF on the planet of Caprica - the plot develops.
Baltar's plot develops.
NO6 accuses Baltar of Treason! Is it her or a copy? Does she want to destroy his research or convert him to God-worship? Helfer is a good actress.
Poor Baltar is the most sympathetic character, near a nervous breakdown. In contrast, Starbuck is self-pitying.
The Galactica crew try to repair and reverse-engineer the cylon fighter.
Cylons steal a nuke, which is due to go off in nine hours.
Starbuck tortures a Cylon prisoner, Leoben (Callum Keith Rennie - eXisTenZ ). Somehow he is dressed in the same clothes as his other version.
Baltar tests Boomer with the Cylon detector.
Baltar starts testing suspects. BSG Boomer nowhere in sight. The Prez suspects Adama is a cylon.
Tigh's wife Ellen ( Kate Vernon ) is an alkie slut, like no6 - is she a cylon? It is meant to be tense - it comes across as a really contrived soap-opera.
On Caprica, Boomer double-crosses the Cylons. She helps Helo escape - he does not know yet. No6 is jealous.
There is a Spike/Xander scene. This could be the 2nd Last Ep of Season 1?
The Fleet is low on fuel. Boomer finds an asteroid, but there is a Cylon base on it. Starbuck and Baltar plan attack, Apollo carries it out.
Is Baltar lucky, or a tool of God?
The Prez's voodoo advisor and Baltar's No6 both know of Moses-type religion.
First meeting of council. Baltar is the rep for Caprica. Starbuck is head of Security. She takes this solemn duty so seriously she has a water-fight with Apollo. She even stirs up a fight with Zarek supporters.
Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) proposes the creation of a Vice President. In return, the Prez subverts Democracy. Baltar has a good day.
There is a Secret assassin on the loose. Is it a Zarek supporter or a Cylon?
Boomer on Caprica tries to reconcile with Helo.
Starfuck has a raunchy one-niter, which leads to conflict with Apollo. Baltar is near breakdown, and even bonds with Boomer.
A patrol discovers Kobol, but the fleet is ambushed by Cylons (cliffhanger). Adama and the Prez have a conflict over the plan - will they try to find Earth?
Adama stages a Military Coup.
Starbuck is on Caprica (fighting No6). Boomer and Helo go after the arrow.
Boomer 2 takes a Nuke to the Cylon base star ( ID4 -style).
This is the climax of several arcs and cliffhangers. Perhaps most important, Baltar learns No6's plans for him.
Galactica and the Fleet are cornered by a Base Star. They jump out - but Galactica gets seperated. Can Tigh be an effective commander?
On Kobol, Baltar dicovers he is daddy. Apparently. Then he joins up with the other survivors. The NCO tech guy wants to take charge, though Lieutenant Crashdown (Sam Witwer - Smallville ) does an OK job.
Starbuck, Helo and Boomer have a confrontation.
The Prez plots her return.
Galactica is boarded by Cylons. Apollo leads a SWAT team to hunt them down. Meanwhile, they try to get the Prez to safety.
On Caprica, Starbuck takes Helo back to her place.
On Kobol, Baltar has a nightmare of Adama murdering the baby. Of course, we never get to see what the baby looks like! No6 tells Baltar that the locals indulged in human sacrifice. And the Chief and Cally learn that some of the redshirts will not make it home.
Tigh has saved the fleet from the Cylons. But now the Press and the Politicians - including Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) - insist on seeing the Prez. She is dying of breast cancer, of course, and without her meds she thinks she is a prophet.
Apollo is planning a rescue for the team trapped on Kobol. However, the Cylons down there are constructing a SAM missile battery. Only Baltar's group can stop them. Lieutenant Crashdown (Sam Witwer - Smallville ) wants his team of REMFs to launch a commando raid in broad daylight. Baltar whines and bitches, but offers no alternate plan. Indeed, the group are going to die by starvation or Cylon attack anyway, so they have nothing to lose.
No sign of Starbuck or Helo this ep. We will probably get a lot more of her next time.
The Chief is thrown in the Brig with Boomer. Cally turns out to be an evil wee bitch. She was spineless on Kobol, but she is not past blackmailing Baltar into helping save her beloved Chief.
Ellen Tigh ( Kate Vernon ) manipulates weak-willed hubby Colonel Tigh. Like Lady MacBeth ... or No6!
Apollo helps the Prez bust out of Chokey..
Adama is back in charge. The Prez realises her only chance to regain power is by playing the Religion card.
On Caprica, Starbuck gets shot. She wakes up in a hospital bed being looked after by Doctor Simon (Rick Worthy - Supernatural ). Is this a Beware of the Dog ploy by the Cylons?
Boomer makes a reappearance.
Adama is trying to hold what is left of the fleet together. He continues the fiction of leading them to Earth, threatening to imprison any reporters who say otherwise.
The Prez and her followers at Kobol meet Starbuck, Helo and Boomer. Poor old Boomer tries to talk her way out of a spacing, and offers to guide them to the religious site they want to visit. The preacher-woman thinks Boomer is a lesser demon mentioned in the holy scrolls ...
Adama and the Chief are on maneuvres again.
Poor Boomer. Everyone's against her. The humans are ultra-prejudiced.
Back on the ship, Baltar finally considers getting a brainscan. No6 gives him the idea, then disrupts it for him!
TV journalist D'Anna Biers ( Lucy Lawless ) wants to do a documentary about the fatal incident Colonel Tigh created when he sent fully-armed marines against rioters. So the Prez and Adama give her full access.
Tigh is victim of anonymous death-threats.
Boomer is in solitary. But will she lose the baby?
No6 wants Baltar to assert himself to get into the running as next Prez.
The music on the final documentary clip is the orchestral theme from the original 1970s TV show!
There are not enough functioning starfighters left. The Chief decides to build a new ship.
The Battlestar's internal functions are problematic. It seems there is a Cylon virus in the system. Baltar has a plan, but Adama will have to trust Boomer ...
Galactica encounters another Battlestar - The Pegasus, run by Admiral Cain ( Michelle Phillips ). She outranks Adama, and gives orders to him and the Prez.
Baltar gets to examine a Cylon POW aboard the Pegasus. Cain's torture squad, led by Lt. Alastair Thorne (Fulvio Cecere - ) are allowed to interrogate Boomer ...
This is the first appearance of Lt. Noel Narcho Allison (Sebastian Spence - First Wave ).
Starbuck singlehandedly does the recon of the Cylon ship, then prevents civil war starting among the Colonials. Cain promotes her to the new Pegasus CAG.
Baltar gets the POW, Gina, to talk. The Cylon ship is a Resurrection Ship, which allows destroyed Cylons to transmit their consciousness home to be rebuilt.
Adama find out more about what Cain has been doing to her own people. He orders Starbuck to take drastic steps. Meanwhile, Cain plots a similar move against Adama. And neither suspects what the other is up to!
The space battle takes place, but it is the ep's backdrop. This show is not action-adventure, about the war with the Cylons. It is drama - about the conflict between humans themselves.
Adama has to ask himself - do the humans deserve to survive? Baltar asks himself the same question, and his inhuman actions make him the most human character of all.
The climax is unexpected, but in many ways a cop-out. None of the characters really has to take responsibility for their actions.
The Prez is dying. She orders that the cylon-human hybrid foetus be aborted. Baltar opposes this, as does Helo, but there is nothing they can do.
There is a Peace Party that seeks to undermine the military. They use propaganda and sabotage. Baltar discovers their leader is an old buddy of his. She pretends to be nice, but her goals are eeeevil.
Everything's upside down this ep. Adama, normally opposed to everything the Prez does, now supports her completely. Baltar's the humanitarian!
Baltar saves the day - kinda. But he discovers that the Prez never respected him, so he has to take sides. The Prez, in her fever dreams, thinks she remembers seeing Baltar and a six-foot blonde together on Caprica. Yes, the lines are really being drawn.
The Prez is informed that her socialist utopia, like in Star Trek , just is not feasible. People are trading in goods and services. Any commerce at all is labelled Black Market. Unfortunately, gangsters led by Phelan (Bill Duke - Predator ) are in charge.
Baltar tries to get the Pegasus Captain on his side. The Prez asks for Baltar's resignation ...
Apollo is put in charge of the racketeering investigation. Perhaps not the best choice - he is involved in some immoral flirting with the black chick (she is a subordinate, engaged to Billy the Prez's aide!) and having sex with Shevon ( Claudette Mink ) - a woman who is basically a Socialator!
Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) pops up. He is not in the brig, and is still an important politician.
The fleet has entered a new star system, and has begun asteroid mining. However, the cylons have deployed their new fighter ace, nicknamed Scar, who takes out the BSG pilots one by one.
This might superficially resemble the Chiggy Von Richthofen eps of Space: Above & Beyond , but it is a lot more hard-edged. Starbuck is the central character, and while the ep starts with her in a dogfight with Scar the majority of the story is a flashback over the preceding four days.
While the story is superficially about the Cylon threat - even the title sequence concentrates on the Viper pilots - Starbuck faces two dramatic challenges. One is from Louanne Kat Katraine ( Luciana Carro ), the reformed stim-junkie who wants Starbuck's job. The other is Starbuck's personal obsession with the lover she left on Caprica.
The ending is relatively downbeat, in tone with the rest of the series. The music used is from The Deer Hunter, which should illustrate what it aspires to be.
Of note, Baltar and No6/Gina do not appear this ep.
Billy, the Prez's sidekick, gets dumped by the black chick. She prefers Apollo, who is also man-of-choice for Mrs Tigh.
A crazy woman named Sesha Abinell ( Dana Delany ) and a pair of heavily-armed thugs take over the singles bar. The woman wants Adama to swop the hostages for Boomer. Yes, there are die-hards in the fleet who want to usurp military rule in order to kill the Cylon PoW. Why have not these thugs been conscripted into the Marines?
Apollo, the black chick, Billy and Colonel Tigh's wife Ellen ( Kate Vernon ) are among the hostages. Starbuck is put in charge of organising a rescue bid.
The crazy woman's newsletters include a reference to the cylons that seems a quote from Kyle Reese in Terminator - quite apt, really. Can Boomer be trusted?
Everyone is shaping up well after the events of last ep. Apollo is having a merry old time with the black chick, until he is transferred to the Pegasus to help Starbuck train the newbies.
The Pegasus' new CO is Commander Barry Garner (John Heard - ), an engine-room officer. He is a paranoid moron who shuts Starbuck out of the loop. And when a couple of Raptors go missing on a training run, he holds her responsible.
A teenage girl sneaks aboard Galactica to have an abortion. So much for security! The Prez is conflicted. She prides herself on womens' reproductive rights - a very American obsession. However, the population is slowly dying ... and she needs the vote of the Geninon Religious leaders. The Geminons are a bit like the US's Religious Right (an oxymoron in itself). They oppose the Cylon terrorists, and the Prez is their Prophet. However, they also oppose abortion, and treat teenagers as property.
Baltar puts himself to good use. The Prez needs his scientific expertise ... and Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) supports him politically!
Baltar's No6 is downloaded into a new body. She was apparently killed at the house, during the original nuke attack - though Baltar did not know she was dead. And while he thinks he has a Cylon chip in his brain, she somehow has a ghost image of him following her about ... a conscience!
Months later on Caprica, D'Anna Biers ( Lucy Lawless ) recruits No6 to bond with No8, who was shot aboard BSG and still insists on calling herself Sharon. Yes, these two war heroes have a lot in common. Neither of them is adjusting well.
Starbuck's BF Anders is still around, now working with teammate Jean Barolay ( Alisen Down ). Their new tactic is bombing Cylon cafes - like Palestinian terrorists in Israel. The show gains new depth, as further metaphors are layered on.
Can two Cylons change their world in 36 hours?
Starbuck and Boomer lead a rescue mission to Caprica. Their aim is to retrieve Starbuck's luurve interest. Did he survive the previous ep?
One ship gets lost in a stellar cloud, and discovers a planet. A habitable one!
Baltar is losing to the Prez in the election run-up. However, this new planet provides him with an issue he can win on: colonisation of the new homeworld!
The Chief needs counselling. Pastor Cavil (Dean Stockwell - Quantum Leap ) helps out.
This is a feature-length end to the season. It ties up a lot of loose ends from the previous eps.
Election results come in, and the choice between Baltar and the Prez is made. When irregularities are discovered, we see how desperate the Prez and her pals were!
The Cylon arc is over. Gina and the Nuke are dealt with. All too easy ...
The Cylon occupation has been going on for four months, and things have deteriorated pretty badly. The settlement is like a concentration camp. Mrs Tigh has sex with Pastor Cavil (Dean Stockwell - Quantum Leap ) in exchange for releasing the Colonel. Tigh then gets the Chief to organise suicide-bombings!
Starbuck is in an isolation prison. Her Jailor, Leoben (Callum Keith Rennie - eXisTenZ ), is trying to civilise her.
This is the second part of a 2-parter. You can barely see the joins.
Callum introduces Starbuck to a child he claims is her daughter. He wants them to bond ...
The Cylons decide to execute all suspects - all two hundred prisoners. This includes Cally, the ex-Prez and Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ). They force Baltar to sign the death warrant.
The cliffhanger is resolved in a very Perils of Pauline way.
D'Anna Biers ( Lucy Lawless ) has dreams that The Child of Two Peoples is still alive. She assumes this means Boomer's baby - which reveals quite a lot ...
First appearance of Julia ( Emilie Ullerup )
They are all back on their ships, and everything is back to normal. Or is it?
Tigh commands a secret vigilante squad that is spacing any suspected Toaster-Lovers. They all forget that one of Baltar's people was actually a spy, helping the Resistance. And now Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani - Smallville ), former sidekick to Baltar, is in their sights ...
Baltar himself is on trial by the Cylons. Three want to let him stay, three want rid of him. The Sixes hold the final vote ...
The Cylons have decided they want to locate and colonise Earth. Baltar gave them the directions, so they sent a Base Ship to explore - but it has run into difficulties. Baltar volunteers to investigate.
Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani - Smallville ) and Athena (she used to be called Boomer!) also explore.
Tigh is back on the booze. He is all chummy with Starbuck, and they are stirring up hatred against the Fleet and the collaborators.
The Colonials plan to use the Cylon-killing virus as a bio-weapon. But is bio-warfare morally right?
D'Anna Biers ( Lucy Lawless ) suspects that Baltar knows more than he is telling. She tortures him, in the hope of making him talk.
Bulldog (Carl Lumley - Alias ) arrives at the fleet, having escaped from the Cylons. He has been their prisoner for five years ... since they captured him breaking the Peace Treaty, on a secret mission for Adama!
Baltar has forgiven D'Anna Biers ( Lucy Lawless ) for torturing him. She has now joined him and No6 in a menage a Trois!
Adama organises a boxing match to raise morale. Apollo and Starbuck get to vent their frustrations in the ring.
The reason for various characters' frustrations is explained by flashbacks to the early days of the New Caprica settlement. Yes, the Cylons' arrival actually made things BETTER because the Colonials could get back to hating a mutual enemy, and did not have to actually talk to each other any more.
The ragtag fleet has a problem with contaminated food. Luckily, Boomer discovers an M-class planet with edible algae. Unfortunately, they have to make micro-jumps close to a sun, thus risking death by solar radiation. The risk will fall on Starbuck and her pilots.
Louanne Kat Katraine ( Luciana Carro ), Starbuck's rival as Top Bitch, meets a face from her past. It turns out that she lied about her name - and because of this she is accused of helping Cylons infiltrate.
The idea of Cylon infiltraitors relying on petty crooks is laughable. Think about how deep Boomer's cover was. This was not a last-minute people-smuggling job, it was professional espionage tradecraft.
This was written by Jane Espenson, and contains the show's best example of humour so far.
The Colonials send down a landing party to the algae planet. Chief Tyrol somehow finds the temple.
The Soap Opera domestic strife is centre stage. Yes, the landing party includes Starbuck and her husband AND Apollo and his wife. What are the chances of that happening?
Baltar and D'Anna Biers ( Lucy Lawless ) continue their quest.
The colonial Away Team are under siege. Can they hold together as a team?
Baltar is interrogated. Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani - Smallville ) helps Adama and the Prez, but he has his own agenda.
The ground crew start their own bar.
The Sagitarons, a low-caste group of menial workers, have an outbreak of plague. Whenever their religious fundamentalism is overcome by their desperation, they give consent to medical treatment from Doctor Michael Robert (Bruce Davison - X-Men ).
Helo, the Cylon-lover, is put in charge of the process. He begins to get suspicious of the Doctor's death rate. Is he killing low-caste citizens in order to conserve the fleet's limited resources?
Tyrol and his wife get trapped in a faulty airlock. Can Starbuck and the other flight crew save them, 2001 style?
Adama and the Prez have to give Baltar a trial. Merely organising it is a chore in itself. They agree that Apollo is the best choice for head of the tribunal.
Apollo is still married, despite his lack of appearance when his wife was on her deathbed. Adama sends him his grandfather's law books - a reference to prequel show Caprica .
Baltar has been writing a short manuscript, which his lawyer has surreptitiously distributed through the Fleet. This book highlights the social inequalities aboard the fleet. High-ranking officials come from the rich colonies like Caprica, while low-ranking types like Sagittarians are used for menial labour.
The menial workers aboard the ore refinery, whom the entire fleet depends upon for fuel, have decided to go on strike. Adama and the Prez put Chief Tyrol in charge. After all, he was leader of the Union on New Caprica.
Whatever happened to Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) )? Wasn't HE meant to be the commie trouble-maker?
Starbuck starts to have hallucinations. We see her upbringing with her mother. It explains a lot.
Everyone is still hurting from what happened to Starbuck. But they have bigger fish to fry. Since Baltar is under lockdown, someone has a go at his lawyer instead. Mark Sheppard ( Supernatural ) is hired to take over the defence. To differentiate himself from Crowley (and every other character), he wears sunglasses all the time.
Who is the saboteur? Tyrol, Cally, any of the regulars ... or a new face that we have never seen before (and will not miss)? In a mainstream show, the answer would be predictable. Will this ep prove that BSG has jumped the shark?
Baltar's trial begins. The main witnesses against him are Colonel Tigh and the Prez. A pair of bloodthirty killers, in other words, who are his political rivals and both want him out of the way. Also, Tigh is an infamous alcoholic while the Prez is on drugs for her cancer.
Baltar's trial concludes. It seems he has a secret fan club, led by Jeanne ( Keegan Conor Tracey ).
Several members of the supporting cast all hear the same mysterious piece of music. Are they four of the Final Five cylons?
The Prez realises her visions involve the hybrid baby and the two cylon defectors aboard the ship. Is she plugged into their neural net?
Apollo has a vision of his own - a spirit guide who can take the fleet to Earth!
The climactic ending involves a face-off with the Cylon Fleet. Well, it was about time - we have not seen them in weeks!
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The enormous space battle from the Season 3 cliff-hanger is wrapped up quickly. However, it asks more questions than it answers.
Starbuck has returned (again) - or has she? There is something strange about her Viper, and she claims she was only away for six hours. Somehow she made it to Earth, took some photos from orbit, then flew back. But nobody seems to believe her. Especially when she says the Fleet is going the wrong way.
Apollo decides to quit the Military. There is a tearful farewell, and he even acknowledges his ex-wife.
The Cylon Raiders have learned that the Final Five are among the Colonial Fleet. As a result, the Raiders are refusing to fight. The Pastor seeks to have the Raiders lobotomized. The Sixes order a vote to be taken.
Baltar is recognised aboard his ship. Ryan Robbins (the Hap from Sanctuary ) wants payback!
Apollo has his first day as a politician. Prez Roslin is all smiles, but will never forgive him for defying her will and saving Baltar. Luckily, Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) is still Veep. Baltar himself gets a name-check, but does not get an appearance this ep.
The Cylons have some politics of their own. The Sixes only control half the fleet, and the Pastor is just as unforgiving as Roslin. On the Cylon Fleet, the Pastor offers a truce to the Sixes. But can he be trusted?
Cally is suspicious of Chief Tyrol, her hubby. He keeps creeping off with the President's female aide Tory Foster ( Rekha Sharma ) ... and Colonel Tigh. Cally tries to uncover the truth. Will Tyrol get justice for Boomer?
Starbuck is in command of her own ship, with a crew of outcasts including Helo, Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani - Smallville ) and her husband Anders. They are wandering blindly, with only Starbuck's visions to guide them.
Tyrol cannot handle the stress of losing Cally. He starts to fall apart. Tigh has flashbacks to losing his own wife Ellen ( Kate Vernon ), and starts to interrogate Caprica Six.
Baltar's coven is assaulted by a gang of thugs who call themselves Sons of Ares. He has to respond, to protect his own people. The Prez also has to be seen to protect people. She decides on draconian regulations that will unfairly oppress Baltar's religion. Will Apollo save the day again?
Kara's exploration ship encounters a lone Cylon ship. Leoben (Callum Keith Rennie - eXisTenZ ) is the pilot, and he tells them about the Cylon civil war. But will they trust him?
The Mutiny ends up in one regular character getting shot. Will this end in a fatality?
Kara, her hubby, Athena and a redshirt join Leoben (Callum Keith Rennie - eXisTenZ ) on their quest to find the Base Star.
The Prez is in the cancer ward. She meets Emily Kowalski ( Nana Visitor ), a fellow patient who also has visions. She wonders if Baltar's preaching has come true.
The Colonials and the Rebels enter an uneasy alliance against the mutual enemy. They can take out the Cylon resurrection system and unbox D'Anna Biers ( Lucy Lawless ), the only one who can identify the Final Five. In turn, they are the only ones who can find the way to Earth.
Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani - Smallville ) ends up in surgery. Will he come through intact?
With the Prez gone, Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) has to take over the Government. After all, that is what the duty of the Veep is. However, Admiral Adama will not recognise Zarek's administration. Apollo teams up with the only unbiased person he knows - Baltar's lawyer (Mark Sheppard - Supernatural ) - to select a candidate as successor. This leads on to a couple of twists.
Adama is obsessed with getting the Prez back. He also has to sort out the problems with the Sixes aboard Galactica. One has been shot, the other is somehow pregnant.
The model ship in Adama's room takes another pounding!
This ep follows the rebel cylon Base Star, over the timespan of the events of the previous episode. However, there appears to be a problem in the chronology, because the time-span does not seem to match up.
The Prez and Baltar talk to the hybrid, and start to get some answers. However, is it wise for such bitter enemies to be left together when they are flying into a battlezone? The Prez has visions of her long-dead spiritual advisor (CCH Pounder), who seems to give her some good moral advice.
Helo teams up with one of the Cylons. Athena is back aboard the Galactica, but this Cylon is her twin and has downloaded her memories. Thus, she is the next best thing.
D'Anna Biers ( Lucy Lawless ) announces that the Final Five will be welcome aboard the Base Star. But the Prez will stay as a guest of the Cylons, along with Helo and Baltar. If the Final Five are not handed over, the hostages will be killed.
D'Anna and Apollo face off, each with hostages against the other. Caprica Six is not mentioned for some reason. D'Anna does not care enough to request her return, and Apollo does not bother to threaten her as a hostage.
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The two crews explore the ruins. Excavations uncover humanoid bones, and 1970s-era cylons. It turns out that the Thirteenth Colony had unique origins ...
Starbuck detects an emergency beacon. Since she is apparently no longer speaking to her husband, she takes Leoben (Callum Keith Rennie - eXisTenZ ) with her for heavy lifting. They discover the reason that Starbuck's return to the Galactica was by means of a brand-new replica Viper. But this only begs the question ... how?
The final four start to remember bits about their lives on the city. And we discover who the Fifth is. or do we?
The Rebel Cylons offer to upgrade the Colonial Fleet's FTL systems. This makes sense, because the Fleet is a rag-tag collection of civilian vessels and the Galactica itself is a virtual museum piece. The Cylons, including the villains who are still on the loose, have FTL tech a generation ahead of anything the Colonials have. This makes the Colonials sitting ducks. And all they have to do is offer the Thirteen Tribe full citizenship.
Unfortunately, VP Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) does not see it this way. He stirs up trouble in the Council, creating a law that every ship can vote on the issue of upgrading. This would not be an issue on passenger ships, which can easily be abandoned at mere loss of human life. But the Tillium ore-processing ship goes AWOL, and takes the entire Fleet's fuel supply with them. Yes, these bigots let their anti-Cylon prejudice put them in a position where they are vulnerable to enemy attack, and where every other ship in the Fleet is crippled too.
On Galactica itself, Caprica Six's Cylon baby is healthy. Cally's kid is not so healthy, but Chief Tyrol discovers an uncomfortable fact about the kid. And poor old Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani - Smallville ) is so unhappy about the Cylons getting better medical care that he starts to stir up some anti-Cylon sentiment below the decks. How ironic that he was once Baltar's sidekick, sentanced to death by two Cylons and someone married to a Cylon!
Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani - Smallville ) starts a mutiny. Lt. Noel Narcho Allison (Sebastian Spence - First Wave ) is one of his helpers. They imprison the Thirteenth Colonists and other VIPs. VP Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) is put in charge on Colonial 1, and Gaeta takes the bridge on BSG. How anyone can trust him is anyone's guess!
Baltar's harem is in Galactica's storage area. The goon who tried to bean him up in the washroom, Ryan Robbins (the Hap from Sanctuary ), is in charge of a group of Gaeta's Marines ... Despite being a civilian!
The good guys team up in pairs. Adama and Tigh are in custody of mutineers. Apollo meets up with Starbuck. The Prez and Baltar are still on speaking terms.
Adama is put on trial. Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani - Smallville ) is Prosecutor, and Mark Sheppard is the Defence attorney. VP Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch - Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) ) is the Judge, so you can forget any chance of a fair trial. After all, the VP has overruled the Quorum in his own style. Yes, he is worse than Adama and Roslin put together!
Apollo and Tigh lead a counterattack. Will Gaeta bottle it?
The Rebel Cylons consider fleeing, abandoning the Final Four and Caprica Six. Can Roslin and Baltar convince them to stand their ground?
Ellen Tigh ( Kate Vernon ), the Final Cylon, downloaded when the Colonel killed her over a year ago. Pastor Cavil (Dean Stockwell - Quantum Leap ) has been secretly keeping her prisoner ever since, trying to get info from her.
Samuel Anders (Michael Trucco - ) took a bullet in the head. The good news is, this helps him recover memories and thus give us some much-needed exposition. The bad news is, he needs brain surgery or he will die. However, the surgery may lobotomise him anyway ...
Despite what Adama said last week, he has now got Cylon repair crews working to repair the Galactica.
The Quorum is gone, and there is no longer any formal democracy. Baltar tries to do a good deed. He realise he has to form his own militia. Is it wise to use High-velocity ACRs in an already leaky spaceship? A pity they never developed PPGs like on Babylon 5 .
Ellen Tigh ( Kate Vernon ) and Boomer return to the Colonial fleet. Boomer is put in the brig, but Ellen gets to mix with the others of the Final Five. They take a vote on whether to return to Pastor Cavil (Dean Stockwell - Quantum Leap ) and work on Resurrection again. But the Caprica Six's child by Tigh is on its way.
The Final Five are staying put for the time being. Boomer is to be extradited to the Base Ship for trial and execution by her own kind. All she did was use free will by siding with Pastor Cavil (Dean Stockwell - Quantum Leap ). She bonds with Tyrol, using the projection technique Baltar used to experience. But is she really a victim, or is she a player in Cavil's plans?
Starbuck bonds with a piano player who reminds her of her dad. Athena's daughter hero gives Starbuck a childish painting of a row of dots. Does it have a secret meaning?
It may seem unprofessional for a reviewer to use a term like jumped the shark, but this certainly appears to be the case. The goal of the Colonials was to find Earth. They did so, and that is where the show should have ended. But now, they have to tie up a few loose ends.
Baltar gets a bit of closure with a couple of his sex partners from Season one. Caprica Six rejects his offer of sanctuary, referring to his coven as a harem and stating that while she has changed, he has not. This is especially ironic, since she is the one who introduced him (a man of science) to her own blind faith. And when Kara Thrace questions that faith, and gives him the dog-tags she found on Earth, he discovers proof of life after death.
Adama and Apollo oversee the dismantling of the Galactica. Everything is being boxed up and shipped off to the fleet. The inhabitants start to reflect on their lives so far. Adama's flashback includes an encounter with Frank Porthos (Kevin McNulty - Supernatural ).
Baltar's followers now constitute the largest single political group in the entire fleet. But Apollo will not allow Baltar to become a political representative, because he regards Baltar as self-serving. He ignores the fact that there is no such thing as an unselfish good deed, a fact even Joey Tribiani in Friends could deduce.
We see Baltar's life, six months before the Cylon attack. He is a rich, successful womaniser - but is troubled by his elderly father, Julius (Anthony Holland). One of Baltar's lady-friends, a certain six-foot blonde, starts to get more serious.
Adama and Starbuck take advantage of Anders' new-found precog skills. He now resembles one of the Hybrids that the Cylons use to pilot their base-stars. His prophecies allow them to locate the Colony where the enemy are holding the starchild. Can Adama get enough volunteers to pull off a successful rescue?
Baltar finally volunteers to help. Will he reconcile with Caprica Six? Will he prove his worth to the Colonials?
Adama's cunning plan involves slam-docking the Galactica into the Cylon space station. Then the volunteer militia spill out and face room-to-room fighting with Centurions (both new and classic designs, somehow).
President Roslyn joins the boarding party. She and Athena discover what their visions were about. Although how Pastor Cavil (Dean Stockwell - Quantum Leap ) manages to get places faster than they can is not explained.
This is the last ever episode, not counting prequel shows and movies. As a result, every single loose end has to be tied up, before the characters (and the fans) can move on. Unfortunately the show was made up as the writers went along, so an awful lot of sprawling mess has to be nicely tied up.
The survivors start to pair off, in the same couples that were set up in the first episode. Apollo and Starbuck, Adama and Roslyn, Helo and Athena, Baltar and Caprica Six ...
This stand-alone made-for-TV movie covers the first two seasons worth of the TV show. However, it is told from the perspectives of two copies of the Number One Cylon. Because this was made AFTER the end of the show, and thus after the final Cylons have been revealed ...
If you have seen the full series, this fills in a few blanks. The main show was from the Colonial perspective, which meant that Cylon actions and motivations were not explained. This spells them out.
However, if you have not seen the full show then the identities of the final Cylons will be revealed - a major spoiler!
William Adama is a pre-teen boy, son of Tauran Lawyer Joseph Adama (Esai Morales - From Dusk Til Dawn (S2) ) who has ties to Organised Crime.
Zoe Graystone ( Alessandra Torresani ) is a rebellious teenager who falls out with her mother ( Paula Malcolmson AKA Trixie). Her dad Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) is a computer genius, head of a mega-corporation that wants a government contract to build war robots. Zoe uses her own computer skills to build an AI based on her own personality.
It is nice to see more of the Colonial worlds, fifty years before the genocide. There are humanising elements, like criminality and prejudice - which will feature into the show. The twelve colonies are peaceful and pagan. But evil monotheist suicide bombers are trying to start a civil war.
Scientist Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) has the AI based on his dead daughter's memories and personality. He is also building the ultimate robotic killing-machine, the Cybernetic Lifeform Node AKA the CyLoN. Unfortunately, the daughter was a monotheist. Things can only go downhill from here ...
Daniel bonds with the other grieving father, the lawyer Joseph Adama (Esai Morales - From Dusk Til Dawn (S2) ). He agrees to make an AI for Adama's daughter, in exchange for getting the Tauran gangsters to steal the necessary microchip from a business rival.
Trixie has her suspicions about Zoe’s secret life, which is not a good thing since she has to make a speech at the memorial service.
Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) works with the prototype.
Adama's daughter is now an avatar in a VR Internet. She interacts with the software goons and the players. But her powers make her more like an Agent in The Matrix - she is a piece of Uber-software.
Zoe Graystone ( Alessandra Torresani ), the other AI girl, is now in the Cylon prototype. She uses it to help her father sell his idea of robot slaves to his investors.
Adama Jnr is at a difficult age. He is bullied by other kids because of his Tauran heritage, but he reacts by becoming more Tauran. He hangs out with the kind of people his father has worked so hard to distance himself from.
Cylon Girl Zoe Graystone ( Alessandra Torresani ) feels sorry for the Jimmy Olsen lab tech guy. She arranges a cyber date in the VR Internet.
Clarice ( Polly Walker ), the schoolteacher who corrupted her pupils and turned them into monotheistic Homicide Bombers, is ordered to steal the personality-copying software. The Monotheists think that this will create an afterlife for them ... She visits the dead girl's mother, Trixie ( Paula Malcolmson ).
The Tauron CEO is out for revenge after the theft of his microchip. A couple of his best men were killed, and he blames his Caprican rival. The house they meet in is the one that Baltar lives in during the Mini-Series!
Joseph Adama (Esai Morales - From Dusk Til Dawn (S2) ) manages to get into the VR world. They are avoided the Dies in RL cliche, but they have got a nice permanently banned from the game idea instead.
The lab tech and Zoe the cylon girl go on their first proper date.
Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) continues his corporate war against the Tauron CEO. He needs to get the mass-produced microchip to work properly, and has not worked out why the prototype does.
Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) tests the Cylon, to see if he can get Zoe ( Alessandra Torresani ) to react. She is a typical contrary bitch, and does the opposite of whatever she thinks he wants. He has taken up smoking again, and she has a phobia of fire.
Trixie is seeing glimpses of someone she thinks is her brother's ghost. But the only person she can talk to is Clarice ( Polly Walker ), who makes everything an opportunity to look for Zoe's avatar.
The Military push their deadline for the cylon tests forward. Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) plans to wipe the chip, so the robot must escape ASAP. Unfortunately, her accomplice is caught in the conflict between Clarice ( Polly Walker ) and Barnabas (James Marsters - Buffy ).
To fill the company coffers at short notice, Daniel must sell the C-Bucs to his arch-rival.
This ep was directed by Roxann Dawson .
The Monotheists are gathering on Gemenon. Apparently they are well-known there. If that is their homeworld, and it is known throughout the twelve colonies, how come the Government has not wiped them out?
Clarice ( Polly Walker ) offers the ultimate recruiting tool - a cybernetic afterlife. One of the Church Fathers (who looks like Dr Tom from Being Erica ) disagrees, and realises that he will have to kill her off. Can he outwit Juliaii Cooper herself?
Daniel (Eric Stoltz, who also directed this episode) has the same idea, selling the idea to Adama and the Taurean gangsters.
Barnabas (James Marsters - Buffy ) sends his wannabe-terrorists to bomb Clarice ( Polly Walker ). But she is the one who recruited them, so she knows them better than he does. Spike versus Juliaii Cooper - who do YOU think will win?
Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) and Adama play at being gangsters, with a plan to blackmail the board into voting him back into power. But at least one of his so-called friends would literally rather die than be loyal.
Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) gets his company back, but the cost is higher than he expected.
On the Net, Zoe's copy meets Adama's daughter. She has a flashback, and remembers Zoe seeing a vision of herself in RL ...
Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) keeps working on the AI version of his wife Trixie. His real wife goes undercover at Clarice's house, as part of the multiple marriage household.
The Tauran gangsters have worries of their own. The one who looks like Adrien Brody is smuggling weapons to the revolutionaries back home. He falls foul of rival gangsters. This is a great chance to field-test the Cylon kill-bot.
Lacy Rand ( Magda Apanowicz ) and the other Monotheist recruits are on a shuttle which is boarded by men who claim to be a Polytheist Militia. They are held at gunpoint and threatened with execution. Will they sacrifice themselves, or will they crack under pressure? The wrong decision will see them get executed.
The Godfather starts selling Cylons to the Monotheist terrorists. Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) and Adama are none to pleased about this. But the Godfather gets suspicious of Daniel's stalling, and decides to get rid of him.
The detective (Brian Markinson - ) needs help from his department so he can make the case against Clarice ( Polly Walker ). But he suspects there is a mole. The two suspects are a pair of familiar-looking villains: Peter Wingate ( Highlander: The Series ) and Colonel Maybourne ( Stargate SG-1 ).
We get to see the Adama brothers' childhood on Tauron. They may understand Daniel's guilt and obsession.
The Mole undermines the Detective's credibility.
The Adama brothers may be under suspicion for skimming Cylons from the Mob.
Lacy Rand ( Magda Apanowicz ) discovers one of the Cylons will respond to her voice commands.
Clarice ( Polly Walker ) has her next big atrocity planned and ready to go. But she discovers her story has some dramatic twists left.
Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ), Trixie and Samuel go into V-World to meet the girls. Zoe Graystone ( Alessandra Torresani ) gets to confront her parents, while the Adama girl is nowhere to be seen. But Clarice ( Polly Walker ) and the STO are breaking into the house.
The STO plan to kill Lacy Rand ( Magda Apanowicz ). Will her school-class sell her out?
The Guatro puts a hit out on the Adama brothers. Little Willie gets a long talk with his step-mom ( Stargate SG-1 's doctor).
Daniel (Eric Stoltz - The Fly 2 ) and Trixie are on the run, framed as terrorists by the real STO. They must discover the bombers' target, then infiltrate it and remote-control the cylons to kill the bombers.
The Adamas face off against the Guatro for control of organised crime on Caprica.
Twenty years after the end of the Caprica series, and the war against the Cylons is well underway. Ensign/Lieutenant William Husker Adama (Luke Pasqualino - Musketeers ) is assigned as a Raptor pilot. He and his co-pilot must carry a gorgeous female scientist on a secret mission deep into Cylon territory.
This was produced as a web-series, with ten episodes of 12 minutes each. Later it was re-packaged as a made-for-TV movie. Many of the cast previously appeared in the other series, but they have been picked for ability rather than as a casting gimmick.