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10 April 2008 @ 03:13 pm
BSG: He Hath Believeth In Me  
So, finally getting around to posting this.

I've now seen it most of three times and overall, I think this ep does a good job of closing off the cliffhanger and setting up the main arcs to come.



Entire Act One is awesome. We pick up right where we left off at CII with the Cylon Fleet and all those basestars and gazillions of Raiders, and Kara miraculously back. And just in case you might have entertained the idea that the Cylons were there on a peace mission (I did, early on in the HIATUS-OF-HELL), the first act blows that the hell out of the water.

And I'm sure some people think it's shallow or whatever, but I have now paused individual shots during the battle, and they're just GORGEOUS. The ships and the nebula behind them - the detail in small things that you can't even catch at full speed. Just breathtaking. So I urge everyone to PAUSE the space porn and admire the artistry. Because it is.

In the middle of this last-ditch effort, comes Tigh's nightmare: not just Adama falling, being shot, and dying (because Tigh's already done through that and he KNOWS how horrible it was), but it was HIS hand doing it, because he couldn't help it. And the nightmare keeps unspooling - the bridge crew reacts with horror and shock; Helo dashes around the table to take Tigh's ass down, (which is a nice moment that says Tigh doesn't really believe Helo's a Cylon sympathesizer). Until finally Adama's voice snaps him out of it. Makes Tigh's determination later that bit more ... desperate... that none of them betray their humanity, because deep inside, he knows full well that he has no control over it, even if he desperately wants that control.

So Anders is suiting up (and looking mighty FINE) even though he's totally freaking out. (NOTE: to everyone who thinks they forgot about Anders' leg -- he's limping during the talk, the rest of the time he only walks a few steps. yes, I looked for it. Be quiet.) Tyrol tells him to shut up and chill and do his job - and Sharon comes along and notices nothing. I don't think she will, until someone forcibly turns her attention toward the Five. She's still operating on a fundamental program of "don't think about them", and has ignored a lot of her other Cylon things in favor of living with the humans.

Anders takes a deep breath: "just like suiting up for a championship game." High school? College? C-Bucs? LOVES. Then Sam doesn't take the safeties off his guns, and the Raider he's pursuing flips and is going to attack, scans the Viper (maybe wondering what the hell is wrong with the Viper that it's not shooting?), and the Raider and Sam exchange Red Eyed Flashes of Cylonity. The Raider then closes his sensor eye, turns and flies toward base, probably screaming on all Cylon frequencies: "DISENGAGE! FINAL FIVE IN HUMAN FLEET!" Or, y'know, barking frantically, if they're more like animals, as Boomer said.

But it gets the message through very quickly (the Hybrids hear it and act, I guess), and the baseships jump away. Leaving the RTF very confused. "Maybe something changed," suggestes Tory. But she and Tigh have NO IDEA WHAT THAT COULD BE, because they're not totally suspicious or anything.

BUT SAM SAVES EVERYONE!!!!!!

I think it was asta77 who pointed out that if Kara hadn't died in the maelstrom, Sam wouldn't have followed her into being a pilot, and therefore wouldn't have been in a Viper to be scanned.... The RTF would be toast. The Cylons might never have known they were killing the Five (because they sure didn't hesitate to nuke the colonies or nearly nuking New Caprica). Which adds to my belief that the Four were completely invisible to the Cylons before activation - there was nothing to sense, by either a Humlon like Caprica or a Centurion. POSSIBLY a Raider. I'm less sure of that, because the only counterexample of the Raider Kara captured was sort of lobotomized and it's hard to say whether it would've recognized Tyrol or not...

Oh, and also, Baltar gets shuffled off by his group of cultists, right past Charlie Conner who looks extremely... interested in the passage of the former president. I liked that, cuz I knew bad shit was about to go down. I can see where if you didn't recognize him (and I gather a lot of people didn't), you kinda missed the metaphorical gun getting put on the wall, but I was waiting. So it added a bit of an edge to the Baltar stuff from the beginning, since I figured Charlie was gonna go after Baltar at some point. And boy, does he.

(credits) Frak, that was a whole lotta stuff.

Fortunately Kara's Miraculous Return from the Blown UP distracts everyone from skeevy behavior in their assistants. And it is pretty skeevy. But they're only a few hours into "OMG WE'RE CYLONS" so, y'know, it's not like they don't have a right to be paranoid and freaked out.

Kara is SO HAPPY that she's home and she knows the way to Earth, and she thinks everybody's going to be so excited. She apparently didn't notice while fighting Raiders outside that the Fleet is no longer anywhere near where she disappeared/died/whatever, so she has no idea why Lee and Sam are being all desperately clingy, and everyone else is looking at her like she's a ghost. She doesn't believe that two months have passed.

"Do you believe in miracles?" asks Tigh. Adama the atheist says no. That might be true, but he has a lot of faith - maybe not in a God(s) but in people, and that's what he's going to be leaning on soon enough, I suspect.

Kara knows where she's been but she doesn't know how, and it's the how that's suspicious. So Roslin nixes the whole "follow Kara to Earth" plan, but if she can find some coordinates, then we'll see. Her ship is totally unmarked, brand-new though, which is almost weirder than Kara coming back from the dead.

Meanwhile the Four gather to talk about Anders' experience with the Raider and decide that as long as they act human then they'll be human, and they can fight off malware. Which even though I happen to believe they don't HAVE malware in them, is a rather dangerous thing to believe. Sam - who has already experienced a case of possible malware infection - is dubious but goes along. I don't however doubt that if one of them DOES go off the rails, he's going to be first in line, either to shoot himself or someone else in the hed, because Sam is that hard-core when he has to be.

In the abandoned room Gaius introduces the concept of monotheism to his ready-made cult, because Head Six tells him to. With this episode, I am now CONVINCED she is an avatar. Because later in the bathroom, Paulla (that's Pipe Lady's name apparently) is getting strangled and the INSTANT Gaius swears he really means it, to kill him and spare the boy, Paulla is filled with spiritual ecstatic rage and proceeds to beat the crap out of both Charlie and his friend, until Gaius forcibly stops her. She even says that she could feel God's power flowing through her which, yeah, sounds a lot like maybe Head-Six might have been helping her out.

And later, Head-Six looks pleased with what she's wrought. And why not? For the measly price of the life of one boy, who might have gotten better anyway, she now has a cult subscribing to the One God and her own instrument of Gaius. She's spooky.

Briefly, the little scenes between Roslin and Caprica and the Adamas are really excellent, just quiet and lovely. And someone made the point at TWOP that OF COURSE the Galactica is letting Caprica look nice. They don't want her to turn into Gina. Hopefully they wash her clothes once in a while too, even if she doesn't get a new outfit. It also occurs to me that Roslin's wondering how the Fleet found them - well maybe IT's THE TRANSMITTER your prisoner is still wearing in her clothes, dummy? I mean, there's a reason when people go to jail they have to change into jail clothes, and part of that is because people can hide all sorts of shit in their clothes.

Anyway, onto more important things.


Hallway Scene of Glee and Despair:

So Kara's a bit pissy that no one took down her photo in the few hours she's been back (which isn't the tack I would've started this scene on myself; she could've just started into her freak out looking at the photo). And she checklists all the things she COULD be (a Cylon clone, grown from her missing ovary, etc), so we know that's NOT what she is. And Sam reassures her that no, if she was a Cylon, she's been one from the beginning.

And you know? They say that phrase SO MANY TIMES in this episode, I am suspicious that it's not true. Not that she's a Cylon, cuz no, but that the Four have been cylons all along. I mean, I grant that maybe it's just an attempt to close off the suspicion that they haven't been Cylons all along, but if so, it's working completely the opposite in me. Because all the people saying it (Tyrol, Roslin and Anders) hae no frakkin' CLUE what the Five are, so their opinions are suspect.

And he reassures her that he'd still love her. And while I'm sure he'd like to hear that back, so maybe he can tell her the truth, I don't think he says it JUST to get her to say it back. I think he means it, even if he weren't a Cylon. If Mister Resistance Dude can hug Sharon, he can damn sure live with the woman he loves being a Cylon too.

Then the Irony Ahoy anvil falls when Kara jokes that if he were a Cylon, she'd shoot him in the head. But before he can say anything or she can read how horribly her words just cut him, the fleet jumps again, and Kara freaks out. She takes out one of her guards, and Sam manages to take the other before Kara gets hurt, but he doesn't immediately volunteer where Roslin is (and hell, does he even know?) and Crazy Kara clocks him and runs off to find Roslin.

Which is crazy, but logical in a crazy sort of way: because if Roslin's the one keeping Adama from following Kara, then if she can force Roslin to tell Adama to follow Kara then all will be well. Except of course that Roslin would never ever in a million years let some crazy with a gun dictate what she says (which is why it's probably a good thing that Baltar was in charge of NC when the Cylons showed up or Laura would be dead)

So, Kara's holding a gun on Roslin to demand the fleet turn around. And we'll see very soon how many words it takes Roslin to say, frak you no way.




Next up: "Six of One". We know who the Six is, but who's the One?
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Allisonfrolicndetour on April 11th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Great review. You picked up on so much that I missed, including the bit with Tigh and Helo.

to everyone who thinks they forgot about Anders' leg -- he's limping during the talk, the rest of the time he only walks a few steps. yes, I looked for it. Be quiet.

Ah was he? I missed it. But then, I had forgotten about it until I saw other people complaining about it. It's good to know that there are others even more obsessed than I am?

I think it was asta77 who pointed out that if Kara hadn't died in the maelstrom, Sam wouldn't have followed her into being a pilot, and therefore wouldn't have been in a Viper to be scanned.... The RTF would be toast.

WOAH

(which is why it's probably a good thing that Baltar was in charge of NC when the Cylons showed up or Laura would be dead)

Well, if Roslin had been in charge, they never would have settled and no one would have died. ;p

Edited at 2008-04-11 04:18 am (UTC)
lizardbeth: Agathonslizardbeth_j on April 11th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
It's good to know that there are others even more obsessed than I am?

I just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy. So many people said he was perfectly fine and I was all, "but - but - I thought I saw--"

And also obsessed, yes. :)

Well, if Roslin had been in charge, they never would have settled and no one would have died. ;p

Point. :) But Mama ain't gonna take well to having a gun in her face, methinks, Kara OR Doral...

There's an interesting theory I've read about New Caprica which goes that BECAUSE Laura was no longer the Dying Leader (because she'd been 'cured' by Hera's blood), that's why the Fleet got sidetracked and everything went to shit. Once she started 'dying' again, they found the path again... So by that theory, assuming Roslin had kept going, they'd have found the EoJ and started that way earlier. What I wonder is if Kara would still have died. Interesting to think about.
Allisonfrolicndetour on April 11th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
I just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy. So many people said he was perfectly fine and I was all, "but - but - I thought I saw--"

NO NO NO, I didn't mean you. I meant the complainers.

But Mama ain't gonna take well to having a gun in her face, methinks, Kara OR Doral...

*angsts* I said in my own review that it looked like she was smiling in that last scene there, and someone replied that they thought she was smiling ever so slightly because she'd decided to take a less hard-line with Kara after her chat with SIx. OH KARA WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO YOURSELF????

That *is* an interesting theory. Heh - maybe it's like the Slayer. Roslin was healed so Kara's destiny kicked in, only NOW THERE ARE TWO and THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE... and.... (my capslock addiction gets worse when I'm tired. ;)


lizardbeth: Anders-streamlizardbeth_j on April 11th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
It's okay; I AM Obsessed. :D

Roslin was healed so Kara's destiny kicked in, only NOW THERE ARE TWO and THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE... and....

SO THEN THERE MUST BE WAR!!

hee.

But. It makes me thinky. (Heck it's the first truly NEW theory I've heard in I don't know how long) New Cap and Leoben constantly harping on her destiny did occur during the gap... Without that... hm.
entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on April 11th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
My money's on Mom to take Kara's head, though.

But Sam will be pissed, he was looking forward to being alive with her for a good millenium.
Signal to Noise: Battlestar Kara Ponytailun4scene on April 11th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you wrote this up, pointed out some texture I'd missed in my initial viewing.

Been having a tough time reconnecting with the show after living through season 3, but there are still remnants of characters I really cared for and stubborn me wants to see it to the end.
lizardbeth: Kara-Anders S4lizardbeth_j on April 12th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh good. I'm glad "my thoughts, let me show you them" was useful/interesting. And this was kind of the short version... ;)

Part of my great love for this show is the speculation and what it all means. Even if it turns out to mean nothing, the spec is part of my fun.

I am also Queen of the Handwave, which helps a lot. ;)