BSG 4 – Escape Velocity Episode Review

Posted: May 8, 2008 in Scifi
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Opening teaser starts with the wake for the late Cally. Once again, Roslin and Adama had a brief exchange which was morbid and yet, makes perfect sense. Since Roslin liked the memorial service it was important for Adama to know this since she is expecting her demise in the near future. Since I went to a Storytelling Workshop last week, the presenter told the audience of the last moments she had with her mother. The one day she dropped by her mother’s house unexpected, she did anything her mother wanted to do that day. Her mother chose to pick out her coffin, plot and the dress to be buried in. The presenter said that this one of the best days she had with her mother. This creeped me out because I know that I will be losing a parent one day and yet, I don’t know what the arrangements should be. So, to hear Roslin utter to Adama the type of service she wants takes a great deal of the burden off him and shows how ready she is to leave this life behind.

Next we jump to see Tigh deny Six visitation rights to the half breed child. He then see Ellen in place of Six wearing the same slinky black dress and sexy dishelved hairstyle. Tigh freaks out and leaves the cell as quickly as he entered. We see Tigh and Tory over at Chief’s place. This Galaxy Trio is now a splintered group as each of them is dealing with major personal issues. The one thing, actually two things that I caught my attention was Chief’s baby crying. As Chief said that he probably needed to be changed, TIgh gave this look to Tory as if to say, “Well, that’s woman’s work.” Well he didn’t and off Grandpa Tigh went to calm junior. As Chief and Tory talked, the kid was quiet all of a sudden. I immediately thought of what Six did to the small infant by snapping its neck on Caprica right before the massive Cylon attack and yet, what made junior so quiet?

What seemed to be a constant running of back and forth through out the episode, Tigh finally gets something that he was looking for. Although the removing of the eye patch and Six/GIna/whatever beating the crap out of him was pretty disturbing. From what I gathered, there was a need to feel something even if it was these hard punches to his face. He probably felt alive in those moments since his capture back on New Caprica. Go back to Cally’s confession, from the last epsiode, to Doc Cottle about almost wanting Chief to hit her again so she could feel something again starts to make more sense in that context.

After the teaser, we move right into the Texas compound Baltar’s harem where Tory is revving up her inner robot desire by attacking Baltar with a combination of pain and pleasure. Is Tory the new Terminatrix? Bough down and polish my feet so I can see my Cylon reflection she would have said to Baltar but there was a raid. As usual, Baltar runs and hides to save himself.

Later, Chief is back at work but flashes back to memories of Cally. For one brief moment, I was hoping that this would not turn out to be a bottle show were we see full flashbacks to eat up the time. The scene was short but as Racetrack took the Raptor out of the shuttlebay and then she started to experience trouble. She had to return to Galactica and the landing was not pretty. I do have a nerdy question about this. Since the ship was in space, wouldn’t it have been better to simply turn off the engines and just drift. The vipers could have surrounded the ship and acted like bumpers to prevent crashing into any other ship? Aside from that, the Raptor crashed into another support vechile on the launch bay and fire was set ablaze. Several moments later, the Raptor looks no where near the damage it should have been, the interior had no torchmarks, and we see Racetrack and her co-pilot alive and without any scratches. WHAT THE FRELL FRAK?! Several scenes later, the Chief get himself demoted by Adama on purpose. This definitely goes into the right mind set of a good man thinking that he is bad and worthless. Reminds of a Tears for Fears song, “Badman Song.” Not to go on about a past relationship but there was a very dark time in my life were this song just spoke to me about my troubled times being single:

Guilt in the frame of the looking-glass
Puts a shine on the mind where reflections pass
Where the jigsaw pieces of a broken man
Try and fit themselves together again
Lies in disguise in the name of trust
Put your head in the sand it will turn to dust !
What’s your problem ? What’s your curse ?
Won’t it make the matter worse ?

In my head there is a mirror
When I’ve been bad, I’ve been wrong
Food for the saints that are quick to judge me
Hope for a Badman
This is the Badman’s Song

Zoom back to Baltar, he has a “I am mad as HELL and I’m not going to take it anymore” bravado and storms in on a service. He spouts the belief that the father of the Gods Zeus is an ethereal rapists which knowing some Greek mythology is true. He knocked things over and causing a ruckus and then I saw some draw this picture of what looks to be a bird. I wondered about the connection to Baltar and then it hit me. Working in a bookstore, I became very familiar with book jacket covers and one image has always stuck in my mind, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Click on the name and you can see the image on wikipedia. So, I started to think if there was a connection to the story and Baltar. Here a quick plot summary from wikipedia:

The novel tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who is bored with the daily squabbles over food and seized by a passion for flight. He pushes himself, learning everything he can about flying, until finally his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion from his flock. An outcast, he continues to learn, becoming increasingly pleased with his abilities as he leads an idyllic life.

I do see a correlation to how Baltar is not conforming to the common beliefs of multiple Gods. In many ways, one by one the flock of seagulls, not the 80’s band, is growing and later in the show Roslin does make the argument to point out how dangerous a man in Baltar’s position will be with blind religious devotion.

Stepping back a bit before the Quorum meeting with Roslin, Adama and the President share a quick moment that once again carry a great deal of weight. Adama thought that he was late for Roslin’s treatment. He had a new book picked out with also had a bird reference in the title, hmmm, and gives this tidbit of not finishing the book because he doesn’t want it to end. Nice touch. Reminded me of When Harry Met Sally and how Harry would always jump to the end of the book because he wanted to know how it ended in case he died. Interesting takes on the power of books on people. 

Many scenes later, we see Baltar getting the snot beaten out of him by the guard who will not let him pass back to the “compound.” What is getting to be worn thin is the relationship between Baltar and Six in his head. We keep getting this back and forth notion that everytime he is talking to Six everyone else can see him talking to nothing. However, when Baltar was knocked to the ground he appeared to be picked up and from the backside of Baltar it appear this was the case except that no one could see Six. Now, I am very curious about this one shot because we are always led to believe that Baltar had this mental connection to Six where every he went. After this stint, could there be a new Cylon model with some type invisible ability and that only Baltar can see just like in Harvey? This would explain a couple of things in previous episodes where Baltar appeared to be being pulled by Six or being manhandled.

Overall, the episode was decent but not entirely thrilling either. The reason I wrote so much in the last couple of entries is because there is nothing really else on and that is really sad to say.

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