Every time I think that Battlestar Galactica cannot get better they surprise me.These final episodes are well written, remarkably acted, and superbly produced. The shock on everyone's face when Ellen Tigh showed back up with Boomer was fantastic as was their continued surprise as she talked intelligently. I have noticed that she retains the same manipulative talents she showed as a human. I guess one of her main forms of entertainment over the millennia has been manipulating Saul.
Saul should have really mentioned the baby to Ellen. I mean, she was going to find out anyway. Her conversation with Caprica Six was catty. She was never trying to be good. Tory and her "pure cylon" and "13th tribe in original form" speech gave me shivers and not for a good reason. Whenever racial purity is talked about, bad things happen.
"I knew if I stayed away, you'd find the strength." Gaius is quick with the save-your-ass replies, isn't he? His scene in Dogtown with feeding the hungry was never about the hungry. It was about wresting back power from Paula. It was manipulation at its best. He and Ellen have that in common. Really this episode seemed all about manipulating others for your own benefit regardless of who gets hurt (which is generally the innocents).
Another thing, I've noticed is so few do the right things for the right reasons. In recent episodes, Gaius does the right things (feeding the hungry) for the wrong reasons (re-securing his power). Gaeta did the wrong things (killing, mutiny, etc) for the right reasons (protection of the fleet and the human race).
What was with the Six who was working on the ship? I thought that the Admiral had said that no cylons were supposed to be on the workforce. He kept walking past her and never noticing. Also, are they really fixing the ship? Galen and the others wanted to jump away from the fleet. Some of them would see it as practical to damage the ship further so they could not follow.
Poor Saul and Caprica. There is nothing worse than losing a child. Hopefully, Ellen will not capitalize on this to win Saul back. He is a better man with Caprica.
This week: Finally! We're going to see what is going on with Kara. I've been waiting for this since the season opener.
And we're creeping ever closer to the finale of Battlestar Galactica. This was the 5th episode in the final 10 or number 6 if you're counting down. It's bittersweet for me. I'm eagerly anticipating each new episode, but mourning the end of an excellent series. I'm also thankful this isn't like Lost. At least the creators are actually answering the questions they posed in earlier seasons and should cover everything before the final credits.
On to the episode commentary:
It makes sense that the final 5 are really the first 5, the creators of the other skin jobs. I had been puzzled with the thought that the original metal cylons would have created something that considered itself superior to them. That just never made any sense to me. I also like the notion that Ellen Tigh who was considered less than intelligent, grasping and a troublemaker was the cylon who made the leap that brought back resurrection.
The knowledge that there was an 8th original cylon is amazing.
Brother Cavil knowing all along who the 5 were was a shocker and it brought up many questions for me. Why does he know this and not the others? Did he wipe the 5 out of the memory of the others they created? Did he get extra pleasure of having sex with Ellen on New Caprica because of the knowledge that she thought she was human but he knew she was really a cylon? Why did he box and then corrupt the files of Daniel (number 7)? How far are they going to go with his whole Oedipal complex? I mean he was having sex with his mother and killed his father (well one of each).
He really came off as a pissed off, whiny teenager in the episode. He hates everyone because his life is not like he wants it. Boo hoo.
Is Kara going to pull life-support from Sam now that there is no brain activity? Is his consciousness still there in his body ready for download? Could Ellen fix that?
I had one wild, random thought about Kara. We still don't know what she is. Could she maybe be a child of the 5....well, 6 I guess it really is? What if maybe Daniel had a back up plan? He could have had a separate resurrection ship with copies of the first ones. If Kara was their child, she could have a copy there and it would explain how she came back. Of course, she could just be a collective hallucination for the fleet. Finding out will be fun.