In the twelfth episode of the first season of Battlestar Galactica, SHIT JUST GOT SO UNBELIEVABLY REAL. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Battlestar Galactica.
WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED?
I refuse to process any of this. It’s just…holy shit.
SHIT JUST GOT REAL MOMENTS
Found Entirely in ‘Kobol’s Last Gleaming, Part I’
- THAT COLD OPEN. I loved how silent it largely was, moving from scene to scene to show us what these different parties were up to post “Colonial Day.” It was done incredibly well and was one hell of a way to set up all the pieces that would fall apart during the course of this first half of the season one finale.
- STARBUCK HAD SEX WITH BALTAR. WHAT. I mean, it does make sense, and Starbuck’s own insistence on believing that nothing can go right for her would lead her to sabotage the one relationship that IS going extremely well. BUT OMG ~drama~
- STARBUCK CALLED BALTAR “LEE.” oh shit OH SHIT.
- Boomer. 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 Oh my god, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Cylon human models are about as human as anyone could be, as I can’t imagine anything more human than despair. Oh, Boomer. Your story is so sad.
- Roslin has six months to live. WHY IS THERE SO MUCH TRAGEDY IN ONE EPISODE.
- Boomer and Crashdown discover a new planet! It’s not earth, but its composition implies that humans could survive there.
- BALTAR REJECTS SIX. Again, Six’s reaction to this shows me that the Cylons are absolutely capable of human emotion on a genuine scale. She’s clearly hurt and dejected from this. I’m also fascinated by it on a personal level for Baltar. He is being used by those around him. Yes, Baltar is an asshole, a self-serving one at that. But it’s also true (and not mutually exclusive) that so many parties, Six included, use the doctor for their own needs. It’s a careful balance between the two, but I think the writers pull it off well.
- CHRIST, HELO SHOOTS BOOMER. Oh my god, I am going to start sobbing WHY IS HER STORY SO DEPRESSING.
- ROSLIN HAS A VISION OF THE CITY OF THE GODS ON KOBOL.
- No, wait THEY FUCKING FOUND KOBOL, THE BIRTHPLACE OF MANKIND. oh. OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD.
- Oh my god the Arrow of Apollo and the Tomb of Athena oh my god. (Also, I initially thought the Arrow of Apollo was Apollo’s ship.
- ahhhhhhhh that goddamn scene between Baltar, Six, and Boomer. Oh my fucking heart, so brilliantly acted, and with a wonderful subtext about love, morality, and responsibility. Baltar defies Six and tells Boomer that she should follow her heart and do what feels right, not what she feels obligated to do. It’s a message to himself, in a way, but I’m not sure he’s going to follow his own advice.
- BOOMER SHOOTS HERSELF. OH MY GOD.
- How does this show continually give us intensely awkward scenes between its characters? I don’t know if this is quite as bad as the dinner scene with Ellen Tigh, but when Lee and Starbuck fight, Lee clearly jealous that Starbuck had sex with her, it’s ENTIRELY AWFUL. Mom and dad are fighting MAKE IT STOP.
- THE PUNCHES. Oh my god, they are both so well-timed and sudden and they made me curl up in terror. WHY CAN’T THEY JUST GET ALONG oh god. Why are they both acting so terribly, and why is Lee being SO IRRITATING ABOUT THIS? It’s not like they were in a monogamous relationship, and you certainly hadn’t made moves on her, so SHUT UP, LEE.
- Ugh, BOOMER MISSED. SHE DID NOT KILL HERSELF. How heartbreaking is her scene with
- THERE ARE ATHEISTS! Ok, well, maybe that’s a very western word and perhaps it doesn’t even exist in this universe at all, but I was really excited to see two different non-believers in this universe (Adama and Billy), and even two different sets of believers (Roslin and Elosha, and Starbuck). The writers have taken the vast landscape of possible religious belief and tried to represent it faithfully, and I really adore that. Not all atheists or non-believers are the same, and not all religious folk are the same, and we’ve now scene very different degrees of that in these characters. Still, it’s nice to see non-belief represented so well in just a single episode! Even more interesting than that, it’s setting up an obvious conflict between Adama and Roslin.
- A;LKSDJFA;LSKFDJSA;DLFKFD THE RAPTORS ARE ATTACKED BY CYLONS AND THERE IS A BASESTAR AND ONE IS DESTROYED AND THE ONE WITH CRASHDOWN, CALLY, AND BALTAR CRASHES ON KOBOL AND THE SCENE IS SO INTENSE AND OH MY GOD WHAT IS GOING ON.
- Starbuck’s plan–while dangerous–is BRILLIANT. Use the Cylon’s own ship against them. HEAD EXPLOSION. Oh god, I love you, Starbuck.
- LEE. STARBUCK JUST APOLOGIZED TO YOU. WHEN WILL SHE EVER DO THAT AGAIN. CHRIST, JUST ACCEPT IT.
- I mean, seriously, WORST PLACE TO END EVER. EVER. EVER. Starbuck is convinced by Roslin–because Adama lied to her–to head to Caprica. SHE IS GOING TO GODDAMN CAPRICA. Oh my god, what if she gets Helo? OH MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK.
THIS GODDAMN SHOW. Do you realize how unprepared I am? OH MY GOD. I’m actually completely into this idea that Roslin might actually be part of this cyclical nature of life. It’s not so much a prophecy as it is a pattern, at least as much as I understand it here. It echoes Conoy’s words, too. Was he legitimately telling the truth? What if this is all a part of some greater con that we don’t know about?
Oh god, how are they going to rescue those on Kobol? What about the Cylon basestar? With Starbuck gone with the only Cylon Raider, did she just doom everyone else? AHHHHHHHHHH MUST KEEP WATCHING AHHHHHHHH.