Mark Re-Watches ‘Battlestar Galactica’: Downloaded

OH MY GOD, I LOVE THIS EPISODE, AND RE-WATCHING IT MADE ME LOVE IT EVEN MORE. This is really one of the best written and acted stories in the whole BSG universe, and did you know I love D’Anna Biers? And Caprica Six! AND EVERYTHING GRACE PARK DOES FOREVER.

Anyway, here’s the video, which was commissioned by Mitchell: “Downloaded”

All Mark Watches videos can be found in this Dropbox folder.

I’m in a rush right now, as my flight to Chattanooga for ConNooga leaves very soon (AND OH MY GOD TOUR STARTS TODAY I AM SO EXCITED), so I’m keeping this brief so it can go up before they call my flight. What’s always been so fascinating about this show is how it works as a complicated examination of humanity. I made a comment in the original review that it seemed very ironic to me that the Cylons thought of themselves as superior to humanity, yet they constantly sought to replicate human behavior and human traditions. Religion, monotheism, the construction of cities, heroism… all of these things can be found in “Downloaded.” Which is important! Given what Caprica Six and Boomer come to realize at the end of this episode, it fits that we see the Cylons in a very intimate setting for the first time. While Caprica shows a more docile and humanized Cylon force, it’s these two Cylons who first introduce the idea that genocide of humanity was wrong.

Which, of course, led to a HOT MESS in season three and the whole Cylon occupation, but in this moment and in this episode, it’s such a treat to see this sort of character growth.

Anyway, I have about 5 minutes before I’m boarding, so discuss away! I HOPE THIS FLIGHT HAS INTERNET oh god.

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