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'Battlestar Galactica': The beginning of 'Daybreak'

The flashbacks were nice on "Battlestar Galactica" -- anything to satisfy the fans' insatiable desire for Roslinmore backstory about their favorite characters -- but I was worried.  Then right when I was about to go a bit crazy, like Laura-Roslin-in-the-fountain crazy, we were shifted back to present time in the there and then.

Not at all saying that they weren't great scenes. Roslin throwing her sister a baby shower, only to wake up later to have police inform her that her father, little sister and pregnant sister were killed by a drunk driver.  Her reaction was silent, internal, touching, symbolic and brave all in one action. But, and don't get mad, we know who Roslin is, and after three  seasons we may not have needed to see what helped shape her in this, the second to last episode.

Gaius Baltar.  His dad seemed like such a fun old guy, but you never know what parents and children have been through privately to shape their relationship. Baltar yelled at his dad pretty harshly for scaring off his third nurse.  He also had Caprica Six by his side, and she even helped out his poor old dad. So, basically, we got to see Baltar living a life of excess (limos and pretty women), and being selfish and belittling towards his own dad.  But, did we need to see that?  Did anyone think Gaius was some kind of heroic figure before the Cylons attacked?

Lee 'Apollo' Adama / Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace.  Cool to see Zack, Bill Adama's other son, alive and well and happily dating Kara.  No revelations here, or in Lee's I-know-why-the-caged-bird-sings moment in his apartment ("...frakking bird!"). Metaphorically, I think everyone got it.

Back in the current time and place, Laura is beginning to embrace her fate and doesn't want to take any more pain meds. Maybe we were shown the flashback earlier because Laura will see members of her family soon, spiritually and/or psychically?

Cavil

Surprisingly (according to Athena), Hera's still alive and whole as Cavil and his fellow Cylons figure out how best to extract the information they need.  As the saw makes its sounds, I keep thinking 'if you all are so smart and innovative, why can't you get all the info you need from Hera's blood'?  Why the need to chop her up?Ejo_2

Meanwhile, preparations to get off of the aging Galactica are underway.  It's during this prep and last look around on the wall of the dead for Admiral Adama, that he is struck with the idea that they need to mount a rescue mission for little Hera.

It's most likely a suicide mission, so it's volunteer.  Adama and Starbuck dramatically divide the ship's docking bay into two sections, and we have to wait to see who'll be on which side.  After having earlier asked Lee Adama for a spot on the new governing council, and being told that he was too selfish, Gaius contemplates which side he should be on.

Helo needs no contemplation.  The distraught father, who earlier met with Chief Tyrol and Athena separately, is finally getting the full scale help that he asked for a couple of episodes ago.  But will the search for one little girl, arguably the most important being in the universe, doom the human race?

People

This episode was a tease.  An angry, unnecessary tease setting up what will be the ultimate battle. It's hard to criticize a show that is about the be over, but this episode strung us along with bits and pieces of a past that may or may not matter in the grand scheme.  Did it offer us more insight into the characters?  Sure.  It showed how the characters dealt with adversity when not faced with the pressures of deep space or having the lives of thousands in their hands. And ultimately, which side of the deck they would step on. Did it advance the overall plot? Of course, but not much, and not enough when facing the end of such a great and revered series.

After three years of fighting off the enemy, being conquered by the enemy, fighting back and crippling the enemy, then joining the enemy, "Battlestar Galactica" comes to an end next week.  We will try to bring you more thoughts from some of the cast and crew, leading up to a chat Friday in which we can all air grievances and heap praise upon this once-in-a-generation show.

-- Jevon Phillips

Photos: SciFi.com

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Patience, Jevon, patience...

Thank you for calling out Ron Moore and his team. This episode is a cruel tease, and a complete waste of time. I am anticipating the end of this series, but now, with filler like this, I find myself wanting it, as well. Too bad.

I found the ep to be utterly fascinating, and the bits of backstory illuminating.

I'm sure the second and third hours of Daybreak will show us the importance of the first hour.

I just can't wait to see what happens next [and last...]!

Yeah, BSG was very good seasons 1- 3; season 4 a near complete mess as far as pacing and dramatic tension. Do we really need character development with two eps to go? I mean, do we not already know these characters incredibly well....

Season 4 has been so upsetting.....

My guess: either the Galactica ship or Cylon ship or both are going to end up in the black hole.

I Google-landed at this site after watching the "Islanded in a Stream of Stars" episode, and being so blown away by the amazingly exceptional quality of work that this show now achieves routinely, as BSG winds down into its final episodes, I felt compelled to comment on my witnessing the emergence of a fierce and blinding brilliance as the show's collective talent rapidly accelerates through its final stage of compression and emerges into full Super-Nova status!
The joy of knowing what a long strange trip it has been for science fiction on television to reach this pinacle of artistic achievement so overwhelmed me, that it literally brought tears to my eyes. As I reminisced about how, over the years going back to the Star Trek of late 60's, when I marched with my 500 fellow Caltech Trekkies outside NBC's Burbank studios to protest rumors of cancellation, I came to realize how much I have always cherished those special science fiction creations that were able to raise a few serious issues and force some engagement with the tough questions about just what it means to be a human being.
That night in Burbank, we fans were desperate to hang on to our one shining light of a good TV SciFi show. Back then, to imagine the extent to which SciFi has now come to be such a dominating force in the relam of television and movie productions was unthinkable. But even more unthinkable would have been to imagine the stellar level of production acheivement we are all witnessing with the unfolding of BSG's final episodes. I am so moved in my appreciation of the collective efforts given by every single contributor, at every level, to the creation of the entire BSG series, that I just had to give voice to these feelings and hope they will somehow reach those who most deserve to hear this praise. May you all move on to equally amazing and inspiring projects. All the Best!
-RRLedford

Uhh, there are two more episodes left of Battlestar Galactica!

Matt, couldn't agree more. Battlestar was great, but the past two seasons have been dreadful. Remember when Moore and company told SciFi they wanted to end the show because they had run out of ideas? They've proved that with every episode.

How could anyone take a series with a setup like this and run out of ideas? When writing the finale, we were told it should be about the relationships, not the action. Wow. If we wanted a relationship show, we'd watch something else. If Moore wanted to helm a relationship show, he should have chosen another.

Am I the only fan who wonders what Bryan Singer would have done with this show for Fox if he had continued? I think he would have done this show justice. Are we so starved for great scifi that we are forced to praise Moore's effort? I for one think Moore and crew have nearly ruined what I thought was an incredible story ripe for remake since the late 70s original: 12 planets destroyed, last remaining humans chased across the universe by the machines they created on a search for Earth.

How many episodes did we have to watch Adama drinking or see repeated lengthy shots of nothing happening? Is this suppose to pass as storytelling? As art? I'm baffled.

When we finally reach Earth, there is a little tidbit that Cylons were already on Earth and everything was destroyed. My heart rushed. Will we see a final season that capitalizes on this? Nope. Just more meandering crap passed off as plot development: a song that Cylons hear, an unbelievably tedious buildup to a nearly meaningless reveal on who the "final 5" would be, etc.

I for one can't wait until this excruciating ordeal of a show is finished. As weak as the original series was, it shined in ways Moore's version did not.

They'll go into the blackhole and be taken back to a past earth where hera and caprica and gaius will live happily every after in a modern Earth society.

A couple of times in the last few episodes I have asked myself "where are they going with this plotline" but I have not been dissuaded from my believe that this show is amongst the finest on tv. The architecture of Caprica "before the fall" was stunning. The glass-roofed structure panned over just before Baltar's limo came into view was particulary remarkable. Caprica's likeness to a future Earth is fascinating and I'm looking forward to the new series. And speaking of Baltar's limo, when Caprica Six looped her silky hosed leg over Baltar's thigh and kissed him - my goodness gracious - and those killer pumps she was rocking? Sexy. Tricia Helfer was scrumptious in that scene. My question for the finale - what role will the singularity play? Will it somehow lead them to Earth in a time it was habitable? My favorite sci-fi series finale was ST-Voyager - liked it better than ST-NG (which, curiously, involved a singularity which brought Voyager home). I look forward to seeing how BSG measures up. And by the way, I much prefer the re-imagined BSG to the original, which I thought was waaay over-rated compared to the Brit's "Space:1999" and "UFO".

The name of the Show is BATTLEstar Galactica...with the emphasis on Battle..Adama is the Captian of the Galactica. Most all crewmembers are Soldiers...Anybody that knows anything about the Navy know that Captians, Saliors and Marines LOVE their ships. They refer to their ship as SHE and HER...its not romantic love...its Mother and Sister love...as such they will defend their ships againt assault with the same courage, feriocity and mercilessness they would their Mothers and Sisters...read the history of the final battles of the warships "Bismark", "Scharnhorst" And the "Yamato" And the Brave "Atlanta" crusier and its Flotilla of Destroyers that sailed bravely and Tragically against Japanese Battleships. Without exception the Captians and 90% of the Crews went down with their beloved ships...all turning at bay against a numerically superior Enemy..So it is with The Battlestar Galactica ..all the intrique, in fighting, soap-operaques cliques, nothing matters now only that The Galactica is dying and missing a crewmate (Boomer!) and a child civilian (Hera).."Leave No Man Behind" rings in the ears of all frontline soldiers. The writers have come full circle..this final episode will show all the characters Adama, Lee, Starbuck, Tigh, Roslin, Helo, Tyrol (maybe even Blatar!) and the rest for what they REALLY are! Nothing more, nothing less plainly, simply, SOLDIERS!



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