Welcome, ye Colonials and Cylons, to this week’s recap of Battlestar Galactica! While this might go without saying, there are literally nothing but spoilers ahead, so if you’ve just discovered BSG due to the Glory of Netflix, go away and come back later after you’ve watched this episode! Also, unfortunately, trigger warning for discussion of rape down near the end of the post.
Previously, on Battlestar Galactica: (as said by Commander Adama. I’ve always wondered if there’s some sort of significance as to which actor says “previously,” or if they just rotate. I’m going to start keeping track, and we shall see.) Anyway. Previously, it’s all about Sharon ““ Lee doesn’t like the fact that a human could love a Cylon, Tyrol’s happy that it’s not his kid she’s carrying, Sharon loves Hot Hot Helo best (so say we all!), and Chief Tyrol has built a new stealth fighter.
Currently, President Roslin’s aboard, and there’s something that looks like a Cylon baseship on the radar. Vipers are scrambled, but then Gaeta says that he’s getting Colonial transponder signals on the communications. Tigh thinks it’s the Cylons using their own comm signals against them, but Adama has other ideas ““ he hails the other ship.
And the other ship responds, and they are the Battlestar Pegasus! They send over authentic recognition codes, and then their Admiral gets on the comm. system ““ she and Adama recognize each other. GALACTICA IS NOT THE ONLY BATTLESHIP THAT SURVIVED. And all of a sudden we’re apparently in Pegasus’ Command and Control center, which, for the record, looks a lot shinier than Galactica’s. Everyone’s giddy. It’s a miracle, it’s a dream, it’s awesome.
Credits! Only five minutes in, this time. This is an appropriate time for the credits to play.
A landing party from Pegasus arrives on Galactica. Tigh and Tyrol are shouty and nervous, as is everyone. Some Marines and Viper pilots disembark, and then Admiral Cain arrives. After a brief pause at yes, the Secretary of Education is in fact now the President, Cain welcomes Galactica back to the fleet. Which, what? They are the fleet. Still, everyone explodes with applause and hugging.
Later, the president, Adama and Cain are sitting in Adama’s quarters, and we get some lovely plot exposition (it had to go somewhere). Cain explains that the Pegasus has been attacking the Cylon fleet, and while Cylon-hunting, stumbled upon Galactica (which, really? It’s a big universe.) They escaped the Cylon attack because they were in a shipyard for repairs when the nukes went off, and then jumped away immediately ““ though they lost 700 men (and women, presumably.) We then learn that Admiral Cain outranks Commander Adama, and she will be taking command over the entire fleet. Roslin leaves, and Cain manages to be respectfully derisive of Roslin, if such a thing is possible. Cain claims it gives her no joy to take over command.
Somewhere else, Tigh is getting drunk with the dude who I’m assuming is Pegasus’ XO, Tigh’s counterpart. They are bonding. And Tigh learns that Cain is either ruthless or crazy ““ she shot her XO because he refused to relay an order. Or did she? Pegasus’ XO (who will have a name soon, I hope) bursts out laughing as soon as he’s concluded his story, saying he’s just joking. Is he?
On the flight deck, things are not going well. Starbuck mocks the Pegasus pilots, who apparently stencil an outline of a Cylon raider onto their Viper for every raider they’ve killed. Lee gets a talking-to from Pegasus’s CAG, reinforcing the fact that Cain is now in charge.
Baltar is talking to Cain, who asks him to interrogate the Cylon they’ve got on board the Pegasus. Tyrol and Callie chat with Laird, Pegasus’ deck chief. He was an aerospace engineer, a civilian, and somehow wound up becoming the deck chief on Pegasus. Roslin and Adama have a more informal conversation than we usually see them having, about how Adama’s dealing with Cain’s assuming command. It was a sweet interaction, and I like how Cain’s appearance has made them closer.
Tigh tells Adama what the XO of Pegasus told him, about shooting an officer in front of the crew. Adama, who is holding a stack of log books, points out that they’ve shot down civilians and done other unsavory things as well. Tigh wants to see Cain’s logs, but it doesn’t work that way. I get a bad feeling about Cain, and for once, Tigh’s cynical grumpiness is perfectly appropriate.
Baltar is on Pegasus, about to question the Cylon prisoner they’ve got. Head Six shows up to tease him. They find out together that the Cylon model they’re holding prisoner is a Six, and she looks horrible. She is dressed in rags, bruised, shackled, and bound, even within the cell. Head Six and Baltar are both aghast. They go into her cell, and she’s unresponsive. Head Six says she’s been abused and tortured, and with tears in her eyes, begs Gaius to help. He says he will, but would like Head Six to go away for a minute. She does. Baltar updates Cain on the Cylon, stating that her lack of response is mainly from mental trauma, rather than physical harm. He requests permission to use “the carrot, rather than the stick,” which Cain allows.
Cain then discusses Adama’s log books, saying he’s been through a lot, but doesn’t question him too hard on anything. She explains that the Cylons she was tracking were apparently following Galactica, and those Cylons, comprised of a group of ships, have a giant suspicious ship with them of which they’re very protective. Adama and Cain decide on a joint mission to take it out. Speaking of missions, Cain is going to integrate the crews of the two ships, and she’s starting by taking Lee and making him part of Pegasus. Adama looks respectfully furious, and says that he has a team that works well together, but Cain cuts him off. She says having Lee as CAG has been a huge mistake. According to her, Adama is too close to his officers, who are insubordinate and disrespectful.
Not only is Lee transferred to Pegasus, but so is Starbuck. They both protest, and Adama reminds them to follow orders. Apparently, things are not allowed to slide anymore. Over on Pegasus, the CAG there is briefing the Viper pilots about the giant suspicious Cylon ship, and outlines an attack plan that Starbuck thinks is bogus. She says so, and says they should use the stealth fighter, and the CAG throws her off the mission. Plus, Lee’s piloting a Raptor rather than a Viper, which is apparently insulting. Lee, who, it turns out, can be adorable even when he is fully dressed, sneaks Starbuck a bunch of surveillance equipment, and tells her to go get the Blackbird from last week and take pictures of the giant suspicious Cylon ship.
Back on Galactica, Pegasus’ deck hands are taking part in some of Tyrol’s home-brewed booze, and things get really horrible, really quickly. Even though I mentioned it above, I’m going to repeat that trigger warning here for discussion of rape and attempted rape, because this shit gets kind of horrible. The Pegasus crew manages to imply that they’ve been regularly raping their Cylon prisoner, without ever actually using those words, of course. Still, sick and twisted and UGH WHAT THE HELL HAS BEEN GOING ON ON PEGASUS?!
To make matters worse, we cut to Sharon, whose cell has just been opened to allow in an officer from Pegasus. Frak. Callie yells at the Pegasus crew and stalks off (go Callie!) and we go back to Sharon, who’s now being held up by the throat as the Pegasus officer demands information about the giant suspicious Cylon ship. The Pegasus crew tell Tyrol and Helo that Lieutenant Thorne, who’s in charge of “Cylon Interrogation” is with Sharon right now, and, well, the Pegasus crew member seem excited by the idea of Thorne raping Sharon. Helo is about to beat up these guys (which they so richly deserve) but Tyrol tells him they’ve got to go, and they run out and down to the brig. Sharon is indeed about to be raped, but Tyrol and Helo rush in and pull Thorne away from her. I think there’s probably some element of “they got to her just before it was too late” that’s supposed to be assumed here, but from my point of view, what just happened to Sharon was still pretty fucked up in its own right. I’m deliberately not describing it here. Anyway, Thorne gets thrown into a wall, and hits the side of his head on a protruding bolt. Good. Helo and Tyrol start to beat up everyone else, but the Pegasus crew have guns and they don’t. As Sharon cries, they discover Thorne’s dead, and Tyrol and Helo are arrested.
Cain insists that Tyrol and Helo are tried on Pegasus, something to which Adama strongly objects.
Meanwhile on Pegasus, Baltar is trying to be nice to the Six imprisoned there, and now we know some of the hell that she’s been through. To be honest, I really don’t like Baltar in general, but this is one of his better moments. He tells this Six about his relationships with a Six before the war, and because of how important she was to him, he is going to help her now. It’s genuine AND not self-serving, which is rare for him. Imprisoned Six starts to eat and cry. Baltar cries too.
Lee is piloting the Raptor for the Pegasus recon mission. He’s worried about Helo and Tyrol, but apparently that’s not supposed to be his problem. On Galactica, Tigh informs Adama that Helo and Tyrol have both been found guilty and are sentenced to death. Adama orders Marines and fighters. After a bad phone call with Cain, both Cain and Adama launch Vipers.
TO BE CONTINUED.