Sunday, March 15, 2009

Battlestar Galactica Series Fraktacular “Daybreak” Part 1

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The series finale “fraktacular” of Battlestar Galactica (SciFi) began this past Friday with part one of a three hour episode titled “Daybreak.” This last season, the series did a wonderful job of bringing the many years and many pieces of the puzzle together. While watching this one hour episode (which will lead up to the two hour finale on Friday, March 20 at 9:00 PM on SciFi), I found myself wondering what took them so long to bring in the back story of the Capricans before the Cylons destroyed their world. It added another dimension to the show that I had not seen in quite some time.

During the flashbacks, we discover that Bill Adama (Edward James Olmos) seems to be having his arm twisted to attend an event. Baltar is starting his fling with who we later know as Six (Tricia Helfer), while he tries to take care of his father, who seems to be a crotchety old man that Baltar treats like he’s unwanted baggage. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace (Katee Sackhoff) is cooking a dinner for her beau, Zak Adama (Tobias Mehler) and is meeting his brother Lee “Apollo” Adama (Jamie Bamber) for the first time. Lee later battles a pigeon that somehow got into his apartment. We also find that before Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) became president, she had a happy life with her two younger sisters, one of which is soon to have a baby. Sadly, she finds that her sisters and father were killed in a car crash by a drunk driver, sending Roslin over the edge for a while.

But reality soon sets in, and we see that in the present that Roslin is dying, and the Galactica is being evacuated. Baltar wants his people to have representation and argues with Lee, and Lee doubts Baltar’s sincerity, accusing him of never doing a selfless thing in his life. Kara is trying to figure out the meaning of the mysterious melody that her father taught her years ago and some of the Cylons hear in the heads, looking for a math solution. She and Bill Adama plug back in Sam (Michael Trucco) in order to get a clue from him. Afterwards, we find that Adama has decided that they have to go after Hera, since Sam gave them clues to her location. Hera – the first human/Cylon child - had been kidnapped by Boomer (Grace Park) and taken to Cavil (Dean Stockwell), who plans to study her body. Adama and Kara put a line of red tape on the floor of the deck and he asks for volunteers for the mission to save Hera. Those who want to go on what will likely be a one way mission are asked to stand on one side of the tape, and those that want to stay to stand on the other. It seemed that Baltar had chosen to stay, although it’s possible that he later crossed over the line.

There is one big problem, however. The Cylon colony where Hera is being held is located next to a naked singularity – a black hole. There is also only one viable jump point for the Galactica to enter there, and it’s well guarded.

This means that we are probably in for an exciting two hour finale.

I don’t want to over-analyze the little snippets of the lives we have seen of the Capricans during the flashback. Roslin clearly has no family left,she dying, and therefore nothing to lose, which is possibly why she tags along on the mission to save Hera. Lee’s pigeon could very well symbolize the eventual death of his brother Zak (a wild bird that gets into someone’s home has often thought to be the harbinger of death). Adama hated to be called on to attend something he clearly doesn’t want to, but now he is asking his crew to go on a mission which may cost them their lives. Baltar was a slimy schemer on Caprica, and can he really change and do anything that won’t benefit him? Will Kara find out the secret to all in the music, and find out how she seemed to have died and then come alive once again?

Hopefully, all out questions will be answered in the finale. I have to say that, even despite the season when the show just seemed to drag and go nowhere, I think I am sorry to see the it go.

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