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'Battlestar Galactica' recap: Shifting winds

Zarek and Gaeta join forces to take down Adama and Roslin, and Tyrol learns shocking news about his son

Battlestar Galactica

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”There is a languor of the life. More imminent than pain. Tis pain’s successor. when the soul has suffered all it can.”

Taken from one of the books that actually made it onto Adama’s shelves, that passage does a pretty good job of summing up what this episode of Battlestar Galactica was all about. If the Season 4.5 premiere was about staring into the abyss, then ”The Disquiet Follows My soul” is about seeing what’s on the other side. Now that Earth isn’t in the cards, where do we go from here? Do we pick up the pieces, or let them lay there, like so many volumes littering the floor of the Admiral’s quarters?

Hey, now…I forgot all about Tigh placing a bun in the Caprica-Six oven. The first fully Cylon child, and with it ”the Cylon Nation will survive.” With those five simple words, I think we see that there’s never going to be true unity between man and machine. When you start cohesively referring to yourself as a group separate from the whole, it betrays a mindset that, at its core, doesn’t believe in being a part of the whole. Try replacing ”Cylon” with ”Aryan” and you’ll get my drift.

(I can’t say how much I love that Cottle has no problem smoking in his sick bay. Seriously, I want a Doc Cottle show. I’d take him cranking his way through patients over House any day. If Sci Fi is looking for a BSG spin-off, that’s the one. Imagine Doc Cottle as the resident physician in the Colonial version of a Vegas casino. You’re welcome, Sci Fi. You can send me the check at the office.)

Speaking of Cylon babies, Nicky isn?t one! Tyrol’s not his father. Who is? Hot Dog, you horn-dog. I get the feeling that this is setting up a severing of all ties between Tyrol and Galactica. Ron Moore alluded to as much in his podcast commentary for ”Sometimes a Great Notion,” that the creative team had mulled a move for Tyrol to the Cylon baseship…this might be the first step in that direction. After all, without Nicky to be responsible for, why would he stay? The inviting atmosphere?

Something tells me this new nurse doesn’t have ”first do no harm” on her mind. But, then again, neither does Felix Gaeta. His experience while trapped in a raptor with a murderous Eight — go watch the ”Face of the Enemy” webisodes for more — was the icing on his particularly seditious cake. He can’t even keep from openly ridiculing Tigh in front of Adama. Felix is busier sowing discontent than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. (Insensitive, I know, but I couldn?t resist.)

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