This is pretty much nothing but spoilers, y’all.
Man, this shit is really coming to an end, isn’t it? It’s hard to believe, especially since season 4.5 has been so unbelievably good through and through. Even that one meh-ish episode was still really great, right? How are you dealing with the pain? Equally important, how are our favorite humans and cylons dealing with the pain? Let’s check in, shall we?
Lee Adama once again has to get snippy with the quorum members, who are all eager to strip Galactica of her supplies before she’s even gone cold. We won’t stand for that, will we?
Ellen Tigh copes with everything by — SHOCKER! — being a complete and total cunt. I know. Uncanny. She belittles Saul’s attachment to Galactica, Adama, and the rest of the crew; she tries to undermine his sense of loss over his unborn child; and she insists his concern should lie with his “millions” of cylon “children.” Nice try, Ellen, but please fuck off.
Baltar copes with his (relatively) new and inscrutable personality as a radio cult leader by contemplatively shaving with a straight razor. Scenes where anyone shaves with a straight razor are always fraught with tension and what the literary types call “symbolism.” Yawn. This scene was saved by the fact that Starbuck is sitting in that stall back there with the door wide open, peeing.
Oh hey, look who is in this Hybrid tank? It’s none other than Sam Anders. Starbuck and one of the Eights eagerly await his cryptic utterances. I confess I can never be bothered to pay attention to any type of “cryptic utterance” like these (or like, for example, the utterances of the annoying River on Firefly), so that’s all I’ve got here.
And behold here, the exciting return of SCIENCE! I know! Remember when Baltar still used to be a “scientist” and was always working in his “la-BOR-a-tree” on his “cylon detector”? Man, that was a long time ago. I guess even though he is the horny swami of Galactica’s indie radio station now, he has still somehow retained access to the lab. Will answers (or at least excitement) ensue?
Helo and his inability to tell the difference between Boomer Eight and Athena Eight — well, he’s not too happy with himself. Don’t cry, Helo. I will come and comfort you!
Although not convinced by Baltar’s belief in angels, Starbuck seems to find the phrase “necrotic tissue” persuasive enough that she hangs her own photo on the Wall of Death. (See? SCIENCE.) I question the placement, though. Seriously. And did anyone else get creeped out by her weirdly beatific smile in this scene?
Despite Ellen’s evil machinations, it’s still Bill Adama with whom Saul shares his tightest and most sentimental bond. Watching these guys toast to Galactica as the camera slowly pulled back in this final scene definitely had me shedding a few tears.
I guess it’s fitting to end Battlestar Galactica with the end of Galactica herself. I can’t wait to watch it all play out.
What do you guys think? What will Cavil do with poor sniveling Hera? Will Helo strike out on his own rogue mission? WHAT is going on with STARBUCK?