BSG: Daybreak Part I

Positively rife with spoilers.  You have been warned.

This week was part one of “Daybreak,” the two part series finale of Battlestar Galactica.  I know, y’all; I can’t handle it either.  The episode begins by taking us back to Caprica City before the main events of the series, where we learn, via flashback, gripping background details like that some of our main characters had families and relationships, and they they were either happy or sad.  I know. Deep stuff, man. SHOCKING.

Caprica City - Stirring up interest for the Cparica Project, are they? Not like they need to.
Caprica City - Stirring up interest for the Caprica Project, are they? Not like they need to.

There were some amusing moments worked into the flashbacks, like when we learn that Gaius is fixin’ to sleep with Caprica Six right here in this limo and that he doesn’t even know her “name.” Oh, Gaius, you douchebag.  Also, Lee is a drunk and Sam is a self-aggrandizing jock.  I CONTINUE TO BE SHOCKED.

Gaius and Caprica Six, as always a couple of louchetastic horndogs.
Gaius and Caprica Six, as always a couple of louchetastic horndogs.
Lee Adama did not exactly have his shit together back on Caprica. Shocked?
Lee Adama did not exactly have his shit together back on Caprica. Shocked?
Anders, a bathtub kind of man, pontificates about sports à la Ebby Clavin "Nuke" Laloosh
Anders, a bathtub kind of man, pontificates about sports à la Ebby Clavin "Nuke" Laloosh

Then it’s back into deep space, where we see some inscrutable space images (not the first nor the last, to be sure) and some crazy cylon music math.  MYSTERIOUS.

Something strange and anatomical in space.
Something strange and anatomical in space.
Math and Music, a natural partnership of CRAZY.
Math and Music, a natural partnership... of CRAZY.

As I have told you all before, I get inordinately excited whenever Hot Dog comes on screen, mainly because I like to shout out “HOT DOG” at my TV.  Its also always nice to see Edward James Olmos and Bodie Olmos on screen together, as they were in this touching moment where they discussed taking down the memorial wall.

HOT DOG! IT'S HOT DOG! With his biological spawn, the Not-Cylon Baby.
HOT DOG! IT'S HOT DOG! With his biological spawn, the Not-Cylon Baby.
Adama has a moment of solitary contemplation.  It's like we hardly ever see him do that anymore.
Adama has a moment of solitary contemplation. It's like we hardly ever see him do that anymore.

A series of one-on-one conversations brought the episode to its climax, starting with Hot Dog and Hot Dad and continuing as we saw Bill and Kara discussing, Lee and Gaius disputing, and Ellen and Tory dissembling.  (You like what I did there. Admit it.)

Starbuck and Adama have some quality time together as father figure and dead girl. I have missed these scenes.
Starbuck and Adama have some quality time together as father figure and dead girl. I have missed these scenes.
Gaius swear, HE SWEARS he is not up to no good.  Honestly.  He swears.
Gaius swears to Lee -- HE SWEARS! -- he is not up to no good. Honestly. He swears.
Two crazy bitches.
Two crazy bitches.

As we all knew it would, it comes down to our Man with a Plan, Admiral Bill Adama, to make some kind of stand.  If any man can make a stand, this man is that man. He can.  He’ll even draw a line in the sand.

[Sorry, clearly my cold meds are making me  a leeettle bit crazy.]

Bill Adama makes a stand -- but not out of sentiment or emotion!
Bill Adama makes a stand -- but not out of sentiment or emotion!
Bill Adama draws the line!
Bill Adama draws the line!

The episode comes to its end with more inscrutable space pictures (told you so) and the implication that our Galactica crew would be walking into nothing less than a death trap as they tried to rescue Hera from Cavil at the Colony.  What will become of the Cylon Baby? The noble Admiral and his faithful crew?

Just when you thought the crew might make it out of this mess safely, wait! There is...something inscrutable in space. As usual.
Just when you thought the crew might make it out of this mess safely, wait! There is...something inscrutable in space. As usual.
Good thing they have the Inscrutable Space Map!
Good thing they have the Inscrutable Space Map!

Will the Inscrutable Space Map get them in and out safely?  OH WOE, WE MUST WAIT ONE MORE WEEK.

CATCH YOU NEXT WEEK BITCHES.
CATCH YOU NEXT WEEK BITCHES.

What did you think of this episode?

4 thoughts on “BSG: Daybreak Part I

  1. clarabella March 14, 2009 / 3:51 pm

    I shall return later to share my opinion when my son is NOT trying to pry open a beer bottle with his bare hands.

  2. kilowatthour March 15, 2009 / 8:05 pm

    unlike my husband, who thought the entire thing was basically filler, i thought it was kind of brilliant. and you know i will cry like a baby when galactica bites it.

  3. Ruby March 16, 2009 / 6:28 pm

    I think I may need to make a run to the store for another box of weeping tissues.

    This episode was quite nice. I think I caught myself crying a couple of times, but I’ve been a bit girlymotional this week (reference Dr. Vague’s blog for girls only).

    I think I need to rewatch because I somehow missed the Lee is a Lush part of the episode. I’m assuming it appeared on-screen about the time the cat waltzed in with a critter in her mouth.

  4. suomichris March 21, 2009 / 11:59 am

    HOT DOG! That was totally my response as well… Thanks, probably, to you.

    Re: the flashbacks–I have to say, I am slightly more intrigued for ‘Caprica’ now; they managed to do a damned hell ass king’s job of making those scenes totally interesting and amazing, even without space (except they have FTLs and CAR PHONES?! WTF??). Totally looking forward to what I hope is the dark-atmosphere-but-still-brightly-lit-ness of ‘Caprica’.

    Roslin totally had be choking up, with her whole dead family and then being all crippled and shit at the end. That lady better get a spot in the pantheon right next to Admiral Adama, is all I’m sayin’.

    I also feel I must compliment you on your captions, Ms. the Vague, which are basically genius. I almost coughed out some Starbucks on my computer at the ‘Two crazy bitches’ one.

    @kilowatthour I kind of thought it felt like filler, too, but since it is basically the first hour of a three-hour “movie”/story/whatever, one ought to expect a lot of filler-type things to set up the story. And I quite liked the flashbacks, so I’m cool with it.

    On a rather unrelated and speculative note (stupid, since y’all have probably seen the finale already, but whatever), I wonder if the flashbacks and the singularity are going to lead us down something of a rabbit hole…. Lots of awesome scifi potential there!

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