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"The Oath" - Best Episode in a Long While?

Posted By mandatedfun on Feb 1, 2009 at 7:12PM

Are you frakking kidding me?! Episode 3 entitled “The Oath” has been the best episode since at least Season 3 (my fiancé thinks Season 2). I was literally on the edge of my seat and shouted out a few times in excitement… and even got chills at one point. Thank you Ron Moore and David Eik for delivering once again. I absolutely cannot wait for the next episode!


• The cat’s out of the bag the Admiral and the President are shacking up. Tigh came by the Admiral’s quarters at 0620 to deliver paperwork with some fresh coffee…the aroma of which drew Laura out. Tigh gave Bill a fantastic look with his one good eye.
• Gaeta has masterminded the ultimate revolution with the help of sympathetic marines, viper jocks, knuckledraggers, and other enlisteds. Even Racetrack! Zarek pops the new deck chief with a wrench, killing him, and says to Gaeta “That won’t be the last.” That’s the point when we know Gaeta has really stepped over the edge. Luckily for the cylon-sympathizers, one of Baltar’s groupies witnesses the exchange from the shadows and is able to get them mobilized.
• Wow Gaeta – you really did manipulate every situation to your best advantage – false fires, “faulty” sensors, dropped calls.
• Zarek returns to Colonial One and the Quorum is happy to see a return to order. But, Apollo’s gut tells him the Admiral would never have released Zarek.
• Poor Sam! Not only has he lost his pyramid skills, but Seelix still holds a grudge from New Caprica. (She thought something was there, but he didn’t bite). She’s part of the hostile takeover and has the crap kicked out of him.
• Apollo returns to the Galactica and is greeted with a not-so-friendly punch to the stomach. Luckily Starbuck to the rescue.
• The return of kickass Starbuck! My favorite part of the episode was when she didn’t hesitate to shoot the viper pilot who antagonized her in the hangar deck. She said it best when she referred to herself as finally being alive again – she’s been moping for at least a season and it hasn’t been pretty.
• Hera is eating breakfast when Marines storm into Sharon and Helo’s quarters… Uh oh, it’s the guy from Pegasus that Helo beat up and he’s holding a grudge too. People are not to happy these days.
• Kara grabs Lee and kisses him hard! They have such great chemistry.
• We’re about halfway through the episode at this point and I’ve gotten uncomfortable with how easily Gaeta has been manipulating all the incoming information… finally Tigh and the Admiral ask for someone to check out the situation and haul ass back with his findings.
• Lee and Kara sneak their way through the Galactica's corridors – they encounter lots of wounded and sporadic gunfire.
• Crap! The news comes back that the sensors have been jury-rigged and Gaeta frantically orders the Sergeant of the Guard into the CIC… all hell breaks loose. He manages to take control and has the Admiral/Tigh and other senior staff sent to the Brig. On his way out, the Admiral gives a pretty good speech – he’s tells Gaeta he’ll die with nothing.

OK – too busy to finish the recap now – will have to finish it later.

My question to you – do you agree that this was one of the best episodes in a long while??

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Posted By Katie Kat on Jan 27, 2009 at 6:31PM

Hi! I'm Katie Kat and I'm addicted to BSG. There. I've admitted it. I've been blogging about it on my blog here at onsugar, so hop on by and read it and let me know what you think. Warning...there are spoilers there...:)

Were you able to successfully predict who the fifth and final cylon is? [Spoiler Alert!!]

Posted By mandatedfun on Jan 17, 2009 at 2:02PM

Wow. Last night’s season opener really delivered for a number of reasons. Perhaps least of which was the big reveal of the fifth and final cylon model*. I didn’t expect it to come so soon… which actually makes me wonder – was it really necessary to drag it out until this season? I rewatched some of the episodes from last season and it seems like there was quite a bit of filler – like they wanted to progress the storyline, but just didn’t quite have enough content.

Anyway, I digress – back to figuring out our fifth cylon model. Who if you remember correctly, Deanna said “was not in the colonial fleet”. Somehow I missed that detail because I was convinced that the final model had to be someone that we had seen on New Caprica and was probably an officer. If you recall, 4 of the final 5 were on New Caprica during the occupation – Anders, Tyrol, Tigh, and Tori. So, using that logic – I narrowed it down to Lt. Gaeta. Felix didn’t have much of a storyline last season, but he did get his leg amputated and showed off a pretty annoying singing voice. I thought surely the amputation was a short-term thing as he would be “reborn” into a new body sometime in the near future.

But, it was all so wrong! It turns out it certainly was someone on New Caprica, but not the person I thought it was. Ellen Tigh. Wow. The crazy lady who was accused of being a cylon when she made her mysterious reappearance in Season 1. I had totally discounted her, thinking that it had to be one of the central characters… Ellen hasn’t been around much since season 2 (correct me if I’m wrong there). BUT, she sure did play a part last season. Remember when Tigh’s hallucinations wavered between Six and his dead wife when he visited Six in the brig. Kinda makes sense now doesn’t it?? He was already having his flashbacks… but they were much more potent on Earth.

So, fellow BSGers – did you get it right? Did you know it was going to be frakkin’ Ellen Tigh?? Regardless of your answer – what do you think about it? I admit that I was pretty annoyed at the time, although I think it’s grown on me a bit. Plus, I may have just been angry about losing poor D after she and Lee seemed so happy! (Although I’m still a Lee and Starbuck fan).

*Well, at least we’ve been lead to think it’s the final cylon model. There are a lot of theories out there…

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Entertainment Weekly's Cylon "Bracket"

Posted By mandatedfun on Jan 6, 2009 at 4:58PM

Are you as excited as I am for the return of Battlestar Galactica in a few short days?

Have some fun filling our your own Cylon bracket to determine who completes the Final Five.


Share your results!

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Lee Adama - Credible quorum member or meddling in things he doesn't understand?

Posted By mandatedfun on Apr 22, 2008 at 4:41PM

Now that Lee has left the military life behind, do you think he's performing a valuable civic duty by joining The Quorum of Twelve, or do you think he's once again meddling in affairs he shouldn't be (similar to his involvement in Baltar's trial)?

He certainly isn't doing himself any favors by continually getting on Roslin's bad side.

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Happy or sad about Cally Tyrol?

Posted By mandatedfun on Apr 22, 2008 at 4:30PM

OK - I didn't want to give away too much in the poll title in case any fans out there happened across it and somehow are not watching season 4 unfold with the rest of us.

So, I have to ask - are you happy or sad about Cally's departure? Do you think it was time for her to go since she wasn't dealing well with the pressures of being a mom and knowing that the Chief was sneaking around? Or do you like what her character brought to the show?

Either way, Tory sure did reveal a side to herself that we never saw before!!

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BSG - Right around the corner!!

Posted By mandatedfun on Mar 21, 2008 at 4:02PM

Friends & Fellow Fans -

New episodes of Battlestar Galactica are RIGHT around the corner! I've been so busy at work lately, that I have to admit I didn't even realize it was this close. I mean of course I knew that April marked the start of the new season, but you know what happens with you're busy.

Anyway - thankfully I still had my 'season pass' set up on my DVR and stumbled across the 2 30-min long shows that will air next Friday 3/28. They're entitled 'Revealed' and 'Phenomenon' - learn more at SciFi: http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/home.html. I know it's not real interesting content, but something is better than nothing. Plus, I'm curious to see which other celebrities love the show as much as we do.

I'm thinking that with all this snow in Chicago I might hole up with the season 3 DVD and catch myself up (not that I didn't obsess over the epis the first time around), before I head back on the road on Monday. I still haven't made up my mind on who I think the final cylon is and I want to make a decision before we starting watching season 4.

Happy Friday and in just 2 short weeks, we'll be back in business. So stoked!

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SciFi Channel Airing Season 3 Episodes

Posted By mandatedfun on Feb 10, 2008 at 6:19AM

Hello -

Just wanted to pass this along in case any of you out there are interested in rewatching season 3 episodes because you can't wait for the DVD release in late March!

The SciFi Channel is re-airing episodes EARLY on Saturday mornings. I'm in the central timezone and the epis air between 4 and 5AM. I found this out by recently switching my DVR to record both 'new and old' shows to catch any reruns. I think to boost DVD sales, the SciFi channel has decided not to replay reruns from last season (much to my disappointment) in the old timeslot. Nor has it really publicized these weekend airings.

Of course, I'll be buying the DVD when it's released - but I'd like to rewatch all of last season before season 4 starts (yes, totally nerdy). That's a lot of programming to try to squeeze in - so getting started early makes sense.

Episodes that I caught the last 2 weekends include (1) Occupation and (2) Precipice. Next weekend Exodus Part 1 will be on. I hope they keep playing them in sequential order, the first several epis are amazing.

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Theories on what happened to Starbuck at the 'Farm'?

Posted By mandatedfun on Jan 29, 2008 at 7:18PM

So, those of you that watched the Season 2 episode, 'The Farm', know that Starbuck was the victim of a 2nd unwilling surgery. Although she went into the 'hospital' with just a gunshot wound in the abdomen, she left with a new scar near her hip/lower abdomen. During her escape, she sees other women who are hooked up to breeding machines and viewers have to assume that what was taken from her body were her eggs. (Starbuck also assumes this after hearing Sharon/Athena's explanation for what happens at the farm.)

So, given the issues that the cylons have with cylon-cylon breeding and Starbuck's "special destiny" - what do you think her eggs were or are being used for?

I read somewhere that someone thought the blonde little girl, Kasey, on New Caprica was actually Kara's daughter - however, they were only on NC for a little over a year - I don't think the timing works out for that girl to actually be her daughter (unless there was a sped up aging process). The eggs must be for something else although I haven't decided what I think just yet. Maybe the cylons want to use them for the next generation?

Seriously! BSG Dolls hitting the shelves. :)

Posted By mandatedfun on Jan 27, 2008 at 10:26AM

Hmmm... not sure that my love for the show would be enough for me to actually purchase BSG dolls. However, I'm willing to check out each of the dolls to see how closely they resemble the actor/actress. Plus, they each come with 'accessories'!

Right now, it looks like the first dolls released last October feature Apollo, Number Six, Hot Dog, Chief Tyrol, Helo, and Anders. Hello - seems to me that some pretty key characters are missing from the group - like Starbuck, Adama, Boomer, and Roslin! I'm curious why these dolls were featured first and not some of the other main characters. Surely, these can't be the most popular.

So, what do you think - are the dolls are good idea? Would you ever consider purchasing something like this?

Click here to read more - Toys of Tomorrow

Author, Carma, has a good critique of the first batch.

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