BSG Recap: Islanded in A Stream of Stars

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Tigh, Adama Islanded Battlestar Galactica: “Islanded in A Stream of Stars”

Air Date:March 6, 2009

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If you haven’t seen this one yet, don’t read any further. If you have, feel free to help us clear up all the frakkin’ confusion.

 

Crew members are trying their best to fix what’s left of Galactica after Boomer’s jump wrecked things. Neither the living Cylon metal or human metal is working. Meanwhile, Galactica is coming apart at the seams still.

And there’s the matter of what to do about Hera. Starbuck and Ellen are adamant about saving her. Ellen thinks she knows where Cavil might take Boomer, to the colony where the Final Five went after the first civil war. The talk turns to “destiny” and with the ship coming apart and Laura Roslin on her deathbed, Bill Adama has had all the destiny talk he can stand. He does agree to send a raider out.

Helo wants Athena to let out the anger that he knows she’s feeling, but she can’t do it. We see repeated visions of Hera in the infamous opera house. Galactica busts open finally and people start flying out, including a human crewmen. A Six that he had been arguing with saves him but gets caught outside the lock. She tells him to finish locking her into space to save the ship and he does, but it hurts him. Clearly, he didn’t expect that level of “humanity” from a Cylon.

A crew member tells Saul Tigh and Bill that he’s 90 percent sure the ship has only five jumps left. An angry Tigh tells him to come back when he’s 100 percent sure. Both Tigh and Bill are stalling like champions. The new Cylon quorum member wants to know when they’ll start moving people to the Cylon baseship.

There’s another touching moment with Bill and Laura, and Laura even burns some medicinal mary jane. She tells Bill she knows how hard it is that both his girls are dying. She waxes nostalgic about how the only home she has ever had is here with Bill, but even she knows it’s time to leave the Galactica. Roslin sees some visions of Hera as their connection continues.

Lee is trying to keep peace in the new “ship captains” quorum and right now, Tom Zarek’s methods of diplomacy must look promising. One captain complains about the bad air on his ship and I have no idea where this is going until he calls “dib” on Galactica’s air filters. That’s not going to go well. Other captains fall quickly in line which makes me wonder, if Galactica is such a rust bucket the other ships must be in reeeally bad shape.

Lee is adamant that not one bolt gets removed from the Battlestar until his dad gives the word. A quorum member wants to know what Gaius Baltar thinks about Lee’s idea. Yes, Baltar still has more power and influence than he has any right to.

Baltar, seeing his infamous Head Six, preaches about angels among us. It touches a nerve with Starbuck who goes to him and asks that he do research to figure out exactly who or what she is. She gives him her dogtags and tells Gaius the whole story about finding her body on Earth. Anybody get the feeling this isn’t going to end well?

Gaius sees the actual Caprica Six and tells her he’s sorry for her loss, then offers her a place to stay. She snubs him, saying that she’s changed even though he hasn’t. The look on Gaius’ face suggests he might have actually been in love with her. Or just really obsessed, who can tell?

Gaius ends up crashing the funeral of the dead from the airlock and telling everyone in attendance that Kara Thrace is an angel walking among them. Bill tries to get Gaius to shut up, and Starbuck slaps the crap out of him. I’m surprised Bill didn’t think of that.

Starbuck places her photo on the wall of the dead and she has a great moment with Lee, who tells her nothing else matters. She’s here, he’s here, they’re alive and should just accept that.

Of course, there’s the matter of Starbuck’s husband Sam Anders. She tries to shoot him, ending his pain but then he comes back online and goes all hybrid. His rant even includes the well-worn “You are the harbinger of death, Kara Thrace. You will lead them all to their end.” There’s also a reference to there being a hole in the bucket, Dear Liza. I think that’s a riff on the “this has all happened before” since that song begins exactly as it ends.

It’s possible that Sam could jump the ship like the other hybrid, thus Tigh wants him offline. Remember, jumping is bad right now. Oh, and it turns out that Cavil moved the Cylon colony so they have no idea where he and Hera are. Helo demands to take a ship out and look further, but Bill declares it a suicide mission. Helo’s ticked because Bill seems more concerned about the dead ship than his hopefully alive child.

Speaking of Boomer and Hera, Boomer almost drugs the child for crying out for mommy. To comfort the child, she talks about her Cylon projection “home” with Galen. Boomer goes there, and so does Hera. The Cylon force is strong with this one. But Boomer completes her mission and hands Hera over to Cavil. The kid had only just calmed down, but now she’s scared again. Who can blame her? Dean Stockwell’s scientific experiments never go well, remember Quantum Leap?

Does anyone really believe they can wrap all this up in the remaining two episdoes?

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