Battlestar Galactica 3.08 “Hero”
Plot: A pilot thought killed on a secret mission before the Cylon attack on the Colonies returns bring out a secret Adama kept buried.
- In the beginning…
- Spring cleaning on Colonial One?
- Battlestar Valkyrie was Adama’s previous command with Tigh as his XO. Yay, backstory!
- Roslin wants to give Adama a medal for 45 years of service.
- Starbuck and Kat actually working pretty well together out there.
- Bulldog. And Adama’s odd reaction.
- Yay (Daniel “Bulldog” Novacek (sp?))
- I liked the camera angle when they brought the Raider in. Nice work there.
- “Welcome home, Bulldog.”
- Frak it. Bulldog’s arrival is too much like one I had written up for an unfinished fic. Ah well. Another fic bites the dust. Maybe I can salvage it somehow.
- Wow captured about 3 years ago. Though I rather like Bulldog’s snarkiness. Which makes me wonder what kind of pilot Adama was since he seems drawn to the snarky pilot types like Tigh, Bulldog, and Starbuck.
- The virus storyline isn’t quite dead yet, assuming Bulldog is speaking the truth. We'll see.
- Black ops mission meant to stop provoking the Cylons by the Taurons and Adama left supposedly.
- However this does point out that the Adama’s mission didn’t bring about the Cylons, since they had already started infiltrating the Colonies the year before the incident.
- Three is having some interesting dreams.
- Gaius-Six-Three…er…um …threesome? Whatever is going on there, seems odd. And what is with the Cylon furnishings in massive open spaces?
- “I see you.” Creepy Tigh. Still floundering but not too far gone yet. At least he responded to Adama.
- I liked Bulldog and Tigh meeting up. Nice touch. Especially with him being the one to tell Novacek what truly happened.
- So Galactica was kind of a punishment for Adama and the Valkyrie incident. Sadly, historically civilians and military leaders blame their subordinates for their own misguided actions. Which is another reason I like Adama. He takes the responsibility onto himself, even in cases he probably shouldn't.
- Adama admits he shot down Bulldog to Lee to protect the mission to determine whether the Cylons were planning a strike. Lee’s hurt and puzzlement over the idea that some in the high command suspected the Cylons were planning an attack isn’t surprising.
- I like the stealth ship, the Stealth Star.
- I also like the look of the Valkyrie.
- Poor Adama thinks he started the war. Lee is correct in pointing out it was the Admiralty who gave him the order and thus also at fault if the operation was truly the triggering point. Unfortunately Adama doesn’t know that technically the Cylons broke the Armistice first by infiltrating the Colonies two years prior to the attack. Adama’s black op occurred the year before. At best, his operation pushed the Cylon attack ahead of schedule, though everything we’ve seen from the Cylons seems to contradict any idea of haste on the part of the Cylon plans.
- That was odd. Three having a Cylon kill her so she can have a vision or whatever before she resurrected.
- Starbuck noted quite correctly something was off with their missing Novacek and then finding the fleet.
- *wince* That had to hurt.
- I heart Tigh. At times he has impeccable timing, in this case saving Adama from Bulldog’s anger. I also liked his comparing Bulldog’s situation to his own personal situation of having been played by the Cylons through Ellen.
- Adama resigning? No way. I like Roslin being the voice of reason in trying to note the Cylon attack came from a number of reasons. That and her insistence that Adama receive the medal for his years of service. She definitely knows how to push his buttons. If he won’t stay out of guilt, he will stay out of a sense of duty.
- At least they didn’t kill Bulldog off. I kind of hope they bring him back at some point.
- Looks like Tigh is finally willing to try and talk to Bill about what happened. Or at least share a drink. Baby steps and all that. I want Tigh back, piratey or otherwise.
A pretty good episode, though the exposition was a bit distracting to the over all flow of the episode at some points. I enjoyed Bulldog’s presence leading the viewers to learn more about Adama. The only problem there was it was Bulldog’s presence didn’t have as much impact as it could have since we really didn’t know the character all that well. I'm not sure how to take Adama's navel gazing given how he's acted in the past but it did bring out some nice moments, like confiding to Lee his part in the Admiralty's operations.
Shippin’ (or not)
It was nice to see the Tigh/Adama relationship seemingly on the mend. Actually I was fairly pleased with some attempt at working on some of the relationships going on such as Tigh and Adama’s friendship and Lee and Adama’s relationship, even if only in a passing. Despite their past, Lee still wants to see his father through the hero worship children often apply to their parents when they are young.
Cylons of the Apocalypse
I have to admit I’m starting to bore somewhat with Baltar and the Cylons of the Apocalypse. Maybe this because so much of this particular storyline seems contrived at points such as the sudden urge to find Earth. Maybe I just hoped (or expected) a bit more than we’ve gotten so far from the Cylon storyline. I’m not sure. There are points I’ve found interesting such as the Hybrids and how the different models view them and the mystery behind the cylon models of the Hidden Five.
Baltar. It’s kind of sad when I now find his interactions with head!Six more interesting than his interactions with Six and the other Cylons. Even then they’re kind of…boring. He’s still his incredibly weasel-like self, of course, but that’s well within his character.
Three has been the most interesting Cylon for me this season. Problem is her storyline seems to be dragging out without little direction though. I’m sure we’ll get there. Eventually.