TV Recap: Battlestar Galactica - The Hub

By Kelly West 8 years ago discussion comments
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Tonight as I watched Gaius Baltar explain the concept of God, slavery and dog tricks to a curious centurion, one thing came to my mind: This has to be a Jane Espenson episode. The subtle way that humor was interwoven with seriousness had that familiar Buffyesque feel to it. One minute I知 laughing, the next minute something crazy is happening and all the while, I知 just trying to keep up.

Tonight痴 episode brings us back to the end of the episode before last when Roslin ordered the Cylons to plug the hybrid back in. This resulted in the hybrid taking a deep breath and ordering the ship to jump away to parts unknown

A lot of things are strange

Everytime the hybrid jumps the basestar to another location, Roslin goes into vision mode. In her vision she痴 with Elosha (the priest who helped her figure out that she was the dying leader way back when). Elosha guides her down the vacant corridors of what appears to be Galactica. She finds herself in a room looking down at a hospital bed where the sick version of herself is lying their dying. Each breath seems to be an effort for dying Roslin and vision-having Roslin doesn稚 totally get why she痴 there.

While Roslin痴 flitting in and out of visions, Baltar痴 convinced that he can communicate with the hybrid. He asks her ever so politely, 滴ey. Stop jumping the ship. Alright? She doesn稚.


Based on some of her nonsensical ramblings, it seems the hybrid may have panicked over Natalie getting shot, which caused her initial jump away. Fortunately for the rebels, the hybrid痴 still in on Mission: Destroy the Hub. So Helo and a random Eight work together to set up a plan to get D但nna out of the resurrection hub and then blow the whole thing up, eliminating the whole resurrection factor from the Cylon equation.

At one point, Eight offers to rub Helo痴 neck and to add awkwardness to even more awkwardness, she then confesses that she installed Athena痴 memories into herself. Everything Athena knew when she downloaded onto the basestar to rescue Hera is now in this Eight痴 consciousness. Stalker much? This breach of trust proves to be useful later when the Cylons and the viper pilots are set to team up to invade the hub. The humans aren稚 exactly thrilled to be working side by side with the skinjobs. Athena-wannabe-Eight gives a speech about how all of them have fought by (the real) Athena痴 side and grew to trust her. Now they need to trust these Cylons too. That pretty much does the trick.

While Helo and the Eight are all comfortable with their 鍍rust plan, Roslin pulls Helo aside and tells him that when he gets D但nna, he should bring her directly to her. The plan was for both Roslin and the Cylons to question D但nna but Roslin says she wants exclusive access to D但nna. Helo doesn稚 like the double-dealing but he痴 a boy scout and since his Eight isn稚 there to convince him otherwise, he agrees to Roslin痴 orders. Kind of surprising that he didn't put up more of a fight there but perhaps given the situation they're in being stranded on a basestar, maybe he didn't want to make waves.

Rise and Shine

It seems that everyone wants a piece of D但nna. While the Rebels and the humans want to know who the final five are, Cavil and his 菟et Eight Boomer want D但nna to help them end the war. They figure she痴 the only one who can appeal to the rebels. D但nna痴 cranky when she wakes up. At first she wants to know why she痴 been unboxed and seems surprised that Cavil still doesn稚 want to know who the final five are. When the rebels arrive, Boomer realizes that they must be there to destroy the hub. This inspires D但nna to break Cavil痴 neck. Boomer takes her leave at this point and we don稚 see her again after that but I知 going to assume her only thought was to get off that hub as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Eight and Helo show up and take D但nna to their basestar. Out in space the humans and rebels are blowing things up. We see the one pilot (Pike?) jump away just as he gets hit. I'm assuming he's in the raptor that gets found by the fleet (from last week's episode.)

Back on the basestar

Roslin and Baltar are both screaming at the hybrid. It痴 like watching two people yell questions at a crazy person. Neither gets much of a response. Eventually, Baltar gets irritated and wanders off. He happens upon a centurion and engages in a mostly one-sided conversation with it. Judging by the subtle way the centurion tilts its head, it appears to be curious about God and its place in the universe. The fight is on outside though as the humans and rebels face off against the other Cylons. Part of the basestar gets hit and the partially-enlightened centurion is destroyed in the explosion. Baltar takes some shrapnel in the abdomen. Roslin finds him and gets him to a room with some medical equipment. She gets to work trying to patch him up and gives him some drugs for the pain. This causes Baltar to start rambling about guilt.

As Roslin is covering his wound, she starts questioning him about the guilt. Three and a half seasons have gone by and Baltar hasn稚 told anyone about his involvement in the initial Cylon attack on the colonies until tonight. In his drug-induced haze he admits to Roslin that it was he who gave the access codes to the Cylons, which allowed them to almost completely wipe out mankind. He babbles on about it being ok because God made all of us perfect and so he has no guilt anymore. He goes on about a flood and cleansing and all that. Roslin is reeling from the whole confession and she begins to undo the bandages. Baltar seems to realize what she痴 doing and begs her to stop unbandaging him. His blood is dripping all over the floor and Rolsin heads back into vision-land.

Now the whole time the vision things are happening I知 trying to figure out what the point of them is. Elosha has been telling Roslin that she needs to love people. 添ou don稚 love people. Is that clear enough? Practical enough for you, Madame president? But this Baltar revelation has added a new twist to the visions. Elosha comments on Roslin allowing Baltar to drift off into death. She says, 的f humanity is going to prove itself worthy of surviving, it can稚 do it on a case by case basis. A bad man feels his death just as keenly as a good man. In other words: letting Baltar die? Not cool, Laura.

Roslin comes back to reality and rebandages Baltar. The miracle gauze brings Baltar back to consciousness and he痴 going to be ok. Not a total surprise as Baltar always makes it but this was certainly a close call.

You池e a Cylon Psych! Totally had you there.

Helo and Eight get D但nna onto the basestar. Then Helo tells Eight she needs to go away so Roslin can question D但nna alone. Eight痴 not happy about this and I doubt we致e seen the last of her.

So D但nna has a sit-down with Roslin and promptly informs her that she痴 one of the final five. We get a long dramatic pause and some intense music that goes on long enough for us to think 鉄eriously? Then D但nna laughs. Just kidding, Roslin. D但nna may have just woken up from a long nap but she knows the score. Not only does she no longer have the ability to resurrect but she痴 the one and only version of her model. Knowing the identities of the final five is the only card she has to play and she痴 not going to give that info up just yet.

Just Love Someone, Laura

In Roslin痴 final vision, she talks to Elosha about going home to Galactica. Back to reality - We see Adama, camped out in the middle of nowhere just as the basestar jumps into orbit. He flies on board the basestar and climbs out to find Roslin waiting for him. They hug, 的 missed you白s are exchanged and Roslin tearfully lets an 的 love you slip out. Adama responds, 鄭bout time. The girly-girl in me swoons. It doesn稚 hurt that Adama痴 all Husker弾d up in his flight suit, looking all manly.

So that痴 about it. Over all this episode felt like a lot of build-up for next week痴 half-season finale but still, it was entertaining build-up nonetheless. With Baltar being all prophetic this season, it was nice to see the comedic side to his character again. Credit to James Callis for his hilarious delivery (especially when describing the patheticness of a dog being trained to leave a treat balanced on its nose) and to Espenson for recognizing the brilliance of these little moments, which have been pretty rare in the show these days. And now onto the promo for next week痴 episode. (If you didn稚 watch it and/or don稚 want to know, stop reading now!)

Holy frak. So it looks like the final four are about to be outed. Tori痴 ready to stand at the side of 塗er people while Anders, Tyrol and Tigh look like they池e standing in the airlock. Yikes! And what痴 up with the miracle-viper that Kara re-appeared in?

What Was Your Favorite Part of this episode?


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