Saturday, February 28, 2009

Televison: DRADIS Contact: Battlestar 4.17

"Listen. It may feel like hell, but sometimes lost is where you need to be. Just because you don't know your direction doesn't mean you don't have one."

Friends, Capricans, Cylons lend me your eyes.  This is Bobby checking in with my weekly (for the next 4 weeks anyway) Battlestar Galactica postmortem.  In the interest of full disclosure there are SPOILERS ahead. 

Let's get one thing out of the way right now...Boomer is an evil bitch!  The path of destruction she left if her wake was shattering.  In this episode she manages to destroy the lives of Tyrol, Athena, Helo and cripple Galactica in the span of a few hours. 

Grace Park has never been my favorite performer on the show but she is note perfect here.  She manages to really make me believe Boomer and Athena are two completely different people. The scene in the flight briefing room where a bruised and beaten Athena screams for her kidnapped child shook me to my core. And the look on Tyrol's face when he is told Boomer stole Hera made that character as real and alive as its ever been.

There are few things that melt this reporters cold heart and a Kara Thrace episode is one of those things.  I have been addicted ever Since the first moment her short blond hair and attitude problem graced the screen and in "Someone To Watch Over Me" Katie Sackoff is at her best.  

The advertising for this weeks episode led us to believe we'd discover the mystery behind Starbuck's seeming resurrection.  In fact the conclusion only aided in deepening that riddle. What we were treated to is a psychological examination of the woman herself. 

Her voice over at the start did wonders for showing the rut she is in.  How she keeps moving but not going anywhere.  Every second she interacts with the piano player is emotionally subtle as it is powerful.  The exchange where she tries to make nice by comparing the song to chasing a car is one of those times Sackhoff conveys this vulnerability that makes that character so wonderful to me. 

I've heard the ending referred to as a "Sixth Sense" moment.  That commentary makes me believe people don't understand that movie.  Malcolm Crowe is a literal ghost while the piano player is a psychological projection that Kara uses to face her past. Leaving that behind though I love that we discover the source of Starbuck's distrust and treatment of men.  Her playing "All Along The Watchtower" and that its a song from her childhood really got me excited.

So, we are now set up for a full on Cavil led attack on the human/Cylon fleet.  Galactica is about to break into a million pieces and Gods help Tyrol when Athena and Helo discover his part in Hera's abduction.  Oh and why does Roselyn know when Hera leaves the ship??

Were it not for Lost this would be the best show of its era.  And right now its kicking on all cylinders.  I don't mind that we didn't learn how Kara came back to life because we are only three weeks from knowing the end.  I put my trust in Mr. Moore. 

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