Well, last night was it: the last episode of Battlestar Galactica for 2007. It was an absolutely amazing episode. If you’ve not watched it yet, I’m warning you: get away from this post right now. Massive spoilers ahead! Having said that, if you have watched it:
I can’t believe they introduced four new Cylons. I think everyone was expecting one new Cylon, but four? And the four they chose! Sam and Tory Foster (the President’s aide) aren’t big deals; Tigh and Tyrol, however, are huge. I’m anxious to see how Tigh’s character progresses in the next season. When will the others find out about the new Cylons? How will they respond? How will Admiral Adama respond? They’ve been friends for their whole lives; they’ve hated Cylons together for years. And now it comes out that Tigh is a Cylon.
Tyrol is a huge deal for one major reason: there are now two human-Cylon hybrids instead of just one. Hera, from Athena and Helo, and Tyrol and Cally’s child (who’s name I can’t remember at the moment). I haven’t quite figured out what the big deal is about the hybrids, though. Roslin from the start has been obsessed with the hybrid kid, and now she’ll have a second one to obsess about.
While the other two, Sam and Tory, aren’t as huge as Tigh and Tyrol, they still introduce some interesting problems. A Cylon helping the President? That won’t bode well with the population if it gets out. And, if Starbuck rejoins the Colonial Fleet (more on her in a minute), I’m sure her husband being a toaster won’t go too well, either.
On the topic of Starbuck… well, I’m lost. I don’t think she’s a Cylon anymore. The end of the episode, with Starbuck dropping in next to Lee and saying “hi”, was a major surprise. I think they’re going into uncharted water with her, probably furthering the whole subplot about her being a prophet of some sort. Whether she ends up being divine, or a Cylon Starbuck trying to trick Lee, we won’t know until 2008, but I’d wager that it’s the former and not the latter.
Regarding Gaius Baltar’s trial and the outcome, I was actually happy with it. As I’ve mentioned before in my posts about Baltar, I hate him. He’s arrogant, sneaky, and just generally unlikable. However, that doesn’t change the fact that what Lee Adama said is true: just because you don’t like someone doesn’t mean you can kill them. He was also right in that, while Baltar did surrender to the Cylons and signed the death order, what choice did he have? None, really. He could have refused, they would have killed him, and then went on with their plans anyway. I was also happy to find out that Admiral Adama saw the light and voted for Baltar’s acquittal.
There’s one last bit that I’m wondering about. I know nothing about Sam and Tory’s past, and very little about Tyrol’s, so I’ll skip them and get right to Tigh. We know about Tigh’s past: he’s been in the Colonial Fleet for nearly his whole life, and Bill along with him! So if he’s a Cylon, does that mean Cylons that look like humans grow like real humans? When Cylons have died before, and are then shown being downloaded into a new body, the bodies have been fully developed. We’ve never seen a child Cylon. But if Tigh really is a Cylon, the Cylon human-lookalikes have to be able to grow, otherwise Tigh would have looked exactly the same for the past 40 years while he’s been in the service with Bill.
I hope they have all of this figured out, because currently, from my point of view, it looks like they’ve opened a can of worms they might have needed to leave closed. Any ideas?