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The Passage

No deep thoughts on this one, just some observations and a few questions.



I don’t know how I feel about this episode. I think after the build up to ‘Unfinished Business’ and the copious amounts of discussion that generated whatever followed was bound to be a bit of a letdown. Though I have to say I was more emotionally involved in the ep then I would have expected. Watching the pilots fly through the passage was almost nail biting. And I was nearly sheering for Kat to succeed and surprisingly choked up at the end when she died. Luciana really impressed me with her death bed scene. Damn. Why did they have to kill her off? Oh, yes, to remind us that they are all vulnerable…accept Lee, Kara, Helo, and Sharon, of course. ;)

While I usually hate the C players getting focus over the leads, I think it worked here. Kat’s story presented yet another interesting twist on the redemption so many of them seek. The holocaust was her salvation in a way. Near the bottom rung of society and some would argue humanity before the attacks, she volunteered to become a viper pilot and put her life on the line to save others and did so right up to her final mission.

I’m a little confused as to why the radiation affected Kat so much more severely than the rest. And she traded her radiation tag with Helo’s, yet he, too, flew the final mission so no one was really being honest about those things were they?

Didn’t Adama tell them all last week that he got too close to them and there would be no more of that? HA! And making Kat CAG for a day? Seems rather sappy for an Admiral.

I was actually giddy though when Adama mentioned Zak. He remembered he had another son! But BIG HONKING RETCON ALERT, did we all pick up on that he called Zak and Lee’s mom Carolanne? So Jamie wasn’t wrong when he used that name as his mother’s in his Lee bio/analysis. In the mini we clearly heard Caroline and in ‘Scattered’ we have Tigh refer to the new wife Anne. This led most, if not all of us, to believe he was married twice. Heck, even Adama’s brief bio on the Sci-Fi site mentions two wives. But I always wondered what happened to wife No 2 and why he was still wearing a wedding ring. As much as I hate retconning, this does solve some continuity and timeline issues such as Tigh stating they’ve known each other over thirty years and “the new wife” helping Adama get back into the military. I’ll leave a more detailed analysis of this development to beccatoria who has been obsessing over the timeline lately. ;)

Is anyone else depressed as I am that after everything they’ve already been through they now have their food contaminated, must subsist on algae, and lose at least two more ships and many more lives to get to this new food source. Geez, why do they bother to go on?

Gaeta didn’t exactly hide his displeasure at seeing Tigh return to duty. To be fair, it sucks to have to take orders from the guy who tried to kill you.

If Jane Espenson managed to do one thing it was make me interested in the Cylon storyline. I’m really happy to see Baltar is as curious as we are about the final five models. And Lucy did a great job of conveying D’Anna’s confusion, desperation, and fear. This time around I didn’t see someone who considered herself god-like or ascending to some higher plain (sorry, too much ‘Stargate’ viewing), but someone seeking seemingly unattainable knowledge and trying to make sense of her place in the universe.

I’m still confused by Kara’s confrontation of Kat. At Kat’s bedside we get some acknowledgment that she was identifying with her - “everyone is stuck with the things we’re not proud of” – but I wanted to scream ‘Hypocrite!’ earlier. The first thing that popped into my mind as she was chewing Kat out was her own failure to mention her complicity in Zak’s death until two years later.

And I’m not sure how offering Kat the sleeping pills worked. I suppose it was meant to be viewed as a final act of kindness so she wouldn’t have to suffer, but why would she think Kat would choose to do that? It seemed an odd character beat.

Have you noticed I’ve gone this far without talking about Lee? ;) Not much to say about him really. He actually had a decent size role given the storyline and he did his job well, so I have no complaints. And I’m not sure this was Jamie’s call or the director’s, but I liked that while everyone else was still applauding Kat’s success, Lee gets this look of realization that all is not well and he begins moving towards her just before she collapses.

I would have liked some acknowledgement of where Kara and Lee stand after last weeks events, but I’m not sure where they could have fit it in. I liked the shot at the end with Lee walking into the corridor and coming to a stop, waiting for Kara. There was noting shippy about it, but a sign that they are at least on friendly terms again, him sensing that she’ll need him, and just being there for her.

41,420 – Which means two died since last week. And considering they lost the crews on those two ships the number will be even smaller next week. :(
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ZAK!

I'm so confused about Adama's wife/wives. In some ways just the one wife makes sense, especially since Adama has zero photos of any other wives in his cabin (and apparently no photos of Zak or Lee past the age of 6, but whatever), but then again, why is he still wearing a wedding ring if he and Caroline/Carol Anne got divorced a long time ago? Oh whatever, show, just decide what you're doing with this and stick with it.

I liked the shot at the end with Lee walking into the corridor and coming to a stop, waiting for Kara. There was noting shippy about it, but a sign that they are at least on friendly terms again, him sensing that she’ll need him, and just being there for her.

I loved that so much, and it really fit with where they were by the end of Unfinished Business. Still undefined but obviously connected and there for each other for love and support, despite all they've been through. And I was pleasantly surprised that they ended it there. It reminded me of the end of Flight of the Phoenix, when Tyrol visited Sharon. They cut off the scene before we heard them speak because it didn't really matter what they said, what mattered was that he went to see her.
I always assumed that Adama's was wearing his wedding ring from his marriage to Caroline and when they introduced Anne I got confused. Adama seems to have a hard time letting go of the past and his failures (I always got the impression he saw the end of his marriage as a failure on his part) so he kept the ring as a reminder. And, who knows?, maybe he still loved her on some level.

But the introuction of a second wife presented a lot of continuity issues. I always put Lee's age at around 29 or 30 when the show began. Tigh established that he's known Adama for around thirty years. The 'new wife' helped get Adama back in the military. So it would make sense that it was Caroline (now Carolanne) who was the new wife and it would also make sense that Adama was an absentee father when Lee and Zak were growing up.

Still undefined but obviously connected and there for each other for love and support, despite all they've been through. And I was pleasantly surprised that they ended it there. It reminded me of the end of Flight of the Phoenix, when Tyrol visited Sharon. They cut off the scene before we heard them speak because it didn't really matter what they said, what mattered was that he went to see her.

Ah, good example. And that was another scene that originally went on longer, but they opted to leave it more ambiguous. This ep was a bridge epsisode to next week in a lot of ways and I'm sure we'll get more clarification on where things stand. Showing Lee just walking in and being there for her was enough to establish that, yes, they are in each others lives again and being supportive of each other, but perhaps beyond that they are still not sure where they are going.
i really liked it! i was pleasantly surprised to see an episode focusing on kat, because i've always liked her.

i was squeeing like a mad fangirl when tigh walked back into the cic and everyone started applauding. i heart tigh!

lee standing behind starbuck at the end of the episode has to be my favorite scene though. it was nice and subtle and it worked so well considering what had happened both this episode and during the last one. we were reminded that they're ok, but nothing was shoved down our throats. lovely.
I personally liked Gaeta's death glare. :) It was a nice bit of continuity to remind us of what has transpired between them and that not everyone may be thrilled to have him back.

After the L/K extraveganza last week, maybe it was nice to just have that one moment to let us know that things are OK between them and they are there for each other once more. I really don't want this to turn into the L/K show.
i too loved the fact that gaeta didn't applaud. oddly enough i'm not taking either "side" on this, i get both tigh and gaeta, but it was nice. :)

very true. i liked the subtlety of it. :)

damn it... i need a kara/lee icon! actually, i need a lee icon!
I suppose it was meant to be viewed as a final act of kindness so she wouldn’t have to suffer, but why would she think Kat would choose to do that?

Radiation sickness is apparently a really really icky and unpleasant way to die. Kara pissed me way the hell off in this episode, but that was an act of mercy there.

And making Kat CAG for a day? Seems rather sappy for an Admiral.

I thought that was too much of a TV moment. It didn't have the ring of truth to me. *shrug*
Can I ask a question...

I'm really out of the loop when it comes to BSG, but I watch intermittently. Here's what I don't understand: That whole radiation thing last night...why didn't they just jump past it? Why did they have to go THROUGH it?
Sharon mentioned that the cluster was too large to fly around (I'm assuming it would take longer than the seven days they could survive without food) and the ships can only jump so far so they needed to make one stop in it to reset coordinates.
Aha! I had missed that, and ended up being really annoyed that so little of the episode's main plot made sense. I still don't think that makes sense, but at least they attempted to pull a rationale out of their asses.
In the podcast, Ron went on and on (hence me skipping over it ;) about how they did a lot of technical research, but he's sure people will still find holes in the plot. I can understand not being able to fly around it at normal speed, but why couldn't they have jumped around it? Just how huge was this thing?
I missed the earlier time as we were out for the evening (Friday night knitting), so I watched it at 10:00, so I was a little tired, so I will have to rewatch some of it. But I liked it; and yeah, Adama was a little sappy in making kat CAG, but I think when it comes to his men, and their heroism, he's a sappy guy :) I loved the laughing jag he and Tigh went on over the paper shortage ;) I like him best when he is with Tigh, I think it's when he's at his most honest, and we see the real Adama. Sometimes you feel more comfortable being honest with an old friend than you do with your family. As for the continuity errors, I just ignore them to avoid headaches :)

I felt Kara was completely in character, from confronting kat to comforting her at her bedsides, even offering the pills. In her case, it was easier to admit her failings to a dying person than to someone who can actually help her. I hope that changes soon. Lee is there for her, as he showed in the last scene. At the very least as a friend. Smarten up, Kara, and talk to him!

I agree with you about Jane making the cylon story interesting. Up until now I've been tolerating it, but now there is an interesting angle to it that I am looking forward to seeing how it plays out.
Kara's actions are once again frustrating. I really wish we would have seen her self-awareness when chewing out Kat. Like acknowledge she's made mistakes and learned it's better to come clean. Confessing that she knows where Kat was coming from as she lay dying undercuts the moment. It's great that she said the words, but, as you pointed out, Kat can't help her.
If I was eating algae, I would not go on. And a little part of me felt like I could see a similar attitude from Lee there at one point--he seemed quite despairing to begin with in the tactical briefing, and hey, I don't blame him. Algae. Seriously. *dies*

Lee gets this look of realization that all is not well and he begins moving towards her just before she collapses.
I really liked that moment too. It's touches like that that make me feel what a good CAG he is.
I hope they establish at some point that the algea eating is temporary. I mean, I'm assuming the contaminated food just needs to be dumped and the equipment sanitized and they can start producing food again. It might take time though and time is something they didn't have much of. I just can't imagine them living on algea for years.
Me neither! I hope it will be established that they're back to normal food production again soon too. Even within this episode I was staring at everyone and thinking 'how can you look so well when you're eating algea?!' because I don't think I could drag myself out of bed in the morning if that was all I had to eat!
HOORAY FOR RETCONNING! Retconning: Saving my brain, one continuity error at a time.

HOORAY FOR ZAK!

Yeah. This was a good episode that worked well, but didn't really inspire any deep thoughts in me.