This episode was a letdown for me. FOX had been hyping it as a big mid-season finale (remember a time not so long ago when the concept didn’t exist?) and nothing really big happened. Sarah did get shot, but considering her name is in the title of the show it’s a safe bet she’ll pull through. Sarah did finally kill someone, but the guy had just shot her and was about to put a second bullet in her so she didn’t really have any other options.
I’m ambivalent about Sarah’s dreams, visions...whatever you choose to call them. This is a franchise that involves killer robots from the future and humans traveling through time to alter that future, but do prophetic visions have a place in the story? While I’m fine with establishing there is pivotal information buried in her psyche that is trying to reveal itself, I am concerned that her waking dreams are going a bit too far in an otherworldly direction.
Seeing the ship hovering overhead was unexpected. It looks similar to ones we’ve seen in the scenes from the future. My assumption was those machines were created by the machines, but it looks like we built them first. So did the machines have to do less work in the future than we previously believed or has the past been altered to the point we are now doing more of the work for them?
We still don’t know what Jesse’s endgame is, but we are seeing how ruthless her determination is to get there. Riley’s mission is to keep John away from Cameron, but we only have Jesse’s statements that John’s relationship with Cameron is detrimental to the future of humankind. I’m not convinced Jesse is the enemy in the traditional sense, but who is to say she didn’t end up in a basement room herself and was brainwashed?
John went back to annoying me a bit. First of all, bloggers are very reliable. :p And can you strip the wallpaper in a rental home? I don’t think Sarah wants to keep him a kid, she doesn't want to loose her deposit.
The show did something very interesting visually. While Ellison was playing chess with John Henry, just before John Henry speaks, we see his words appear on the screen behind him. It provides visual emphasis that John Henry is just a computer, not the 'person' before seated. When Ellison talks about humans being God’s creation, John Henry asks if he is part of God’s creation and Ellison isn’t able to answer. Could he have before John Henry took human form? We care about Cameron, but, in reality, she is a computer chip. Does possessing a body, something that allows that artificial intelligence to interact with their environment and with people, make them more human?
And I have one thing to say about the preview for the upcoming episodes. Just in case you didn’t see the preview or chose not to view it I’ll do a spoiler cut.
Kyle Reese?!?! Ok, this twist has to mean one of three things. He’s not Kyle, but a terminator created in the image of Kyle. He’s part of Sarah’s hallucinations, which is not without precedence since in the deleted scenes for T2 Sarah imagined Kyle was with her in the psychiatric hospital. Or, and this one will make my head hurt, Kyle was sent back in time twice. If Derek’s missing memories are an indication that the future is changing then perhaps Kyle could have been sent back at a different point in time?
A particle got into the FTL drive and caused them to jump to the wrong spot. They are really pulling one out of their asses here, aren’t they?
I’m really confused by the time frame within the webisode. Gaeta and the others are assessing their situation which implies it’s a short time after the jump. Yet, Hoshi is stating they’ve been gone for two days. Huh?
I was worried about Jane Espenson writing the webisodes and my fears are being realized. The scene between Tigh and Hoshi had no place in the BSG universe. Hoshi just stopped short of saying he wants to go rescue his boyfriend and Tigh is considering his request. Seriously? This is not Buffy. There’s no shirking of your responsibilities while you go off to save your boyfriend.
I did love that they acknowledged (excluding the Six’s) that all Cylons look like all the other Cylons in their model line. I’m hoping we were supposed to laugh when the Sharon asked Gaeta if he recognized her.
Does Mark Sheppard guest star on every TV show? And was it just me or did anyone else see Romo without the glasses?
Parker still isn’t working for me. I’m assuming she’s supposed to come off as quirky, but I’m finding her rather dumb. The writing is somewhat to blame, but the actress’s delivery is severely lacking.
And it only took three episodes to work in Christian Kane singing! For those not aware of his other career as a singer that was his voice and his song playing near the end of the episode. We also got him sans shirt and making out which are two other good things.
I saw the news earlier today that Jack Black and Jessica Alba would be guest starring on the post-Super Bowl episode of The Office. I envisioned several members of my Flist not reacting well to this news. But, after reading TV Guide’s description of what is planned, it may end up being entertaining.