I just want to stop here, by the way, and mention that I think making the Cylons a human creation was definitely a mistake. I mean, I see where they were going with wanting to give the bad guys a motive that's fraught with dramatic tension and whatnot, but the fact that the Cylons had no motive was one of the things I actually liked about the original. All that really mattered back then was that they wanted to wipe out humanity. Reasons weren't important. And at its core, Battlestar Galactica is supposed to be about a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest for a shining planet known as Earth. It's not about humanity's comeuppance for our arrogance, or even about how the war started in the first place. It's about the journey, and mankind's last great struggle for survival, and that's what this mini-series is missing in spades. Maybe it'll be different once the series starts, but now that I've seen one naked and listened to her whine about God and being "alive" and all that crap, I'm just not as scared of the Cylons as I used to be. Oh, well. Maybe they'll get it right in 2028.
Galactica. The venerable old MS X-Files Sans Serif font informs us that we're in the Starboard Landing Bay, where the decommissioning ceremony is about to take place. The Vipers (both new and old) do their fly-by, accompanied by trumpets blowing the original show's theme as a fanfare. Aww. At least that one was kind of sweet. But not sweet enough to stop me from asking what kind of an idiot spaceship designer would build a landing bay with a roof made totally out of glass. Do we not have asteroids in the future? It's especially stupid when you remember that the landing pods are retracted into the ship most of the time, so you wouldn't even be able to see outside. Whatever.
PMKS introduces Commander Adama, who is there to deliver his farewell speech. The applause from the audience, however, is surprisingly light when Olmos's name gets called. The Teamsters with the whips must have had the afternoon off or something. After blatantly ripping off Winston Churchill (which is made all the more surprising by the fact that no one is supposed to know where Earth is), Adama stops to think about Zak, and loses his place. Everyone stares at him as he stands there silently, but you know no one has the balls to say anything about it, so they just wait until he rallies and finishes the speech in an oddly chosen extreme close-up. His whole point here is that maybe we shouldn't be fighting the Cylons (even though, as far as he knows, we're not at the moment), because human beings aren't worth saving. "We still commit murder," he preaches, "because of greed, and spite, and jealousy. And we still visit all of our sins upon our children." Um, I think Ron Moore might have gotten a few script pages mixed up in his briefcase on that one. It sounds like something Brother Justin would say. Apollo, meanwhile, listens to the speech over the radio in his Viper, and Starbuck is also listening down in the brig. "Sooner or later," Adama concludes, "the day comes when you can no longer hide from the things that you've done." This makes him sound like a serial killer or something, and that may explain why Mary McDonnell was the only one who applauded. I'm betting she just slept through the whole thing and has no idea why she's clapping. There's just something about a Sci-Fi Network mini-series that makes big-name actors feel the need to sleepwalk. Then again, they seem to have that effect on recappers, as well.